Crip Walk Dance: Does It Belong At The Olympics?

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Crip Walk Dance: Does It Belong At The Olympics?
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The Crip Walk. It’s a dance move that originated in the 1970s from the infamous Crip gang. It has since taken on some mainstream popularity, but its origins have never truly been forgotten. That’s why the response has been divided ever since the dance has entered the Olympic stage.

Serena Williams, star tennis player, was the second woman to earn a career Golden Slam in Singles according to E! Online. She is also the first woman to earn the Golden Slam in singles and doubles. Add on the fact that she won the gold in Singles at the Olympics and you can see why she was so excited. That excitement is what led to her becoming the first person to reportedly perform the Crip Walk at the Olympics.

While some people feel that the dance disrespects the Olympic spirit, most of the response from the viewership has been nothing but positive. Even Snoop Dogg Lion congratulated Williams on the win and the dance:

The other responses on Twitter were just as supportive:

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Crip Walk Dance: Does It Belong At The Olympics?
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  • fr

    the 3rd tweet, by Kim K, is absolutely ridiculous.

    YES if your sister died from Gang violence, it is probably safe to say you don’t want to glorify the gang lifestyle by Crip walking in front of an audience of hundreds of millions of people…

    Had she not lost a sister to gang violence (which I was unaware of) then she should bust out the stanky leg and do the douggie too if she feels like it, it is her moment after all.

    • b

      She’s lack , what did you expect anything more from her,,lol. If the world only knew what we had to deal with in this country.

      • Aspasia

        Yes, people as narrow minded as you b. That is what is destroying our country. She represented YOU as an American and won for her nation. What have you done for the nation lately beside being a bigot?

        • Mr. Citizen

          Black street crime has almost destroyed all black areas. Nobody wants to live in an all black area including the decent black people trapped living there under the terror of the Crips & Bloods. Serena then does a dance on national television representing the United States in the Olympics honoring the Crips. Unbelievable and classless.

  • irvinggirl33

    Good grief! THAT is called the *Crip* walk/dance!? :o
    WE were doing those moves back in the 70’s and 80’s.. Gimme a fucking break!I guess Madonna,Snoop,Beiber,Usher just to name a few better stop dancing – they are paying tribute to gangs!If the GP knew how many things they said/did in everyday life originated from something that is not socially accepted or had/has a very dark history they would have a freaking cow!Get the hell over it! GEESH..99.9.9% of the population would have NEVER known where THIS dance move came from,especially the Queen!!! Open mouth insert foot …. ONCE AGAIN!!!!

  • Diane K. McElveen

    Really people there are hungry children dying people being killed because of what they believe in and there is still under the radar slavery going on and we’re talking about a dance! that no! did not originate from the gangs of south Central but was a part of an African Warrior dance in celebration of the coming hunt! Plz people know some history not just what the press tells you or you here from pookie and them!

  • lee

    From the oldest of times, people danced for a number of reasons. They danced in prayer, or so that their crops would be plentiful, or so their hunt would be good. And they danced to stay physically fit, and show their community spirit. And they danced to celebrate.” And that is the dancing we’re talking about. Aren’t we told in Psalm 149? “‘Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song. Let them praise his name in the dance.” Amen. And it was King David- King David, who we read about in Samuel. And what did David do? What did David do? What did David do? ”David danced before the Lord with all his might leaping and dancing before the Lord.” Leaping and dancing. Ecclesiastes assures us that there is a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to laugh and a time to weep. A time to mourn and there is a time to dance. And there was a time for this law, but not anymore. See, this is our time to dance. It is our way of celebrating life. It’s the way it was in the beginning. It’s the way it’s always been. It’s the way it should be now.

    Ren McCormick

    • mike

      Lee,you stoled that from Footloose the movie,come on man be original…

  • Noel6

    This dance did not, I repeat did not originate from the gang. You know the younger you are the more history is before you. Thank God for the internet and books, do some research before you give an opinion.

    • LEVI


      Before you say anything else that you have no idea about!

  • steve

    What do you expect!

