15 November 2008

Dumbass Of The Week X

The award goes to all the STOMPers who were, from all the over-reaction comments, holier-than-thou and uptight anal about this.

I mean WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN? The practice of birthday bumming aka sabo (and now they call it ragging??) has been going on since I was a kid and I believe this dates to even earlier before my time.

Ragging? You gotta be kidding me. It's just a birthday bum lah!

I am not saying that I approve the practice but surely there is no need for such a big turn-of-the-nose reaction. Ok, if you have not had your education in Singapore, I can understand but for the rest of us who have studied in Singapore, please do not gasp and exclaim indignant shock like you are discovering this for the very first time.

Don't bluff.

I have had my fair share of being bummed and I looked back at them with fond memories. Admittedly, it may not be that amusing at the time of the sabo, it all was done in good humour and everybody will get his/her turn. So all is pretty fair.

What the classmates do to her is quite mild compared to what was done to me and me did unto others. I mean they even prepare shorts for her to wear to protect her modesty!

Trust me, I have seen, administered and received worse. Throw and locked inside a dumpster, 2-days-old stale spaghetti stuffed down the shorts, tied up spread-eagled and blasted by the fire hose, stripped and human rocketed into the lake, just to name a few.

The only downside to it is that there is a risk of getting carried away and the victim may accidentally get hurt.
From personal experience, I can tell you that the victim, despite all the protests, is a willing party (though not 100% at that time of being sabo-ed) to this. Sure, there were times where we chanced onto a victim that REALLY didn't want to be sabo-ed, we would just stop right there and then. That however, would be the really odd chance because the victim would have been pre-qualified prior to the bumming i.e. we know in advance that this victim 玩得起 before we bummed him/her. And it's because if the victim were to start bawling and/or worse, get violent, then all the fun and mood dies right there and then.

Coming a close second to the Dumbass Of The Week award goes to the editor who put these up just to evoke stupid over-reactions.

And what is with "elite JC"?

Ask me and I will tell you that I think that the editor is trying to fan the flames of even more negativity. The word "elite" in Singapore has a negative connotation to it and so it is no rocket science to figure out why the word "elite" was conveniently inserted into the title.

But this in a way, is expected lah. What do you expect from a mickey mouse media anyway?

- Voxeros

1. ahtiong73 left...
Sunday, 16 November 2008 2:16 am
this citizen journalism is going too far.

2. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 16 November 2008 9:29 am :: 
Ahtiong73: If you can even call it journalism. Anyway the main reason why this old age practice only shows up now is because last time, we didn't have digital video cams, internet and youtube! They would have made lagi more shocking videos given that the current generation's sabo session is relatively mild.

3. TSSD left...
Sunday, 16 November 2008 9:06 pm
The whole point of the sabo is to keep it within the group, not to show the whole world what you've done to your friends and them to you. So that one day a few years down the road when everyone catches up again, we can talk about the whole thing and have a good laugh over it. Recording these acts down is just plain stupid.

4. sunflower left...
Monday, 17 November 2008 12:59 am
I feel you are over-reacting oso... :x

5. JayWalk left...
Monday, 17 November 2008 8:34 am :: 
tssd: I supposed it is easier to keep it within the group as back then there was no videocam, internet nor youtube to archive all these.

sunflower700: Perhaps I am. But in truth, I am just sick and tired of all these judging and the despicable act of trying to incite emotion by fanning the flames of negativity via selective choice of words.

6. Millerlovah left...
Monday, 17 November 2008 11:24 am
Ragging is one thing, Birthday sabo is anothing thing and POSTING THE SABO that looks more vicious that the usual is a complete mad thing. Its obvious that these kind of extreme sabo will look more cruel that the usual floor/egg/water bombs thats usually thrown at the 'casualty' for that day!
Its probably nothing and somehow its blown into something. Could have beeen totally avoidable if they kept the video to themselves.

7. JayWalk left...
Monday, 17 November 2008 12:35 pm :: 
Millerlovah: In a way you are right. We don't hear complains of these in the past and the fact that there aren't videocams, internet and youtube back in the day, is certainly not just coincidence.

8. PasserbyA left...
Friday, 21 November 2008 2:02 am
I can't decide which is sadder
1) Insensitive/Insensible friends posting a embarrassing video that should be kept within the group?
2) Insensible people actually stomping about this and getting angry and kicking up a fuss. (Maybe never kena sabo before, jealous!?!?)
I'm leaning towards 2.

9. JayWalk left...
Friday, 21 November 2008 3:46 pm :: 
Passerby A: Posting video on the internet is inevitable of modern technology. Post it up and all will get to see it at their own convenience. Perhaps, they should have password protected it.

I am more peeved by those who kicked a big fuss over nothing.

10. merryfeet left...
Saturday, 29 November 2008 5:01 pm
Haiyoh! What's with all the fuss!? It seems pretentious to me, all those people acting aghast over this incident. Obviously it wouldn't be bullying if everyone is carrying out the prank on her birthday, much less in the public in school premises, and it's in no way extreme loh, just throwing "foreign items" (i.e., food) only mah. Similar to "".

If it was any other "non-elite" school *rolls eyes* what would the editor have said? Sth spiteful/condoning, sth along the lines of not teaching their students properly, no prestige no manners no morals, EXPECTED?

Aiyoh, just feeling angry the editor is being so ridiculous. Anyhow say. It's happening everywhere lor. Yes, universities included. And what's the big fuss over this when you can just youtube pranks and all pranks and sabos will jump out at you. It's all done in the name of fun, haiyoh... No harm done to the girl i think. "Emotional scarring" indeed. *rolls eyes again*

11. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 30 November 2008 11:58 pm :: 
merryfeet: My thoughts exactly. In fact, you just graduated from ACJC yourself and I am sure you would agree with me that there was no malice in the sabo. I am sure that perhaps you also kena before?

12. merryfeet left...
Monday, 1 December 2008 12:10 am
Haha, yeahhh. It's like a CULTURE here lo. Sabos are not only for birthdays, on random days you will tio also. Then its up to you see whether you are alert enough. :P
If it's not for these times random playfulness, I wonder whether I will think back of my ac days with fond memories. Thankfully, no one has ever left school "emotionally scarred". =.=

13. JayWalk left...
Monday, 1 December 2008 5:58 pm ::
merryfeet: It kinda makes me wonder if those who complain are simply a case of sour grapes?

14. barffie left...
Monday, 1 December 2008 8:08 pm
Ya last time the internet is reserved for those who "knows" the internet, people who knows how to code and stuff like that.
Now almost everyone has the internet, with easy to use video uploading sites and etc - it makes it easier for people who cannot take the joke to stumble on these things and make a big hooha.
In army also got this kind of things what...

15. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 2 December 2008 12:10 am :: 
Barffie: But army sabo tends to get a bit more hiong as there will be those who bore a grudge and hence sneaked in a sucker punch in there.

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