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Meryl Streep Gets Backlash From MMA Fans Over Swipe at Sport During Globes Speech

Meryl Streep MMA (HFPA/Shutterstock)As you might expect, there’s been a strong conservative backlash to Meryl Streep‘s Golden Globes speech on Sunday night, in which she strongly criticized President-elect Donald Trump without naming him. But the newly-minted Cecil B. DeMille award winner also upset another constituency in her speech: mixed martial arts fans.

Followers of the sport took umbrage with a line in Streep’s address which they felt was a dig.

“Hollywood is crawling with foreigners,” Streep said. “So if you kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts.”

MMA fans and fighters took to Twitter to express their outrage.

But perhaps Streep will soon be converted to the sport. Scott Coker, the president of Bellator — Viacom’s MMA promotional outfit — invited Streep to an upcoming fight card.

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