August 1st, 2011
02:10 PM ET

F-bomb in valedictorian's speech heard 'round the world

Global news outlets and blogs in Asia have focused this week on a young woman who graduated top of her class at a prestigious college in Singapore. Except they aren't raving about the student's accomplishments. They're abuzz with a bad word she dropped in her graduation speech, according to Singapore's Straits Times.

"We f–king did it!" Trinetta Chong exclaimed to congratulate her peers at Nanyang Technical University's 2011 graduating ceremony. The 23-year-old's remark came after what a local reports called a "rousing" six-minute speech. A video of the speech was uploaded to YouTube on Friday and viewed, as of 12:30 p.m. ET Monday, more than 4,000 times.

Chong has apologized for the remark as has the school, according to Yahoo Singapore. "(The line) really reflected how I felt at that time, and I think it resounded with other students from our graduating class too," she said.

There may be little reason to worry about her or the graduates of NTU. The Straits Times recently published a story focusing on another graduate of the school who is making $20,000 a month.

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  1. Mark

    This is just NOT news

    August 10, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Agreed. But it's something available to keep our minds off the REAL problems we're faced with .

      August 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • GeorgeBos95

      Get over it – it's light-hearted news.

      August 16, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • malasangre

      everything that happens in the world is not scary earth shattering terror. how are things in the bunker?

      August 16, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • barabbas2010

      the story was obviously published to give you trolls something to whine about.

      August 31, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RXW

    So she used the f-bomb in that context at college graduation ... she earned that f-bomb, leave her alone!

    August 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • HZ

      Not really. Cursing is a cheap and easy way of expressing something and often used to insult someone. It takes more intelligence and self-control to express how you feel without cursing. It's like the difference between throwing a beer bottle when you're upset and discussing how you feel. Very different things.

      August 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • F-ing Right!

      HZ, get off your high horse. Swearing, when used properly, is a legitimate expression. In this context, it highlighted her excitement for finishing what was probably a very difficult task (being validictorian). Not only this, but she was probably also making a statement that just because she graduated at the top of her class doesn't mean she has to act distinguished. She's a kid, so she should talk like one...even if she is validictorian. Now if every other word was f-ing this, f-ing that...then yes it was senseless. But it's a word, just like any other word, that can definately express a strong feeling.

      August 31, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. RB

    All she showed is that as the valedictorian of her class, she HAS NO class.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Singapore has free speech, so she can say as many f-bombs as she wants. Here we have to call it "f-bomb".

      August 14, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
    • noffense

      So you're saying those who graduate at the top of their class are classy? What would you know, did you graduate the top of your class? You need to pull your head out of your ass.

      August 16, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AD

    Well as a Singaporean, I'm actually surprised this made CNN. But seriously, using the F word to describe her feelings was not a bad thing. Yes, maybe it was offensive to some but in modern contexts, the F word is not used in the same format as it was years ago. If you actually listen to her NTU commencement speech, the emotion was quite obvious! As a 2011 graduate myself, I relate to that. Singapore is strict in many forms but as for speech, to each it own I say. Singapore has grown up and so has the world. Ostracizing a 23 year old for her language is not fair.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • eg

      i hope they still dont put you in jail for chewing bubblegum

      August 28, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. Molly

    She's getting the attention she craves. Poor thing.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Loreo

    It's a word. It only has value, negative or otherwise, to what an individual assigns it based on their own filters. In the context it was used, I say Congratulations! There was NO malice intended.

    Really people? F*ing get over it.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Coaster

    She has politics in her future. Without listening to her speech, I can tell you that for any college valedictorian, the end of the speech is a huge stress release. I'm sure she was just the first to give public voice to what every other speaker throughout history only dared to think to themselves. Congrats for having the cahunas to say it aloud!

    August 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Haha

    Haha, OMG she used a word. What are we, third graders? Get over it, it's in the dictionary. I'm sure you have all heard this word before or you wouldn't know what an f-bomb was to be offended 😉 Or do you want to be coddled? Well too bad. Do us mature people a favor and cover your ears like you did back in elementary school.

    August 19, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Mavent

      Because words have no meaning, right?

      August 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marlboro Man

    Class act, that.

    August 23, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mousey Dung

    Off with her head!

    August 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tee

    SO WHAT? CONGRATULATIONS TO HER FOR BEING THE VALADICTORIAN OF HER CLASS. SHE DESERVES TO SAY WHAT EVER SHE WANTS.

    August 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ayurton

      Yes!!! And death to all babies!! And who cares what Tee says??!!! He gets to write what ever he wants and make no impact because it's just words bro!!!! F all ya'll.

      August 24, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • sfduck

      That's dumb logic

      August 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. obamanation

    jesus christ man. what we should really focus on in the article is who is the student that is making 20K a month?!

    August 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. T-Man

    Well, at least she didn't pray...

    August 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. clyde

    She should have used "intercoursin'", then nobody would have cared.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
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