Meryl Streep should be good at Golden Globe speeches: She’d already given eight of them before 2017. Yet this year’s felt a bit off. Not because of her attack on Donald Trump—that was to be expected, and you doubtless made up your mind whether it was great or awful based on your preexisting political affiliations before she said a word.
Her attack on MMA, however, was as surprising as T.J. Dillashaw’s 2014 upset of Rene Barão.
Streep announced: “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.”
With the implication that MMA is not only not an art, but that it is somehow free of outsiders and foreigners.
Right, Meryl. After all, outsiders never get into fighting: Fisticuffs are reserved for bluebloods. And MMA greatness is limited to only Americans, with the following exceptions:
- Royce Gracie, the Brazilian who won the first Ultimate Fighting Championship tournament.
- Anderson Silva, another Brazilian who is arguably the greatest fighter in the history of the sport.
- Fedor Emelianenko, the Russian usually put forward as the sport’s best heavyweight.
- Conor McGregor, the Irishman reigning as the sport’s biggest draw.
- Georges St-Pierre, the Quebec native who was top dog before McGregor.
- The entire nation of Japan, who supported Japan’s Pride Fighting Championships that were essential to the growth of the sport.
- Amanda Nunes, yet another Brazilian who just destroyed Ronda Rousey, potentially causing her to retire and embrace her acting career full time.
It should be noted, Nunes grew up in extreme poverty, arrived in the U.S. with a limited understanding of English and is openly gay: I’m going to suggest there were times she felt a little more like an outsider than Streep, who attended Vassar and Yale Drama School before winning her first Golden Globe and Oscar when she was barely 30.
Outsiders and foreigners aren’t a part of mixed martial arts: They are mixed martial arts.
So next time Streep makes a call for being open-minded and inclusive, let’s hope she is not so ignorant about and dismissive of others. Maybe Rousey can clue her in when they’re filming that Road House sequel together.