Serena Williams may have earned herself a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, but the world is abuzz about her reaction to her win. After taking down Maria Sharapova in the women’s singles final, Williams burst into a victory dance and proceeded to Crip Walk for the world to see.

At the time, it seemed like Williams, a Compton, Calif., native, Crip Walked as a nod to her sister, Venus, who was cheering her on from the stands. And broadcasters were left stunned as Williams pumped her fist in the air, jumped up and down and C-Walked for a few seconds.

During a post-match conference, Williams finally gave some clarity to the media, who seemed to be flabbergasted by her Crip Walk.

“Actually, there is a name. But I don’t know if . . . it’s inappropriate,” Williams said, responding to questions about her victory dance. “It’s just a dance we do in California.”

Though her dance was done in a moment of pure joy, afterward, Williams seemed to be aware of the backlash that could come from her dance. And, of course, she was right.

FoxSports criticized Williams, saying, “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.”

Blogger Debbie Schlussel mirrored their sentiment, writing, “Yup, that’s what we need representing America, a Gold Medalist who, upon winning, glorifies hardened criminals who murder each other — and innocent Americans — for sport.”

However, the Washington Post defended Williams’ C-Walk, pointing out the questionable moral history of the games and explaining her dance as nothing more than a joyful exchange between two Compton sisters who rose out of their environment and ended up at the Olympics.

We’re inclined to agree with the Washington Post, but tell us what you think about Williams’ C-Walk. And check out some other infamous victory dances and acceptance speeches below. –nicholas robinson

 

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  • Cmiller_holmes

    I thought it was funny and cute. The crip walk is a dance that many people have done who do not condone or even know any crips. It seems we are always scrutinized for everything we do.

  • Beez

    Agree with Cmiller_holmes!  Is there a copyright on her dance moves by the Crips?  Could some of the steps actually be seen in a Charlie Chaplin movie from over 50 years ago?
    Willing to bet 90% of America (much less the WORLD) had NO idea there was a ‘Crips Walk’ – until the media blew it up, and made it a headline story.  If the media world is guilty of ‘dumbing down’ the public, it seems that we are complicit in supporting their efforts: stupid and stupider??

  • SherriEtienne

    I think this is another sad attempt to disguise how they really feel and what they really wanna say about these black women dominating the wins of this once white dominated sport!!!!!!!!!!!!! I say Fk’em and keep on keeping on… Her dance was out of pure joy and excitement, nothing more. Hell, people do the cabbage patch or churn the butter and don’t nobody say nothing about that! Kill yo’self!

    • Integration Anxiety

      First off, tennis is still dominated by Whites. After the Williams “sisters” (or are they brothas?”) there won’t be a huge influx of blacks dominating tennis. It’s never going to be dominated by blacks. Most blacks don’t like tennis, or hockey or baseball, or golf. Yeah, Tiger Woods really helped a lot of blacks make the PGA tour didn’t he? And no, you go kill yo’self. If you can’t learn to use proper English then GTFO!

    • TheRealTruthSerum

       Kill my sef’. Nope, I finna ta life up, yo. By the way; we don’t disguise how we feel we just say it. Here it is: She’s a great athlete who celebrated by doing a gangbanger dance. If you want to back her up fot it then it’s your problem.

  • James mason

    First of all, whites especially do not under stand the ways in which the black community celebrates, there is always an issue when we choose our own methods of celebration or even protests for that matter.  They should not worry about Serena doing the “CRIP WALK”, just talk about the ” LA Stomp” she put on her opponents……Its Black and you wouldn’t understand….. 

  • SherriEtienne

    I think this is another sad attempt to disguise how they really feel and what they really wanna say about these black women dominating the wins of this once white dominated sport!!!!!!!!!!!!! I say Fk’em and keep on keeping on… Her dance was out of pure joy and excitement, nothing more. Hell, people do the cabbage patch or churn the butter and don’t nobody say nothing about that! Kill yo’self!

  • ablain

    Yes, I agree with the Washington Post writer. Hard work ,dedication = victory = dance!!   

  • WHaleWillie

    WOuld this ‘ave been any diifrn’t if she done da Blood Stroll?  Crips, Bloods, Latin Kings should get togetha’ fo’ one big homo-bobo choo choo train.  Be kinda like soul train but wit’ fags. 

    I rememba’ one day, was havin’ a 3-sum with Vanessa and Venus.  D’ey go all ha’dcore and sta’t rippin’ out each otha’s pussy hairs.  Had to end it all ba defficat’n on d’er lice ridden hairdos.  Both ho’s be chillin’ lick da chocolate treat.

  • Orecle1

    OK about Serena Williams walk. i don’t think she was glory fining gangsters she was just doing her.a young lady from Compton who has archive so much at Her age