  • Gregory White

    Wow, the scary part is that’s not even the “Crip Walk”

  • Jefe

    People are dying and starving around the world for a variety of solvable reasons and this is important? She won, she did a dance. Big deal. People are in a tailspin of distractions…

  • mind your business

    1. It doesn’t matter if it originate in a gang or on soul train. the title of the dance is “crip walk”. It represents a gang.

    2. Every tweet shown in this article comes from a minority.

    3. Serena is a trashy individual. For someone who came out of a harsh childhood you’d think they’d embrace humility and stand against the former lifestyle. Instead she advertises it on the grandest stage of them all and people want to make excuses about it. Suck it up, she messed up, and she should apologize because truth be told, most people don’t respect that kind of behavior. Those that do, tend to be the same problem.

    • Aspasia

      Serena doesn’t have to do anything but count her millions and wear her medals. She left the hood life a long time ago: check her bank account.

  • mind your business

    black people already deal with enough criticism and stereotypes. Adding something like this to the record doesn’t do much for an image.

  • Bill

    Wow, look at the lemon juice dripping off the chins of the racists upset
    by Serena’s victory dance. Why credit their nonsense re events that truly
    celebrate good sports(wo)manship? Just fire them and pass another lemon to them as they leave. Hooray Serena!

  • tanya

    Serina doing a dance, Gabby and her hair. To hell with all that. The won the GOLD and that is the Whats improtant. Everythng else is BULL,

  • tino

    That is clown walking not crip walking. I didn’t see her throwing any signs when she was walking. clown walking is more a fun style then crip walking. They both have about the same moves but so does break dancing, shuffle, popping, and jerking to name a few.

    • Bill Jones

      It’s spelled “equivalent”. Learn to spell yourself before you are critical of others.


    most of you dumb as* white people dont know what this dance is at all anyway. u dont know if it is a disrespectful dance or not. someone said it is c walking and you racist white folks ate it up..u dont know our culture u dont know what dance she is actually doing so stop trying to be so judgemental and racist. mind your own white as* business.. you all judge too dam* much..u sit and wait for a story about us and cant wait to say something racist and negative..news flash, we dont give a dam* about your lame as* comments keep them to yourself because out of 39 years of liveng i have never known a white man or woman to say half the stuff you all say on here in our face..just a bunch of whinning racist punks

    • John Brown

      First of all you obviously care that is why you are on here whining like a little girl or beotch as your “culture” would say. And I’m white and I don’t give a *hit about what you or any other person of color white, black, asian, hispanic do. Every race has it’s bad seeds. But to me most African Americans are the most racist people out there. Just my opinion though. What if a white guy had done a hail Hitler salute. I bet you would be freaking out over that but “whites” need to mind their own business. Funny how all other Americans are just American, whether they are German, Irish, Polish, Italian but black people who have never seen or been to Africa call themselves African Americans. Keep segregating yourselves.

      • viking white guy

        exactly thx your right on it !

        • T

          It’s astonishing! I am Creek Indian – indigenous to America – before Whites got here my people were here. However, my grandmother is Black. Crip walk? Dance is an art form. Nothing more – nothing less. Serena expressed her happiness after beating her opponent. She could have chosen to perform a pirouette but she didn’t. And, as for the venue, the Olympics should be about all nations and all people. Even Black girls from Compton who beat the pants of a White girl from Russia! lol You have to admit she whipped Sharapova! hehehehe! Don’t attempt to make an issue out of a dance. Come on! Are we not too intelligent for such mockery! I hope to see more Americans drop the bigotry and try to get along. Wanting to be better than others is a sign of insecurity. It is not a good look!

    • -Jay-

      Steffon, out of all the comments on here, yours is the most racist of all.

      I bet you voted for Obama just cause he was black, too.

      Ignorance–Its just as contagious as stupidity.

    • LEVI

      Spoken like a true asshole that has obviously never left your neighborhood. Black on White racism is much higher than White on Black but since you are too busy watching BET and not anything else you wouldn’t know. What exactly does the Crip walk represent then? You are ever so knowledgeable. I suppose sagging your pants is part of your culture and us Whites don’t know about that either? If you knew anything, it has nothing to do with the Black culture, it has to do with a bunch of pussys from the early 70’s who were spelling out the word Crip and was meant to slam on the Blood Gang. The only culture it has is gang culture. Get your shit right before you start talking shit and trying to correct someone about something you have zero knowledge about in 39 years of living. Pretty sad a white boy had to explain the meaning of it to you isn’t it?

