Crip Walk Dance: Serena Williams Criticized Over Olympic Celebration

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Serena Williams celebrated her Olympic tennis gold medal Saturday with a seemingly harmless dance move, but its origins have some people criticizing the star.

In a brief homage to her hometown of Compton, Calif., the 30-year-old busted out an impromptu crip walk, a dance move once popularized by gang members.

Check out Serena Williams' crip walk dance below:

The move mostly passed by without incident, as Serena danced for about five seconds, and the crip walk dance dates back to her childhood, two decades ago.

Clearly, she was just having fun and basking in the Olympic moment, while perhaps giving a shout-out to the L.A.-area city of her humble beginnings.

Of all things to rip Serena Williams over, it's unclear how this even makes the list. Still, some critics act as if she crip walked all over Buckingham Palace.

Fox Sports wrote after the incident:

"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."

In a word, chill.

Serena's done plenty over the years to warrant criticism, but give it a rest. It was just a fun moment, a little dance move, not a pro-gang political statement.

What's next, Andy Murray climbing into the player's box after his win Sunday being spun as a commentary on Scotland's movement for Independence?

You tell us: What do you think of Serena's crip walk?


Mr. America, u sound so bitter. Ever achieved anything in ur life? guess is probably not. U watch black people do it and u wonder how the hell do they do it? Will tell you how..they go by the moment, they see an opportunity and they grab it,...yes while u stand and watch! ..and then they celebrate, by dancing! the moment. they dont go "am happy i want to dance, lets see, which dance will be acceptable by losers?" hell noooo!So while u are hoping for a murder to happen, there goes another black person doing better than u, achieving the unachievable, and well, DANCING!


Serena is a great performer but is at the same time an ignorant classless individual. She embarrassed herself, not me, by doing her stupid ignorant black ghetto 'Crip Dance'. The Crips are useless doped up ignorant violent animals who end up killing each other. the oners who survive the killing end up in jail the rest of their Negro worthless lives. At lest 75% to maybe 80% of all murders are male Negroes killing other male Negroes. it must be some tribal genetic gene that originated back in Africa and obviously continues today. Serena did a 'Crip Dance' to remind everyone about these horrible real facts of life? Serena needs to have one of her family members murdered by one of the Crips and then she can do her dance once again at the funeral.


when I am happy and something extremely extraordinary happens I dance,an unconscious act you feel a beat and you just bust a move its just that simple ,what you feel at that moment thats what she felt That was her Happy Dance Its OK yall ,ant no shootin going down behind this so its all good. Let go Let God!


Yeah, its no big deal, unless you work closely with several different gangs, not just crips. Yeah this no big deal could have made things difficult for me and the gang youths I work with. No big deal my ass. She was irresponsible and arrogant. And since when is the black culture defined by a known gang dance. Until your in the middle of 50 to 100 pissed off gangbangers wanting to get at eachother for less then this shut up cause you don't know.




Every time black people are happy you guys have a problem with it, sister did good and if you don't like it learn the moves, and shut it up.


Wow some people should just get a life. I dont any of the losers talking trash, winning anything. Its a DANCE. A crazy man just killed 12 people, not to long ago. She danced a harmless dance. GET OVER IT!!!!!!


Oh geez c'mon now Serena! You're supposed to make us African-Americans look better and lose the strereo-types, not give more reasons to do it...oh wait, too late -_-


No harm, no foul.


@ jeff...your comments are the most racist of all. SHAME on you for wishing a race was eliminated. I'm also not sure how you can identify who is white based on their comments unless they specify.

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