Serena Williams' Crip Walk and the Lamest Controversies of Olympics 2012
The 2012 Summer Olympics had some incredible moments of awesomeness that have been marred in fake, lame controversies.
Thanks to the world of the Internet and bloggers with nothing else to do but ridicule the minute and bring up the unnecessary.
From Serena Williams' joyous crip walk celebration to the ill-timed commercial of a monkey doing gymnastics, all it takes is one sensitive blogger with an imagination to create controversy.
Here's a look at some of the lamest created controversies.
Serena Williams' Crip Walk
At 30 years old, Serena Williams went to the Olympics against 25-year-old hotshot Maria Sharapova and dominated.
Though Williams had won two gold medals previously in women's doubles with her sister Venus, this became her first gold in women's singles.
Williams bust out in the crip walk out of gleeful celebration of her victory and the world seemed glad to see her enjoy her moment.
But party-poopers such as Fox Sports blogger Jason Whitlock called Williams "classless" and claimed she deserved criticism for doing a dance made popular by the Crips, a gang from Los Angeles.
Though the crip walk may have its origins in gang culture, the dance has since spread into the popular mainstream and become diluted to the point of being completely harmless.
Williams' crip walk did nothing to take away from the Olympics. She isn't representing or glorifying any gang. The only thing she's thinking about is what an incredible victory she just earned.
There are much bigger, real controversies to write about that happened at the Olympics and this is not one of them.
Gabby Douglas made history at age 16 with her gold medal wins in the women's gymnastic team and individual all-around.
With that said, all the media could do was talk about her hair and how it either needed a perm or needed to be better kept.
As an athlete, she can't always worry about her appearance. When the world's best come together, top priority needs to be on their performance.
The bulk of the criticism has come from black women on Twitter who don't exercise for fear of sweating out the chemicals used to keep their hair intact.
According to the New York Times, black women are 51 percent more likely to be obese than white women.
1996 Olympic gold-medal winner Dominique Dawes had this to say about her own experience with her hair and training (from The Patriot Post):
Unfortunately ... our self-esteem, many times, is wrapped up in our hair. I know a lot of African-American women, including myself—when my hair was relaxed, I did not like working out when I was training for those three Olympic Games. I was constantly sweating. My hair was relaxed, so it would be dry and brittle because of the relaxer. I didn't want to get into pools, because the chlorine mixed with the chemical-treated hair does not make it look good whatsoever. And that's what people have been attacking little Gabby Douglas about. And it's sad that it's not on her achievement and her performance.
Douglas' achievements are what deserve the attention.
The millions Douglas will earn in product endorsements over the next few years, such as her recent deal with Kellogg's, will make her enough money to buy all her haters their next hair relaxer.
Ill-Timed Animal Practice Ad
Sports anchor Bob Costas was making a well-intended comment on how Black American Gabby Douglas winning a gold medal in a gymnastics competition might inspire more Black American girls in the future.
It was a nice observation that turned into something else completely by those looking too closely at the television ad that would follow.
Animal Practice, a new NBC comedy series, aired an ad featuring a monkey performing gymnastics immediately after NBC's coverage of the Douglas' gold medal victory in gymnastics.
Obviously this conjured up racist monkey imagery from America's old unfortunate closet of skeletons.
But to let those skeletons override Douglas' accomplishments is not fair to Douglas' tireless effort to be the best she could be in representing her country, America.
Costas meant well. NBC meant well. The ad would normally be funny, but just was ill-timed. Nobody should accuse NBC of being racist. They've apologized even though they don't have to. Get over it!
When real controversy comes around, then outrage such should be generated to combat the truly offensive. But matters such as this ad don't deserve any outrage or online finger-wagging.
If nothing else, leave with this thought:
Life is too short to over analyze something that clearly wasn't intended or doesn't mean much in the grander picture.
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