Gold medalist Serena Williams shows her medal to fans after the medal ceremony of the women's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Victor R. Caivano
By now, you’ve heard the mean-spirited way people have nitpicked everything from gold-medal winning Gabby Douglas’ pink uniform to how she wears her hair.
The newest target is gold medal winner Serena William’s victory dance – a.k.a. the Crip Walk or the C-Walk.
Maybe it wasn’t in the best of taste for Williams to do a post- Maria Sharapova boogey that originated with the notorious Crips street gang from Compton, Calif. But it didn’t even last that long. And she looked absolutely adorable doing it. Now, she's getting slammed even harder than she’d slammed Sharapova.
'What Serena did was akin to cracking a tasteless, X-rated joke inside a church,' Fox commentator Jason Whitlock wrote. 'Serena deserved to be called out. What she did was immature and classless.'
Dang. It was just a moment. The tennis champ, who had won her first her first Olympic gold in a singles match was on a high, not thinking ahead about any possible sociological implications when she started dancing around the court following her gold-clenching match. It made me smile to see her sister Venus Williams in the stands laughing at Serena’s antics.
"It was just me. I love to dance," Williams told reporters afterwards. “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."
Given what she had just accomplished, Williams deserves a pass.
And don’t get me started on that silliness over Douglas’ hair. She’s not a beauty queen. Gabby is a 16-year-old, history-making athlete who didn't get to where she is by worrying about how she looks. What an empowering role model she is for girls her age.
Turns out, she’s a role model for grown women, too, who need to learn not to be so focused on how someone's hair looks.