Snoop Dogg, a prominent member of the Crip gang, announced his support for Serena Williams’ Crip Walk dance she performed after winning her first Olympic singles gold medal in London.
While Serena received praise for taking home the top prize, it was her impromptu Crip walk celebration that ignited headlines.
After breaking into the gang-affiliated dance, which has become a cultural staple in Serena’s hometown of Compton, California, the dominating athlete was criticized by various media outlets that claimed she was glorifying the gangster lifestyle. But hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg, who recently announced a name change to Snoop Lion, praised the tennis all star. As a high profile member of the Crips, Snoop tweeted his support.
“Shout out to Serena williams. C walking at the Olympics Cpt style hahahahah! Go girl.
This is not the first time C-walking has created controversy. Several years ago, matinee rap idol Bow Wow made headlines for Crip walking in a music video. And former NBA player Brent Barry did the dance during the 2003 NBA All-Star 3-point contest.