Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams criticized for glamorizing gang culture with her “crip dance” after beating Maria Sharapova in last Saturday’s tennis match final. Williams performed an impromptu rendition of the hip-hop dance that was made famous in the 1970’s by Los Angeles gang The Crips, which is known for ruthless murders, drug dealing and affiliation with the Mafia.
Serena has been called classless, ghetto, immature and many other names I don’t care to mention. It’s funny that the media, specifically Fox News, seems to be going after black athletes and not whites. Black gymnast Gabby Douglas was criticized for not being patriotic enough.
Fox News Jason Whitlock (who happens to be black) writes:
What Serena did was akin to cracking a tasteless, X-rated joke inside a church. It wasn’t quite as bad but it was in the same ballpark of the idiot sportswriter who decided to channel Andrew Dice Clay on Twitter the night Jeremy Lin channeled Allen Iverson.
Serena deserved to be criticized and she should’ve immediately apologized. Wimbledon isn’t the place to break out a dance popularized by California Crip gang members. She knows it. That’s why she got embarrassed when asked by reporters to reveal the name of the dance.
Crip Walking inside an NBA arena that is routinely filled with the sounds of edited versions of popular gangsta rap songs is different from Crip Walking at Wimbledon. That fact has nothing to do with race. It has to do with tradition and atmosphere. Wimbledon is a sports church, falsely prim, proper and respectful.
Another Fox Sports personality Reid Forgrave added:
‘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.
Serena Williams had this to say:
Williams insisted she hadn’t meant anything by the dance – that she was just so overjoyed after thrashing rival Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 to take home gold in the women’s final that her body almost did it of its own accord.
Serena Williams has had outbursts before, much like John McEnroe and others, but you don’t see them being harangued like Williams and Douglas. Um, Serena Williams’ so-called ‘crip dance’ was last Saturday, why are we still discussing this on Wednesday? What’s done is done and no, she owes no-one an apology. She was never in a gang and isn’t associated with a gang, so what’s the problem?