    • Reager

      Learn to spell and you wont be looked at as a COMPLETE IDIOT! Next time try typing your comments in Microsoft Word (or equivelent) a do a spell check.

    • LB

      This is far more racist than anything I’ve ever heard from any of my white friends. What an ignorant fool you are, Steffon. If anyone ever hates on you, it’s because of YOU, not because you’re black.

  • Cashes2


    • Aspasia

      Thank you for that comment. Haters throwing shade..

      • jesse

        Please go learn to spell…. thanks

    • witeand pissed


      • Stephen

        U understood what he said. Dont bee ignorant!!

        • B Dub

          Why is he ignorant? Because he made a counter point to a racist comment? All this reverse racism is out of hand.
          For instance why when a black man calls a white man a cracker is he applauded. However if a white man calls a black man a nigger he’s a racist. Do a little research and you will find that the black man calls the white man a cracker because in its pejorative form it is used to refer to a southern white man who was too poor to own slaves. The term comes from the cracker being the staple food of their diet. In other words a black man calling a white man a cracker is pure stupidity because a cracker never owned a slave.
          Further research would show that the word nigger derives from the Latin word niger which means black. Therefore, calling someone a nigger simply means calling them black.
          Racism in any form shows stupidity, however if your going to be racist, at least show some intelligence while doing so. Reverse racism is just as bad as racism. #thinkaboutit.

    • viking white guy

      i think racist black ppl ….your racist dbl standard sucks ….shame on all racists even you black ppl who are racist and dont even know it ….duh !

      • Stephen

        We Know we Racist. And we Now Why! Do You?

  • Aspasia

    If you win an Olympic Gold medal you can Crip Dance all you want and then strip naked and do a Josephine Baker an encore.

    YOU GO GIRL!!!!

  • l_bon

    why is it called a Crip dance or gang dance when minorities do it and when non minorities do it it’s “wow they can dance”? They get on tv shows like best dance crew and wow everyone. Have a (slightly or) darker skin color and everyone things thug. A group of minorities are always up to no good but a group of other ethnicities are only having a good time. Stereotypes.

    • Stephen


  • Cashes2

    nobody says anything when these two white men crip walk in sports and music concerts lol http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NsIGKzBQ9TE


  • cwalk

    Roots is Roots!! Remind me of cwalkin down 73rd/brodway to the black panther hq ah good ole days

    • Sizzle

      That was the shit go girl

  • stumbled

    She WON GOLD!!! what have you won???

    • name


  • Joshua

    I’m half white and half black and i get more discriminated against that even thought possible. After everything America has accomplished why does racism and discrimination exist, anybody who lets a skin color determine their mindset, set a barrier for their thoughts and a barrier for who they socialize with should be embarrassed and should be ashamed. It’s just a color!! You don’t choose and dislike food for the color that it is, you make your decision based on taste and that’s what we need to do with people. Examine their personality and get over your own insecurities.

  • http://yahoo jack

    As usual radical racist blacks have to put GHETTO behavior in front of civility..Just keeping it Racist Black Y’ALL!! AKA Beez NigaZ!!!

  • art walton

    im an ex blood n if it didnt bother me then it shouldnt bother anyone else,all the racist ppl out thr need to keep thy stupid unedecucated mouths shut

    • Sparky

      Since when does disliking gang violence (and thus things associated with gangs) make someone a racist? Please elaborate, Art. Keep in mind you get bonus points for spelling correctly.

    • mark

      funny that someone referring to others as uneducated, is unable to spell uneducated

  • http://yahoo Daron

    Black people were dancing like that long before The Crips were around.

  • Karen

    It is beyond words for the media of our country to criticize an outstanding athlete for her celebration dance. If she had been from Angola and done or an Australia and done a traditional Aborigine tribal dance we would not have blink twice. Just one more case of the continued racial barriers this country faces on a daily basis. She played the GAME like an OLYMPIAN. Let her celebrate in her own way!

  • C-walk Homie

    Maybe if she did the “Twist” them other folks (you know who you are) wouldnt be so lost.

