Pop Minute

Home    Photos    Videos    What's on TV Tonight


Serena Williams: 'I Don't Care' About Criticism Over 'Crip Walk' Dance

Serena Williams (photosSerena Williams photos) says she doesn't care about criticism she's receiving for the "crip walk" dance she did after beating Maria Sharapova (photosMaria Sharapova photos) to win the singles gold medal at the London Olympics, due to the its association with gang members in her hometown of Compton, California.

Williams' five second interpretation of the "crip walk" was an impromptu reaction to her victory, which has placed her alongside another tennis star of the past, Steffi Graf, as only the second woman ever to have won the Golden Slam, by winning all for Grand Slam titles, plus an Olympics Gold medal.

The criticism began after Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports said: "What Serena did was akin to cracking a tasteless, X-rated joke inside a church. Serena deserved to be called out. What she did was immature and classless."

"There was Serena," he went on to add, "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."

"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."

During the post-match news conference, Serena Williams didn't want to talk about the dance: "Actually, there is a name. But I don't know if it's inappropriate. It's just a dance we do in California."

But now that she's had a day to think about it, Williams says she doesn't care as long as she has her Gold medal.

"I don't care. That's the least of my worries," she said in her first interview since the incident. "I'm so excited I was able to do the dance. I'm glad I did it!"

"It's getting so much attention. It just happened. I was so excited that it just came out," she laughed. "I guess I'm good at it!"

August 7, 2012 |

Related Posts
  Serena Williams Slams McEnroe For Saying She'd Rank 700th On Men's Tour
  Serena Williams Says She Accidentally Announced Her Pregnancy On Social Media
  Serena Williams Responds To Racially-Charged Comments About Her Unborn Child
  Serena Williams Pregnant With First Child, Shares Photo of Baby Bump
  Serena Williams: It Wasn't Fair For Fans To Blame Drake For My US Open Loss
  Serena Williams Chases Down Man Who Stole Her Phone At Restaurant
  'Harry Potter's JK Rowling Shuts Down Commenter On Serena Williams
  Caroline Wozniacki Stuffs Bra To Imitate Serena Williams
  Serena Williams Makes Second Attempt To 'Sincerely Apologize'




© Copyright & Privacy Policy Pop Minute. All rights reserved. | Feedback



 
Alec Baldwin's Wife Wants Fourth Child: 'Right After I Deliver I Want Another One'
Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney Says Team Doctor Molested Her As Teen
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Tears Up Talking About Gord Downie's Death
Howard Stern Talks About Harvey Weinstein with Jimmy Kimmel
Conan's Jordan Schlansky Speaks For 6 Minutes About 'Star Wars' vs 'Star Trek'
Stephen Colbert Takes Closer Look at Artificial Intelligence
Jimmy Kimmel Asks Kids About Los Angeles vs New York
'Big Hero 6' TV Movie To Launch New Animated Series
'Jeopardy!' Contestant Wins In Wild Finish With Just $1

Latest Photos (bikini babes)

   

Bella Thorne | Ximena Cordoba | Kristina Peric | Melissa Satta