Dear Hollywood: Insult UFC fans at your own risk

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

When Meryl Streep wasn’t attacking Donald Trump at the Golden Globes for bringing alleged disrespect, violence, and bullying into politics, she included one more line that made much of middle America, and perhaps conservative millennials, cringe: “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”

It was a line thrown at Trump’s America First rhetoric that maybe was meant as a joke, but Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White took exception. White told TMZ Sports on Monday, “It’s not going to be everybody’s thing and the last thing in the world I expect is an uppity, 80-year old lady (Streep’s actually 67) to be in our demographic and love mixed martial arts.”

Who is in UFC’s demographic, however, is a diverse and young fan base.

According to Adweek, the median age of the UFC fanbase is 37.8, and 45 percent of UFC’s devotees are millennials (31 percent overall being male millennials). With Dana White having spoken on behalf of the President-Elect at the RNC in July, one could deduce that many of those from Gen-Y either voted for Trump, have right-leaning tendencies, or come from red states.

This brings home a larger point, and a word of warning to the Democrats. As one of my favorite personalities, Fox Sports’ Clay Travis, said after Trump’s victory, “College football won this election.” The only traditional Big 10 and SEC states that Trump didn’t secure were Minnesota and Illinois, and common sense/looking at a map makes it obvious Chicago and Minneapolis carry those states. Even out-and-proud conservative star James Woods joined in on the Globes Twitter commentary:

Just as Trump has wanted to show the best person to fix the system is one that’s benefited from it, what better source to exclaim dismay over Hollywood and the Democrats’ increasing elitism then a celebrity?

When Meryl Streep scoffs at diehard sports fans, she does so ignorantly and foolishly. Here’s a message that can’t be repeated enough to the bubble, to the limousine liberals: embrace Hollywood at your own risk. To Hollywood: the media, the political pundits, and the Acela Corridor misplayed the vote, the direction of the country. Don’t misplay your audience, or you may lose a generation at the ticket counter and snack bar.


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