White responds to Streep’s remark for TMZ
January 9, 2017
Dana White has responded to Meryl Streep’s remark about mixed martial arts in her Golden Globe speech. In an interview with TMZ, White called Streep an “uppity 80-year-old lady” in his response.
Streep is an accomplished 67-year-old actress that graduated from Yale. Her comments were directed to President-elect Donald Trump and she made an offhand remark about mixed martial arts and football in the process.
Scott Coker invited Streep to Bellator 170 in Los Angeles as an offer for her to partake in an MMA event. But mostly, for the free publicity it might garner (it may have worked, as MMA sites like this one took the bait).
While he tried to be even-handed in his rebuttal of the purported diss, he could not help himself with the “uppity” remark.
Michelle Waterson also provided a commentary on Streep’s speech in defense of MMA.
Is MMA an art? According to courts, no. White’s rebuttal is more for PR consideration than anything else. Ironically, he calls Streep’s reference to MMA as uneducated but does not know her age. If he does, he makes a juvenile shot at her age. Apparently, White needed to respond to the comments. Waterson also took part as Streep’s remark which has been interpreted as pejorative as to MMA struck a chord within the ultrasensitive MMA community.