Serena Williams Olympics: Was Tennis Star Glorifying Gang Culture By Crip-Walking At Olympics?

Both Serena Williams and her sister, Venus, grew up and learned to play tennis in Compton , CA, a city which has become notoriously synonymous with the wider culture of gangs and gang violence.

Just after Serena Williams won the Olympic gold medal in tennis last weekend, she broke out into a little celebratory dance on the sidelines. And like a lot of what Williams does, her little shuffle became the focus of intense scrutiny.

When the sideline reporter asked her what the celebratory jig was, Williams played coy. “Actually, there is a name. But I don’t know if I — it’s inappropriate,” she said. “It’s just a dance we do in California.”

That extemporaneous dance — known as the c-walk, or “Crip walk,” after the notorious street gang that created it — was seen by some as glorification of gang culture.

“You couldn’t help but shake your head,” wrote Reid Forgrave at Fox Sports. “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.”


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