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The Crip Walk is a move that reportedly originated with the Crips gang in Compton decades ago, and it’s essentially a footwork move. Rapper Blueface has made it his calling card; Serena Williams was criticized for doing the move after a win at the 2012 Olympic Games. On TikTok, dance is one of the main attractions, and the majority of the videos under the #CripWalk or #CWalk hashtag are simply users doing the move, soundtracked by Kamaiyah’s “Fuck It Up” featuring YG, who, ironically, is a member of the Bloods.
However, there are also some concerned members of the TikTok community who recognize that a lot of the people in on this trend aren’t actually doing the Crip Walk, and maybe don’t even know its origins. Or its implications.
Open TikTok and the 1st thing I see is a white man in army fatigues crip walking.. in a nice house.. that app gotta go— CarterOMO (@_VintageNy) January 5, 2020
This joins other problematic recent TikTok trends, like the “whew chile the ghetto” meme.
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.