Skip to comments.Serena Williams responds to her gangster dance critics: 'I don't care'
Posted on 08/07/2012 11:49:28 AM PDT by illiacEdited on 08/07/2012 12:07:14 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Serena Williams caused a mini-controversy when she celebrated winning a gold medal in the women's singles at the London Olympics with a gangster dance.
The dance, which has been referred to as a "Crip Walk," was technically more likely a "Blood Walk." Regardless, she was flogged by many for her celebration.
(Excerpt) Read more at olympics.yardbarker.com ...
Video included if that is your thing....
She’s rich enough to not have to care.
Still tacky though.
She has ‘ghettofied’ the 0lympics just as 0bama has ‘ghettofied’ the White House. And they both make our flag fall to the ground.
Do the Crips have a trademark on this dance? It was a little dance. What’s the big deal? How stupid for the press to have a boner over this.
No class arrogance.
You can take the girl out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the girl.
I’m far more disgusted by the comments on this thread, including yours, than I am over a silly celebration dance.
FTA: “I was so excited that it just came out”
I can fully understand a little dance “just coming out” at such an event.
I cannot, however, understand how a dance created by gangsters is so internalized that it “just came out.”
A slut for doing this dance-step? And, you say SHE’s the undignified fool?
My girlfriends and I were doing this same type of dance footwork back in the late 80s, and there was no “Gang Connotation” associated with it that we were aware of - at least not in the Mid-west. In fact, it reminds me of the little walk on the railing in the movie “The Breakfast Club” in many ways...
People see what they want to see - that’s the truth of this matter.
Slut? Really? You're the one proving who has no class.
As far as Serena's dance goes, 99% of the people here would have zero idea of its origins except for all the "outrage" it has caused.
This stupid story has about as much significance as Brandi Chastain's sports bra.
I am getting sick of people criticizing people for doing things the way they want to. I doubt she was trying to glorify gangs. It was just a dance. How about Gabby Douglas hair? She is being criticized for the way she wears her hair. Who cares. Why can’t she just wear her hair the way she wants. We, on the right, cannot fall into their trap of politicizing EVERYTHING. We are not like them and we need to stop this, not further it.
That’s actually the right answer. That little dance got out of gang culture and hit the general population a long time ago. People upset about it just whiners looking for reasons to whine. Even if it was still gangsta, who gives a crap, her win she can do what she wants. People need to stop being so addicted to the sound of their own pissing and moaning, 99% of what people complain about is stupid, and the other 1% has become stupid because of the company it’s forced to keep.
This is freaking ridiculous. How many people would have known it had ANY ties to some “gang” were it not for the media making such a huge deal out of it??? Surely, my friends and I who danced in High School in the late 80s and beyond weren’t doing this type of footwork because we were in, nor did we idolize gangs! We lived in the Mid-West suburbs and didn’t know much about LA’s gangster life!
This whole controversy reminds me of the movie “Footloose” (the original), frankly... God forbid someone dance for happiness!
You know nothing about my class....
Calling a successful, young, American Olympian we should be proud of a "slut" because you don't like how she dances says plenty about your class. Or, should I say, lack thereof.
I wouldn’t expect anything less of you, man.
I think people are just sore because she grew up in a hellhole and still wiped the floor with all the kids who enjoyed country club memberships, million-dollar “tennis camps” and all the advantages traditional big tennis winners enjoy.
That is the definition of talent.
And if a lack of “class” is the new standard for diminishing someone’s amazing athletic achievement, privileged darling John McEnroe should never be allowed to show his face at a tennis court ever again.
At the end of the day...who really cares. Spectator sports, the Olympics, what dances someone does in victory or what precious sensibilities any of these things offend, just aren't that vital to us as a nation. There are more important things to be paying attention to than bread and circuses.
“I’ll tell you what, then. Why don’t you call me some time when you have no class?”
-Rodney Dangerfield in “Back To School” (1986)
We say that we support “freedom” as conservatives.
I wish we would support the freedom of other people to enjoy themselves, as long as no harm is done.
I think you're right. I guess it goes something like this, in some minds:
Serena Williams does a 4 second victory dance after winning a Gold Medal - slut, ghetto, gangsta
John McEnroe yells, throws things, insults people, whines incessantly over course of several years - competitive, fiery, determined
Looked like a cute little dance step to me regardless of who it originated with. “I don’t care” is a great attitude IMO. “I don’t give a rat’s ass” is even better and just how I feel about political correctness of any kind.
I’m with Serena.
And for the record, that looked like a quick Texas 2-step.
The best part to me is that she has reached the highest that anyone can in her chosen field, is having fun, getting rich and driving all you anonymous, pompous, self-righteous midgets crazy in the bargain.