  • B Dub

    For all the racist out there, of any color…read the following post.

    Why when a black man calls a white man a cracker is he applauded. However if a white man calls a black man a nigger he’s a racist. Do a little research and you will find that the black man calls the white man a cracker because in its pejorative form it is used to refer to a southern white man who was too poor to own slaves. The term comes from the cracker being the staple food of their diet. In other words a black man calling a white man a cracker is pure stupidity because a cracker never owned a slave.
    Further research would show that the word nigger derives from the Latin word niger which means black. Therefore, calling someone a nigger simply means calling them black.
    Racism in any form shows stupidity, however if your going to be racist, at least show some intelligence while doing so. Reverse racism is just as bad as racism. #thinkaboutit.

  • Sparky

    I still don’t understand how people are turning this into a race issue. If a white person had done a gesture or dance originating from a white supremacist gang would people not be up in arms? Isn’t the issue more with the origination of the dance than the color of Serena’s skin?

  • Anna96

    Serena is feeding into the pathology and violence that is glorified by hip hop and dominates Black culture. Black on Black violence from gangs, drugs and sex slavery and is at an all-time high, she celebrates her Olympic win by doing a gang-related dance????? This is a slap in the face to her older sister Yetunde who was gunned down in a gang-ridden section of LA.

    Black people, we are our own worst enemies- we are only 13% of the population, yet we make up a huge percentage of AIDS cases, TB cases, herpes, gonorrhea, homicides, rapists, rape victims, assaults and drop outs.

    Despite the grim realities we face, we are quick to glorify thugs, gangs, violence, drugs, misogyny, ignorance, sluttiness, having kids out of wedlock and not caring for them, irresponsibility and all other kinds of foolishness.

    Black people that wake up and turn their backs on this foolishness are rejected as ‘acting White’ or ‘being phony’. We are ostracized, leaving us no choice but to make friends with and date/ marry other races, which makes us an even bigger target of disdain. Well, I’d rather be a target of disdain than end up being a tragic, pathetic statistic.

    • Old G

      You aint Black. This part of you post gave you away:

      “Black people, we are our own worst enemies- we are only 13% of the population, yet we make up a huge percentage of AIDS cases, TB cases, herpes, gonorrhea, homicides, rapists, rape victims, assaults and drop outs”

      If you were really Black, and as true as that statement is, you would know that Black folks have been condition to act that way. And even though it’s not an excuse(a wild dog is a wild dog), a real intelligent Black person would not have put it that way.

  • Carlton

    The bottom line is any time the media has a chance to discredit or attack a black person period they leap at the opportunity!!!

    • Old G

      Bottom line is Carlton your comment is just plain stupid! She did a dance that represents a pretty notorious gang. Where is the positive in that?

  • ryan quattro

    Professors Blackstone is an idiot. The Germans, not Hitler, came up with the torch rely. To call it ‘Hitler’s torch relay” is to lumpy every German who lived then as Nazis. It also inaccurately assigns credit for the idea. Carl Diem is responsible, not Der Fuhrer.

  • venicementor

    You can lead a “girl” – no matter where she comes from, to culture, but you can’t make her think.

  • venicementor

    Nice to see her, as a roll model glorify this group. Isn’t she special. Thanks Serena for reminding us that no matter how good you are in your chosen sport – that class was not necessarily part of it.

    The Crips are one of the largest and most violent associations of street gangs in the United States, with an estimated 30,000 to 35,000 members. The gang is known to be involved in murders, robberies, and drug dealing, among many other criminal pursuits. The gang is known for its gang members’ use of the color blue in their clothing. However, this practice has waned due to police crackdowns on gang members.

  • Jesykah M.


    • Jeff Lukens

      You people? what do you mean by that? are you racist? from your commnets I beleive you are. Is was were classless of her to dance in front of her fallen opponent. If you had some sense of class you would know that

      • bRUNO mARS

        And YOU know all of this HOW?

        You don’t you fool.

      • bRUNO mARS


        ANY comment or thought concerning a black that is negative no matter how true of provable.

        They did invent everything You Know?

        • Ashley

          We didnt invent everything but we just dominate them all Now take that to the bank. a** WIPE..Who cares what dance she did!! She performed well and thats what matters.

