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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Serena Williams on gangster dance critics: ‘I don’t care’

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.

Williams said at the time that the dance was not planned, though she acknowledged it was somewhat inappropriate. Now she really doesn’t care what her critics have to say.

“It’s getting so much attention,” Williams told Us Weekly Monday in London. “It just happened. I was so excited that it just came out,” she said, laughing. “I guess I’m good at it!”

Asked about her critics, Williams responded “I don’t care. That’s the least of my worries … I’m so excited I was able to do the dance. I’m glad I did it!”

Williams seemed to be proud about doing the dance considering she pointed to her family after breaking it out. The dance was a nod to her Compton, Ca., roots, and it’s so mainstream by now I really don’t even think about its gangster ties when I see it. I’m also guessing Serena didn’t do it because she endorses the killing, stealing, and violence associated with the gangster life. She looked to me like someone just having fun and celebrating.

Still, this isn’t the first time Serena has caused a controversy by exercising some poor judgment and then expressed little regret. That’s just the way she is.



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