Actually, the dance moves were more than likely choreographed originally or deeply inspired by Paula Abdul (when she was choreographing for the LA Lakers Cheerleaders and Janet Jackson, etc...), or other professional dancers and choreographers that were her contemporaries, or even her teachers - at least that’s who all the young people dancing “back in the day” just before “Hip-Hop” became well-known were ‘copying’ - including all the Hip-Hop, Freestyle, and House dancing “gangsters”.
We could look back even further in the history of dance and find similarities at other times as well - including similarities in regards to people’s attitudes and reactions such as those displayed on this thread.
I fully understand that most Americans love it. Otherwise they wouldn't be as common as they are today.
Sorry, Cubby...but we all know a lot about your "class", now.
I thought there was something to it until I saw the “dance”, all 4 seconds of it! Wow, people don’t we have more important things to tear our hair out over like the other black champions straightened hair?!
her sister was shot down in Compton. i think she was killed by a Crip.
the story goes that the Crip Walk was about spelling out the name of the other gang and doing a step over it.
I am surprised that some of those announcers even knew what it was when she did it.
What in the world...?
I was expecting some giggling and hip grinding or something, based on some of the comments here. For pete’s sake — NFL cheerleaders look “sluttier” than this girl skipping a few steps. For that matter, I’ve seen more “ghetto” dances from NFL players after a touchdown.
Lighten up, Francis.
She doesn’t drive me crazy dear as I haven’t wasted time following her career. As for her being rich and at the top of her field, all well and good for her. All she has done is prove that all the money and rewards in the world can’t buy class.
Some of these people are so uptight they can hit the inaudible sonic ranges after a bean burrito and a bowl of popcorn!
I’m on her side. And even if I wasn’t because I’m just generally sick of the culture of incessant whining I would be because whiners are now incessing about her.
Slut was probably too strongly worded. But I will say this Serena Williams grew up in Compton, California a Crip stronghold. She obviously grew up around a gangster influence by living in that area, not that that’s her fault there are some great people that escape the ghetto and make something out of themselves. But, the glorification of a criminal organization on the global stage when she is representing America is a disgrace and it disgusts me that a gold medal for Team USA has been tarnished by her Crip dance.
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“Actually, the dance moves were more than likely choreographed originally or deeply inspired by Paula Abdul”
Oh, yeah, blame it on the Jew.
Serena is a racist, ghetto skank. Her ‘crips dance’ was unsportsmanlike and a show of disrespect to the Olympics. She is the female version of Mike Tyson, less the ear biting thing. I was glad to see the American flag fall from it’s hanger during her ceremony. Her conduct isn’t deserving of our flag and it didn’t want to fly for her.
No truer words were ever posted. Serena Williams, and her over the hill sister, embody everything wrong in pro sports. Every time they amble onto the court, the late great Arthur Ashe, turns over in his grave.
When ever they hang up their size 16 tennis skirts, the sport will be 10X better off.
I kinda like the celebratory dance. Hope she does it more often.
I once read a rant by the father and girls about how the white man ‘tried to hold the girls down and prevent them from advancing in tennis’.
Things never change.
A) I have zero interest in Williams or tennis. I would be glad to see anybody succeed and am delighted that she doesn't care one wit what a bunch of judgemental tight-ass midgets think.
B) Please explain how resentful ankle-biting is conservative or patriotic or Christian.
Old man Williams, believe it or not, plays the Race Card more often than Al Sharpton. When you see his spawn doing a booty dance, throwing gang signs and threatening officials, you see him.
Apples don't fall too far from the tree.
As a uncoordinated white male I wish I could dance like that.
This was posted by a fellow FReeper the other day on another thread re; African Americans:
“Dignified people, and especially world leaders and their wives, know how to keep their emotions from showing. Lower classes are always anxious to let everyone see how they are feeling. It comes from a sense of needing others to agree with them or to believe they are extremely happy, sad, discontented, angry, etc. with whatever is happening or being done or said at the moment.
Making faces or acting overly emotional (clapping too large and hard, laughing too loudly, frowning when displeased, etc.) is not something done by a person of class or an astute leader, business person, successful manager, etc. They learn to develop almost “poker faces” and to control excessive outward displays of emotion.
Michelle comes from a background where it is common practice that everyone is supposed to hear and see how you feel. Restraint, tact, and controlled behavior is not practiced, or even understood. She has been around the Queen of England and hundreds of other dignitaries. You think she would have observed this and learned a lesson. And if anyone dared bother to explain this to her, it is obvious she didn’t listen.
You just cannot make a silk purse from a sow’s ear.”
The sisters are not exactly my cup of tea. I’m not racist, they’re just neither classy enough to be role models or colorfully obnoxious enough for entertainment value (yes, Mac, I’m looking right at you). They’re just bleh. That said, I laughed when I read that headline. Neither Serena nor Venus has ever given a crap before in their careers. Why would either of them start now?
A) You mean hard work, dedication and talent?
B) Why mention Arthur Ashe, I mean out of all the great tennis playersof the past, why choose him?
Oh, wait...it's the black thing for you, isn't it? Your slip is showing.
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