Serena’s Post Victory ‘Crip Walk’: A Deserved, In-Kind Gesture to the Brits
I am late to this. Mostly because I don’t care enough about upsetting the Brits on their turf. God knows they served up enough bad-ill will globally over the centuries. But I do like the rules and decorum to be followed in settings like the world Olympics. When those rules and decorum are not followed, I look for the motive.
It appears Serena Williams had a bit of inspiration behind her post-victory “Crip Walk” at the Olympics. And, yes, I do think the decision to do the “Crip Walk” was intentional on her part. It was her fantasy come to life — that “Eff you” moment we have all fantasized about in one way or another.
The Queen of England was coming to Wimbledon for the first time in 33 years, and it was a special moment that Serena Williams opened up for. She was a little giddy and a lot respectful about the chance to curtsy for the Queen on Centre Court.
“I’m definitely going to work on it a little more,’’ Williams said. “I’m trying to tone down my wrist action. But my curtsy is really fun. It’s something that she’ll definitely never forget, if I ever get a chance to meet her.’’
That was two years ago, and when the big day came, Wimbledon officials placed Williams out on Court 2, where the Queen wouldn’t see her. Instead, Serena was on a court of the people, not a high-dollar show court. Williams never complained, but instead stayed after the match and signed autographs for kids who couldn’t normally see her.
I don’t like it when athletes or celebrities use a platform like the world Olympics to make it about their individual issues, hang ups. I do appreciate and welcome when athletes boldly dare to use the platform to speak out about failed, abysmal human rights around the globe (1968 Olympics, Mexico City, Mexico).
Serena knew she would get criticized for doing the “Crip Walk,” take some heat for her victory dance, and she should take it like she meant to deliver it. There is no need for her to be coy, hide from it, or be passive-aggressive. Instead, she should be honest and tell the world just how poorly, badly, downright nasty Wimbeldon and the Brits treated her in the past, and that she couldn’t resist responding in-kind.
In any case, Serena Williams is still the world Tennis Champion and she dominates the sport. Nothing she says or does and nothing others say about her will change that.