Dana White Fires Shots At Actress Meryl Streep For Her Golden Globes Speech
Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes acceptance speech has seen her receive backlash from athletes, fans and brass from around the mixed martial arts world.
Accepting her “Cecil B. DeMille” award, Streep took a shot at President Elect Donald Trump. While commenting that Hollywood’s best and brightest stars are made up of a diverse group of people, Streep let fly on football and mixed martial arts.
“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts,” she said.
While the comment may come across as an offhand remark, it certainly ignited some flames in the mixed martial arts community.
Speaking with TMZ, UFC President and promoter Dana White responded to Streep’s comment.
“It’s not going to be everybody’s thing and the last thing in the world I expect is an uppity, 80-year old lady to be in our demographic and love mixed martial arts,” White said.
Streep attacked Trump for seemingly mocking a disabled reporter back in 2015. She asked that the media hold the president elect accountable for his actions during his tenure in the White House.
White has long been a Trump supporter, having spoken for “The Donald” at the Republican National Convention, but was unsure as to why Streep mentioned mixed martial arts in her acceptance speech.
“I don’t know. Maybe. Maybe she did, I’m not sure. I mean (UFC owner) Ari Emanuel is definitely Hollywood and he makes movies and TV shows and wasn’t a Trump supporter either, but I don’t know,” White said.
“Of course it’s an art. I mean these fighters, the men and women are so talented, they train their whole lives to become the best in the world and the people who get into the UFC are the elite of the elite.
White took exception with Streep’s comments regarding diversity, noting that the UFC has athletes from all around the world on it’s roster.
“We have fighters from all over the world,” White said. “World champions, men and women, we do tons of fights in foreign countries. She’s not educated about the sport and it was a completely uneducated comment.”