Serena Williams celebrated her Olympic tennis gold medal Saturday with what seemed to be a fun and harmless dance move, but its origins have some people criticizing the star.
To pay homage to her hometown, the 30-year-old busted out an impromptu crip walk, a dance move once popularized by gang members.
“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,” Serena told reporters on her dance moves after the win.
When bemused reports asked her what the dance was called, Serena replied:
“Actually, there is a name. But I don’t know if I – it’s inappropriate. It’s just a dance we do in California.”
For those celebrities in the know about the famous dance, Serena was praised on Twitter by her celebrity peers.
“Shot out to Serena williams. C walking at the Olympics Cpt style hahahahah! Go girl,” Snoop Dogg wrote.
“Serena Williams becomes the 1st woman to win all four Grand Slams and a gold medal in both singles and doubles and C-walk on Centre Court,” the official London Olympics Twitter account wrote.
Even Serena’s best friend Kim Kardashian mentioned her moves, adding: “Soooo proud of @serenawilliams!!!!!! Bring home the gold baby! Haha I see u C-Walking! LOVE YOU!”
It was pretty dope!”
Fox Sports wrote after the incident:
“There was Serena – 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.”
Check out her dance moves in the video below.