Streep, who received the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement during the 2017 Golden Globes, used her acceptance speech to criticize President-elect Donald Trump.
In particular, she slammed what she perceives as Trump's intolerance toward immigrants, warning that it could have dangerous effects.
“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners,” Streep said. “If we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”
That dig at MMA did not sit well with UFC President Dana White.
“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 told TMZ.
He said that Streep, who is actually 67 years old, is "not educated" about all the work that fighters put into their training.
“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," White said. "And the people who get into the UFC are the elite of the elite."
“To say something stupid like that is like saying she’s not a talented actress, which she is. She’s a very talented actress.”
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