CAT POWER: Who's afraid of the big, bad Beast?
Star sprinter and two-time Olympic silver medallist Yohan Blake, every chance he gets, makes a point of reminding us that he’s one they call Beast. And his ferocious style of sprinting down the track certainly backs up that claim to fame.
So that’s why it’s all the more puzzling that his recently debuted signature pose (see Exhibit B above) lacks that same beastly conviction. More Catman than Beast, it’s serving up pure camp – not vicious or intimidating as it should be. And I’m not the only one who’s taken notice. “The beast move that Yohan does looks more like a cat than a monster. Hell, it looks more like a move from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video,” blogger Sean Bennett recently posted on his Twitter page.
Lorna Cooper agrees. “The man can run, but Yohan Blake needs another pose. The beast thing looks like he’s messed up the zombie dance in Thriller,” she notes. As for Black Zuckerberg, “Yohan Blake needs to change his crouching tiger hidden dragon pose tho.”
So, the verdict: Yohan’s Beast pose is a tad too campy to be taken seriously. Perhaps it just needs some more work. Wheel an’ come again, Blake. Give us a Beast with a little terror.
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