Tonight at the Golden Globes awards Meryl Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an award given for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. Very much their version of a lifetime achievement award.
In her speech, Streep went after President-Elect Donald Trump. She conveyed that by kicking people out of the country we would be left with, “nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 9, 2017
It’s not so much a dig at the world of mixed martial arts as it is an attempt to convey how important the actors and actresses from all walks of life and backgrounds make up the very fabric of what we see in the movies and on television.
That being said, it didn’t stop some in the MMA community from taking the comment to heart. Bellator CEO Scott Coker took to twitter to pen an open letter to Streep, inviting her to Bellator 170 in Los Angeles.
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) January 9, 2017
Coker is no doubt well intentioned and yes there is an art to the sport. And not to knock Coker’s attempt, but are Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiz really the right guys to get that point across?
Either way, kudos to Scott for taking advantage of the moment and no doubt creating some buzz.
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