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Serena Williams: Should an Olympic champion do the Crip Walk?

US player Serena Williams reacts to her

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Serena WIlliams reacts to her Wimbledon victory, July 7, 2012.

Serena Williams has her haters, mostly because of stuff like this. But the outrage in the wake of Williams' "Crip Walk" celebration after winning the gold medal on Saturday is a little different. 

To rewind a bit, Williams crushed Maria Sharapova in London on Saturday to win her first single's Olymic Gold Medal. Immediately afterwards, she did this:

"What do you call that dance?" reporters asked afterwards. "The Wimbledon? The Serena?"

Er... no. As Williams did not tell the reporters (saying instead, "it's something we do in California") the dance is the C-Walk or Crip Walk, named after the legendary L.A. gang.

Members of the mediasphere, outside of the tennis press corps, that is, instantly scolded Williams, pointing out that the dance — which apparently was banned from Crenshaw High in 2002 — celebrates gang life. Others chimed in to defend the tennis star, who some say has been underappreciated her entire career. A sampling:

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Muse 'Survival' named official song of London 2012 Olympics

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2010 - Day 2

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Musician Matthew Bellamy of Muse performs during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival 2010 held at The Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2010 in Indio, California.

KROQ's Almost Acoustic X-Mas Day 2

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Matthew Bellamy and Dominic Howard of Muse performs at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas on December 9, 2007 in Universal City, California.

The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Press Room

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Musicians Dominic Howard, Matthew Bellamy and Christopher Wolstenholme of Muse, winners of the Best Rock Album for "The Resistance" pose in the press room at The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

Vegoose 2007 Day 2

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Matthew Bellamy of the band Muse performs during the Vegoose music festival at Sam Boyd Stadium's Star Nursery Field October 28, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2010 - Day 2

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Musician Matthew Bellamy of Muse performs during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival 2010 held at The Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2010 in Indio, California.


Olympics organizers have selected a song by the prog-rock neo glam trio Muse as the official song of the 2012 London Games -- July 27 through Aug. 12. 

A Queen-heavy indulgence, "Survival," had its first broadcast on BBC Radio 1 Wednesday evening, giving Olympic fiends some grandiose fuel for traveling fire, and Muse fans the first sanctioned look at the new record, The 2nd Law, slated for release this fall.

Appropriately soaring and anthemic, "Survival" -- the British band's first new material in about three years -- will be played as the theme for all international television coverage.

Viewers will hear the song when athletes enter the venues, before the medal ceremony, and in your nightmares for the rest of your natural born life (especially vulnerable are those who still harbor deep Guitar Hero resentments about "Knights of Cydonia").

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