  • kesha banks

    In response to some of the comments if we shouldn’t lump all of the Germans together and hold them in the same class as the Nazis than why because Serena did a dance should we lump her with the class of crip gangs. People should stop making something out of nothing.

    • bRUNO mARS

      Yea what is wrong with a black showing praise and respect to a nice group of oys and girls who like to kill and hurt the whites who feed and cloth them?

  • Johnny Mcclure

    SO WHAT ?????????

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  • ynot (tony spelled backwards)

    People stop making trouble for someone as nice as Serena Williams. She was just dancing and enjoying herself. Come on she just want a gold medal for our country and herself lets just give her a big fat THANK YOU and keep it moving people. Good job Serena please don’t let this stupid stuff cause you to not enjoy you medal to the fullest.

  • mark

    to all the haters: beat serena in tennis and keep her from winning then u wont have ANYTHING to critize you bums. Until then shut up cuzz!

    • Jeff Lukens

      This is what gets me, wheneber a black person gets critizied for doing something that was disrespectful(unsportsman like) everyone is out to defend them. But if a white person would have done the same thing everyone would have looked at him and said he/she shouldn’t have done that. I feel that if your gonna celebrate do it in a profesional manner not trying to show boat over your opponnent. Did she do something wrong? No she didn’t but she could have conducted herself a little better. You can call me wha you want I can care less. But to have a dance inspired from stupid gang bangers it shuldn’t be allowed in the olmpics period. She is representing the USA not just one race, that’s what everyone needs to understand. If she show boats in front of people, the world sees it as those Americans have no class, or respect for others. They don’t see color neither should any of us. Think about this if someone just beat you at any sport would you care if they did that in front of you? How upset or pissed would you get? food for thought

      • jon

        So what is your opinion on starting the olympics with a tradition that started from hilter?

        • Jeff Lukens

          It was started by the Germans, not Hitler. Do your homework before your speak

    • bRUNO mARS

      She is a typical black disrespecting the only country in which they are free… She needs HEP

  • E.Mac

    next time request she square dance.

  • Sherri Johnson

    I think people need to worry about the important things not worrying
    about a tennis player dancing when have the or most people dont even know what she was doing in the first place.

  • boogie down

    yall black folks got a lot of negativity directed towards you cause your negative. you do dumb things and expect people not to say nothing or comment. whether your on tv or in walmart you’re all loud and obnoxious, theaters to any where on gods green planet you dont know how to act and think people should stay shut……WHY CAUSE YOU BLACK??? lol. stop representing negativity. the world aint racist people just dont like stupidity, foolishness and representing of negative things that just dont matter. but if you decide to do something stupid be prepared to get the heat and dont cry when you do. just know theres a time and place for everything. this is the olympics not the bet awards or soul train. so grow up….. use some common sense, have dignity, act like you were taught right from wrong and show some decency. you want people to stop judging your culture and your ethnic background? then start acting like you care about the neighborhood and world you reside in. its time for progress people. dont let the negativity of other colored folks describe who you are by practicing in their negativity or stupidity. sit back and chill out and give the white people the opportuntiy to do stupid things…..they’re so good at it!!!!!

    • mariah

      Please do not put every black person in a category of fools. There are some of us out here with self respect, dignity, and goals. There are those of us that were actually raised to be civilized, respectful people. While I do agree that a lot of black people do very stupid, ignorant things, I don’t agree with your generalization of black people. All people are individually different, I don’t care if my skin color is the same as someone else it doesn’t mean that I will act how they will & vice versa.

      • http://dlisted.com lmao

        um clearly boogie down is not white…so why are you all bugging out

    • LZ

      boogie down I think your statement is racist. (WHY CAUSE YOU BLACK???) People from races do things that may or may not represent their race, white people are loud, Asians are loud, Hispanics are loud. People of all races to stupid things not because they ARE BLACK. White people do stupid things. How can say all black people are loud and obnoxious? Have you meet every single black person in the world? If that’s all you see when you see black people then maybe something is wrong with you. Maybe if you change your view you will see something different. So before you make statement that puts every black person in a category make sure you have all the facts first.

