- The Washington Times - Monday, January 9, 2017

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White slammed actress Meryl Streep for her speech at Sunday night’s Golden Globes awards show, saying her criticism of mixed martial arts was “stupid” and “uneducated.”

“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,” Mr. White told TMZ.

Ms. Streep, 67, delivered a long speech Sunday night slamming President-elect Donald Trump after she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

“What is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places,” Ms. Streep told the audience. “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.”

Mr. White took umbrage at the actress’ characterization of MMA as not being “art.”

“Of course it’s an art,” he said. “I mean, these fighters, the men and women are so talented. They train their whole lives to become the best in the world.”

“Saying something stupid like that is like saying she’s not a talented actress, which she is, she’s a very talented actress,” he added.

Mr. White agreed with his TMZ interviewer that MMA is one of the most diverse sports out there.

“We have fighters from all over the world,” he said. “We do fights in tons of foreign countries. She’s not educated about the sport, and it was a completely uneducated comment.”

Mr. White isn’t the only big name in the industry to slam Ms. Streep for her comments.

MMA fighter Tamdan McCrory tweeted, “[Expletive] Meryl Streep. Talks [expletive] about MMA then says ‘disrespect begets disrespect’. Typical hypocritical Hollywood liberal.”

UFC reporter Megan Olivi tweeted, “Really weird to see someone talk about not discriminating then basically discriminate against an entire group of skilled, hard working ppl.”

Meanwhile, the White House on Monday defended Ms. Streep’s speech, with press secretary Josh Earnest calling it a “thoughtful, carefully considered message.”

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