…several fighters and mixed martial arts supporters took to Twitter to voice their opinions on Streep’s comments. Many pointed to the double standard in her speech, which called on Americans to rise above hatred and intolerance yet casually dissed an entire class of sports and their fans.
UFC Host Megan Olivi wrote: “Really weird to see someone talk about not discriminating then basically discriminate against an entire group of skilled, hard working ppl.”
Others reminded her that numerous Ultimate Fighting Championship’s titleholders hail from many parts of the world, with champions Jose Aldo, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes or MMA superstar Ronda Rousey all having roots outside the country…
I’d like to add a personal message to Mz Streep…
I became sober almost 13 years ago and credit my participation in Muay Thai kickboxing for much of my success. The discipline, interaction with healthy people, incredibly hard and brutal workouts and camaraderie with people from all walks of life made my mind, body and soul healthy and is what made me more successful at my first attempt sobriety than approximately 90% of the people who try and fail. I’ve watched young men rise up from “shit holes” and dead end lives of poverty and drug abuse. I’ve seen overweight and shy girls with low self esteem get themselves in incredible physical shape and saw the confidence that came with the transformations. I’ve seen people released from prison who’ve stayed out and made things right with society and themselves.
I’ve lost count of how many celebrities and entertainers struggle with depression, substance abuse and how many of you we’ve seen commit suicide or overdose because of severe emotional problems and inability to overcome them. And these are people with resources and support that most of us don’t have.
So go fuck yourself.