What does Meryl Streep have against football and MMA anyway?

Meryl Streep stole the show Sunday night at the Golden Globes with a speech that riled up partisans on both sides of the aisle.

The legendary actress’ commentary about the 2016 presidential election and its fallout also caught some sports fans (specifically football and MMA) in the crossfire.

"So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners,” she said, “and if you kick them all out, you'll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts."

Putting aside the first part being a strawman, the second begs an obvious question: Is there anything wrong with wanting to watch nothing but  football and MMA?

Both of those sports, of course, enjoy diverse fan bases and talent pools, but maybe that’s just an inconvenient truth.

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