Yes, they fucking did it!

[This post contains a considerable amount of profanities and sensitive words that might unintentionally offend you, depending on your level of maturity. If you are not understanding enough or open-minded enough to read it with a pinch of salt, I suggest you press Alt+F4 (for Windows) or Command+Q (for Mac) now.]

 

 

Two years ago, NTU graduate Loo Zihan made headlines by challenging the school’s censorship policy in his Convocation speech as the Class’ valedictorian. You can watch the YouTube video here.

 

Just last Friday, another NTU graduate, Ms Trinetta Chong, made headlines when she mentioned the word ‘fuck’ during her Valedictorian speech at the Nanyang Auditorium. Yes, she’s from my school, the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

 

 

Since then, there has been a huge fucking hoo-hah about the issue, with some criticizing her and saying it’s immature to mention the F-word during a solemn and formal ceremony like a Convocation, while others supported her. So here’s my take on it.

 

First of all, you people need to chill. Yes, she mentioned the F-word, which in normal daily usage, depending on how you phrase it, can turn into an insult or a profanity that offends people. (EXAMPLE: if you curse at someone “FUCK YOU”, now THAT is offensive). The word ‘fuck’ doesn’t necessarily need to imply an insult, and if you’re ignorant enough to not realise this, check out the dictionary:

 

THIS is a vulgarity.

 

THESE are profanities AND sexual connotations.

 

THIS is an EXPRESSION, which is what Ms Chong was portraying!

 

Now after this, if you still cannot differentiate between the different meanings of the word and continue to criticize her, you can seriously go and fuck yourself.

 

NEXT, I cannot understand the big fuss over the use of the word in society nowadays. I read comments online saying that Singapore is not gracious because of this. SO NOW YOU’RE GENERALIZING AND JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS?? Just because a word is uttered by her doesn’t define her personality or character, neither does it mean that we are an ungracious society.

 

And sidetracking, take a walk around town, or even better, around ARMY CAMPS. You’d realise the number of times you hear the word being sworn or uttered is more than the number of times you’ll probably get f***** in your life (both literally and figuratively).

 

University graduates are adults, and mature ones at that. The fact that they’re adults show their ability to decipher and act appropriately, knowing how to differentiate between the right things and the wrong things. In this instance, Ms Chong added it in as a ‘fun-in-cheek’ comment, with an appropriate reasoning behind it, and obviously not to swear at anyone. Stop treating university graduates as secondary school kids (and please, secondary school kids swear worse things compared to the word ‘fuck’).

 

To those who keep maintaining that you need to live your lives as programmed bots, with a standard routine and perfect English communication methods, it’s 2011. Wake up. Society’s changing, and the fact that we are from a communication school means we do know how to add hype to the situation and spice things up instead of going through the same fucking boring routine year after year after year. And we do it appropriately.

 

Blogger DK mentioned in his blog post:

 

I think we should be more open minded and not let this 4 letter word overshadow the entire speech and the message she is trying to bring across.

 

and The New Paper online garnered quite a bit of responses, of which this is my favourite, from mkhheng:

 

Though using the 4-lettered is not the most appropirate thing to say in such an atmosphere, for the people who get easily offended by such a word, the issue is really with them and not the speaker. They only know how to highlight trival things and take people down.  Shows their insecurity.  That they actually allow a simple word to  upset them. Their lives are govened by the almighty word and not actions.

If Trinetta can make a significant contribution to the world with her gifts and talents and make it a better place, she can say all the 4-lettered word she wants. If that spurs her to do better, then go for it.  I prefer that over those who say nice words but screw up the world with their actions or inactions. Many people like that exist in this world.  Judge a person by their actions not by their words.

Miss Trinetta Chong Chiao Sing is a  Valedictorian. I congratulate her. Her actions speaks volumes.

 

 

So, take a step back, relax and move on. Please do not fight over a small word which might jolly well appear more often than before nowadays. It’s the 21st century, and to those who STILL cannot accept it, you should totally shut yourself at home and vanish. Now make me.

 

Congratulations to the WKWSCI Class of 2011. You fucking did it, seniors! 

 

And for those who are interested in a bit of entertainment and more ‘education’ on the word ‘fuck’, here’s a YouTube video I found quite long ago on it which is extremely hilarious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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