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:
“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?