Meryl Streep takes backhanded swipe at MMA

Monday, January 09, 2017

Meryl Streep gave a speech Sunday night at the Golden Globes 2017, after winning the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. She peripherally took a gentle swipe at mixed martial arts, and more pointed ones at the president-elect.

“All of us in this room, really, belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now,” she said, as transcribed by Christie D’Zurilla and Jessica Roy for the LA Times. “Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners, and the press.”

“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if we kick ’em all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which ARE NOT THE ARTS.”

Next she took aim at Trump, describing her feelings when she saw him mock disabled reporter Serge Kovaleski. For the record, Trump has repeatedly denied it. You can read a breakdown at Snopes.

“It kind of broke my heart when I saw it,” said Streep. “I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie, it was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

“As my friend the dear departed Princess Leia said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art.”

Reactions were varied.

“In a weird way, she’s our president,” said Rami Malek, who plays the lead role of Elliot Alderson in the critically acclaimed USA Network television series Mr. Robot.

The MMA community had a little different reaction.

“Pretty sure only being able to watch MMA and football wouldn’t be too bad,” quipped Kevin ‘The Ref’ MacDonald on his social network.


And this was Trump’s response to the charge that he suffers from an instinct to humiliate.