Serena Williams dropped it like it was hot on Saturday, celebrating her first singles gold medal by performing an impromptu crip walk. But of course her jig set off a firestrom from critics. SMH! Check out the scoop!
Via Washington Post:
Serena Williams did more than win a gold medal on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on Saturday. With a rhythmic celebratory bounce in front of millions worldwide, she inadvertently set off a firestorm that is misguided and dripping with racist, patronizing overtones.
To be clear, the “C” in C-Walk stands for Crip. As in the gang. The dance was popularized by gang members from Williams’ home town, Compton, Calif., well before she was born. Over time, it was popularized fondly while its roots were ignored. That’s unfortunate, but understandable. A funky dance is a funky dance.
During the post-match news conference, though, Williams backtracked: “Actually, there is a name. But I don’t know if . . . it’s inappropriate,” Williams said, responding to inquiries about her jig. “It’s just a dance we do in California.”
And there was Serena — the tennis legend, the winner of 14 individual Grand Slams, the best player of her generation, the American girl being crowned at the All-England Club as the queen of tennis — Crip-Walking all over the most lily-white place in the world.
She didn’t do it on purpose. It was a moment of unbridled joy. She pumped her fist, jumped up and down, looked into the crowd, then did her ill-timed dance.
You couldn’t help but shake your head. It was as if Serena just couldn’t seem to avoid dipping into waters of controversy even as she’d ascended to the top of her sport.
YOUR THOUGHTS on SERENA WILLIAMS CRIP WALK?
I see no harm in her being overjoyed and dancing in excitment! OMG people!
Congrats SERENA!!! My girl!