Tennis star Serena Williams has enjoyed the Olympics glory by winning the gold medal after defeating Russian player Maria Sharapova. But for many, this was something expected and predicted as well. So, what new can Serena offer them? The answer to the question came right after the match ended and the fans of the reputed star realized that she has some really nice dancing skills.
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Nice enough to drag her into controversy for glamorizing gang culture! Obviously, Serena could not have expected anything else after she showcased her dancing moves on controversial ‘Crip Walk’ on Wimbledon’s grass court, but maybe overjoyed after the victory she failed to realize the consequences of her post-victory Crip Walk dance act.
According to Serena it was a gesture of her celebration. "It was just me. I love to dance... I didn't know what else to do. I was so happy and next thing I know I started dancing and moving. I didn't plan it. It just happened." Made famous in the 1970s by Los Angeles gang The Crips, the dance has for long been related with ruthless murders, drug dealing and affiliation with Mafia. And with Serena Williams doing such a defamed dance at Wimbledon, it was soon met with a barrage of criticism. Fox Sports reporter Jason Whitlock dubbed Williams’ impromptu jig 'immature and classless'. On the flip side criticism was met with appreciation for the great tennis player as well. It is worth mentioning here that topping the list of Serena’s latest fans was Californian rapper Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) who tweeted:
Shot out to Serena williams. C walking at the Olympics Cpt style hahahahah! Go girl. twitter.com/SnoopDogg/stat…— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) August 4, 2012
The rapper has played a pivotal role in popularizing the move.
Celebratory dances are commonplace in sports, especially after crucial and significant Olympic wins. Mo Farah did his signature ‘Mobot’ move after winning gold in the 10,000 meter race on Saturday. The US women’s soccer team exhibited their potentials in dancing after beating North Korea.
Moreover, it is useless to make a dance move into a political statement. For a player who has won an Olympic gold medal for her country, the level of happiness must have been unimaginable. In the state of jubilation she performed a dance act she has been watching rappers perform on television or that has been popularized so much.
The unnecessary sensationalism of her dance would only undermine the services and achievements a player like Serena Williams in her 30-year-tennis career.
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