    • Tammy

      Your comment is full of broken sentences and horrible punctutation YET you want to point out how stupid the black race is? Stupidity is based upon the individual, not the race. If you want to say blacks do more stupid things than whites, that is your opinion. Stick with the “brilliant” movie theatre shooter or the “troubled” teens who shot up Columbine. It seems whites make up excuses for other whites who commit stupid crimes but blacks are criticized over a dance (Serena) or the way they wear their hair (Gabby). Two positive people who won gold medals and it still isn’t good enough.

  • michael

    Amazing how everyone wants to tell you how to act. whats the protocal for shooting up a movie theater or a high school. How about a nice ponzi scheme, whats the proper behavior for that. even little kids arent safe in a locker room or a cathedral. a culture of Godlessness, murder, greed, and immoral behavior wants to pass judgment on a dance. Yeah, Serena, live up to that standard…….NOT

  • kacey

    Wow. Is all I can say. The Olympics begins with a torch run and lighting, which dates back to Hitler! And yet we have folks out here worried about Serena in a moment of pure excitement celebrating her hard work and achievement??? Still I have to come home everyday to a house in a once-nice neighborhood that is now littered with two broke-down jeeps and the Jeep-club muddying up my street and clogging up the block double-parking these monster trucks??? I am still shaking my head because I would rather see her winning and celebrate than this trash every day I come home! ( You know who you are!!!) :(

    • Steve

      Try again, pal. The lighting of the torch sybolizes the re-birth of Greek heros. It was re-introduced in the 1936 Berlin games, but did NOT origionate there. Ignorance breeds ignorance.

      In addition, its a jeep thing…you wouldnt understand.

  • T.W

    To the critics: You win an olympic gold medal, You celebrate how you see fit. If you don’t want to see her C-Walk, follow these directions:
    1. Pick up a tennis racket
    2. Practice
    3. Keep Serena from willing Olympic gold
    Until then, shut up!

  • Lan

    I think this is not big news…2. Most are mad because they can’t do it. 3. Some of y’all are just haters. 4. Some of y’all wish you had her background and credibility even as she’s a Hall of Fame Tennis Player.

  • d

    unless one is interested in gangs or otherwise told the dance is gang related, how would it be known? It is just another dance in many popular music videos… Like electric slide, tango, cha cha, or waltz… she certainly wasn’t promoting gangs or that life. For all that changes, so much stays the same. She is one of the worlds best. Olympic champion many times over… yet we focus on her mini celebration in the heat of the moment. Like Gabby D., focus on her hair and not her achievement. It’s not hard to see why non white Americans often feel no matter what is accomplished all that will be the focus is the skin color.

    • Steve

      It sounds like they are focusing on the fact that the dance origionated from and is credited to the Crip gang of Compton, Ca. I didnt hear anyone say anything about skin color or race. Who is really focusing on skin color? Its you, my friend. Leave your racism out of it and there wont be racism.

  • Tahj

    In Islam we are taught that Europeans in America seperated themselves from Blacks so Blacks would not know about their filthy practices…so that they could make Blacks believe that Europeans are civilized and righteous. I saw the same responses to Tim Bradley beating Pacquiao…all he did was put on the Champions belt after destroyed HBO’s illusion…see: Manny Pacquiao is Done!…youtube. Evertime you Blacks have a champion you get the same response from the land grabbers. Celebrate how you want…classism is not a Black thing!

    • maurice mendez

      If you knew anything about boxing you would know bradley lost that fight by point percentage and damage this has nothing to do with color or race its money no one cares about that anymore its about power and control now you ignorant bastard learn about boxing before you start talking shit.

  • on your left

    You can take the girl out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the girl

    • clive

      amen….. white power

  • Dave

    As a white guy, I would like to say I love all you ebony beauties. There aint nothin’ better than some ghetto lovin’

    • clive

      dirty monkey

      • jasmine

        really get a life please

      • Jeff Lukens

        Clive your an Idiot. You show the world how ignorant 1 dombass can make one race look. I don’t appreciate your white power praise Im white and Im offended by it. Do I agree with her dance not it was unsportmanslike. but syaing white power shows how stupid you are. Do the world a favor wash the sheets you wear everynight pull your lip over your head and swallow.

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