Aug 06, 2012 10:41 AM EDT
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Serena Williams Crip Walk: Role Model Or Olympic Gangbanger? VIDEO

By Donovan Jackson

Serena Williams has come under fire by the media for her celebratory

Serena Williams has come under fire by the media for her celebratory "crip walk dance" at the London 2012 Olympics.

Celebrities and athletes alike are treated like demigods by the public and their fans. They have access to just about anything that they can possibly want and can do or buy just about anything to their imagination.

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However, the price of fame is not cheap as sometimes celebrities forget that they have people looking up to them as they can unknowingly inspire their fans with any and every action that they do.

Case in point, Serena Williams.

With her dominating defeat over Maria Sharapova at the London 2012 Olympics 6-0, 6-1 for the singles gold. Serena celebrated in a not so mature fashion that you wouldn't expect from a gold medalist.

"The Crip walk" created by the 1960's gang The Crips whose main rival is The Bloods, was founded by Tookie Williams. The gang has caused mass terror throughout California and has since spread worldwide. Sporting the color royal blue, the gang is known for their ruthless murders, extortion, racketeering, drug sales and Mafia affiliation.

Photo of Crips Founding Member Tookie Williams on death row

Photo of Crips Founding Member Tookie Williams on death row

 

Although Williams makes no actual reference or claims any affiliation to the gang, others who perform the dance do. World famous rapper Snoop Doggy Dog has announced many times on his records and publicly on television that he is affiliated with the California based gang and is a proud member of their Rolling 20's subset.

Williams told reporter: "It was just me. I love to dance. I didn't know what else to do. I was so happy, and the next thing I know I started dancing and moving. I didn't plan it. It just happened."

"There is a name. But I don't know it," she said. "It's just a dance we do in California."

Despite Williams' claim of her celebration being simply a celebratory movement of her body at a time of overwhelming joy and pleasurable emotions, she still has a certain demeanor to uphold especially as a USA gold medalist.

Blogger Debbie Schlussel added: "yup, that's what we need representing America, a Gold Medalist who, upon winning, glorifies hardened criminals who murder each other and innocent Americans for sport,"

Serena might have some explaining to do, however her intentions may just be as innocent as she claims.

According to Charles Barkley in a 1993 Newsweek article "We don't choose to be role models, we are chosen. Our only choice is whether to be a good role model or a bad one."

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