Wimbledon was the scene of two firsts on Saturday. Serena Williams captured her first Olympic gold medal in singles play. Then, she followed it up by being undoubtedly the first person to crip walk on the grounds at Wimbledon.
We’ll go ahead and concede that she probably should have not celebrated her victory with a dance that was originated by a deadly gang called the Crips in Los Angeles. But we’ll also go ahead and state that Serena’s reaction in the seconds and minutes after finally reaching a goal she so secretly wanted so bad should not be over-analyzed. In fact, it should not be analyzed at all. Instead, one should analyze how Serena got to that moment of crip walking and then it should become crystal clear that, though it was a mistake, it was an innocent one.
The moment Serena walked on to the court, you could tell she was locked in. Ready and anxious for the task at hand. She was so amped up for the match she had to return to the ladies’ room. And that’s after already coming out late for the match. She later made her way back to the court only to sit down to take a sip of water. The crowd booed. Serena was obviously trying to calm herself down.
Then, the match started and Serena unleashed all her pent up anxiousness on Maria Sharapova. Sharapova didn’t stand a chance. And after a mere 63 minutes and two sets, it was all over. It all happened so quickly and Serena didn’t know what to do. She had finally done what she secretly wanted to do, something that she revealed in the post match press conference.
“I’ve always wanted to win a (singles) gold medal secretly,” said Serena. “Deep, deep, deep down, I wanted it in singles as well. I can’t compare it. I have it. I have them all. It’s a great feeling.”
Then, the conversation turned to the crip walking and it seems that Serena hadn’t even thought about the possible ramifications of what she just did. “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.”
But when a reporter asked Serena the name of the dance, it’s obvious that she then realized she had made a mistake. “Actually, there is a name. But I don’t know if I — it’s inappropriate,” she said. “It’s just a dance we do in California.”
In hindsight, Serena knows that she probably shouldn’t have crip walked. But when she got caught up in the joy and the emotions of the moment, it just happened. It was spontaneous. And those types of spontaneous moments shouldn’t have to endure being over-analyzed.