When Meryl Streep stood in front of the Golden Globes audience to deliver a scathing attack on the President-elect, Donald Trump, the legendary actress surely didn’t anticipate the heat she would come under for her comments on MMA.
From Scott Coker of Bellator inviting her to one of the promotion’s events, to UFC president Dana White describing her as an "uppity 80-year-old" in an interview with TMZ, the 19-time Oscar-nominated actress has received criticism across the spectrum from within the MMA world.
Now, it appears that Conor McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, has his own, fascinating take on Streep’s comments. Posting on his Facebook page, the SBG head coach had this to say:
A lot has been made of Meryl Streep's 'calling out' of Mixed Martial Arts as not being 'the arts'. She's 100% right, it's sport. I was just impressed she said mixed martial arts and not 'cage fighting'. People probably got a little defensive with the way she was clearly saying 'the arts' were so much superior to 'sport'. What would we ever do without Hollywood!!? The great American writer Joseph Campbell said the closest he ever came to a truly spiritual experience was through athletics. I wouldn't like to think of one activity better than the other - sport or art. Just do whatever you enjoy.
I think people's main issue with her teary well-acted speech was that she tried to pass herself, and the rest of her ultra rich and ultra-entitled liberal friends, off as 'an outsider'. Yes, Meryl, you're just like an illegal immigrant or starving refugee. Fuck off. Just carry on adding to your 100s of millions you've earned from playing pretend. You've known nothing but extreme wealth and privilege your whole life, so don't look down your nose at the sport which has probably helped a lot more people than the expensive drama schools you attended.
Happy Tuesday haha!
The Facebook post follows comments made by Ireland’s leading coach on Twitter yesterday, and had more to say about his comments being misconstrued today:
Hopefully, following the backlash that Meryl Streep has received, more people will seek to learn about mixed martial arts and not just take it at face value.
However, it is important to realize that MMA is not, and never will be, for everyone. The sport has come a long way since it’s inception, and is currently enjoying more mainstream coverage than ever before.
Long may it continue.