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. Curious

    Fffffffffreedom!

    August 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Curious

    Markey, chill and enjoy some Doritos. Seriously

    August 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fernace

    They speak English in Singapore??

    August 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ave

      They use English as a first language in Singapore

      August 1, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agnes

      Singapore is an English speaking country. English is the first language and people learn their mother tongues like Chinese, Malay and Tamil as second language in school. Since it is a multiracial society, English is the language for communication at all levels of people.

      August 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Singapore Timbaktu

      No fernace, we speak mainly Martian, sometimes african tribal dialects and our favourite phrase is

      "Wake up dude, this is the 21 century!"

      August 1, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vern the Fern

      No, they speak Singlish.
      In the PI they speak Phillipinglish.
      And in Alaska they speak Palinglish......

      August 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marley

    Doh!

    August 1, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marley

    Lol, fernace!
    I think the f-bomb is the f-bomb in ANY language...

    August 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. clearmind

    If Jesus is judging us on the words we use we are ALL in deep do-do. Seriously people think about that for a way to feel unworthy. that is legalistic religion man-made rules. Just like Mennonite/Amish women who use the verse that women should dress like men ~ men wore robes(long dresses?) when that law was written! whoops!

    August 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      F"iing Diiihead!

      August 5, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. clearmind

    Sorry got carried away. wish people wouldnt interject what they think God would think do or say. that scares me more than someone saying the f-word

    August 1, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      So did I, sorry 😦

      August 5, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CSnSC

    I've noticed that the younger generations( teens-twentys) put the vilest language into most every conversation, mixed company included. So now when I drop the F-bomb, nobody cares that I hit my thumb with a hammer ! 😉

    August 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      That's what right-wing fanaticism does. It says that using Tea Party lingo today is cool indeed. Besides, having such right-wing parents, these kids are taught not to respect anyone or anything and take whatever they want whether it belongs to them or not. How can one expect these kids to respect others if they don't respect themselves?

      August 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TX4me

    Can't she be "caned" for saying that? Heard that a UK tourist is facing caning for crude behavior. Does caning only apply to non-citizens in Singapore?

    August 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      give us the hard facts in black and white rather than hear it from some 2nd 3rd 4th source.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. Madame Royale

    Once again, the Republicans, and the Tea Party didn't invent the "f" word, although that troll would like to think so if it furthers its trolling agenda.
    I am not a member of the Tea Party or the GOP, (I am a GDI), but I don't respect anyone who trolls.
    I guess that means you, Fakey.

    August 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Well......

    ______________________________________________________________ It's just a sign of the times; for those who know what I mean. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    August 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzzzzzzz

    please read and be aware of the surroundings of your children's schools

    August 1, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzzzzzz

    A Colorado Springs police officer charged with se-ually assaulting six children pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 10 counts of child po-nography charges related to DVDs that were found in his house.
    oshua Carrier, 30, was arraigned during a brief hearing before 4th Judicial District Judge David A. Gilbert.

    The seually explicit material – found on DVDs in Carrier’s Colorado Springs home – is what sparked an investigation that ultimately led police to accuse Carrier, a former school resource officer, of inappropriately touching children, authorities said.

    A preliminary hearing on the 78 seual assault counts, all related to six children, was postponed until Sept. 15 after prosecutors said in court they intend to file more charges based on accounts from other children who have stepped forward.

    The judge set a July 26 hearing for any additional charges against Carrier, should prosecutors pursue them.

    Carrier is on unpaid leave and being held at the El Paso County jail on a $500,000 bond. Authorities launched a probe into his conduct at Horace Mann Middle School in School District 11 last May after announcing that detectives found child po@nography in his bedroom during a search of his home.

    Police began investigating after Air Force investigators told them that Carrier’s name came up during an investigation into online p@-rn trafficking.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThaGerm

      UP YOUR ASSSSSSS. Everyone knows the dangers of pedophiles. NO one needs to read Your retarted rantings of the loser you are behind your keyboard like you are some kind of champion for the cause.You are so stupid your friends are stupid.

      I was going to write something else, but strangely your own comment to someone else fit just perfectly!

      August 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ajd041

    The british colonized singapore and its surrounding countries a long time ago they still speak it, ruffnutt the tea party didn't invent he F word and if saying it means ur one of them I need to go and correct most of my family (Democrats) @tx4me ur part of Global Defense Initiative? I thought it was fake...

    August 1, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzzzzzz Take your soapbox and shove it

    UP YOUR ASSSSSSS. Everyone knows the dangers of pedophiles. NO one needs to read Your retarted rantings of the loser you are behind your keyboard like you are some kind of champion for the cause.You are so stupid your friends are stupid. bansey. joey

    August 2, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
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