The Daily Tar Heel Editorial Board Lets F-Bomb Headline Fly (Update)

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The Daily Tar Heel newspaper at the University of North Carolina is going to get the most attention the paper has ever had from one of its editorial board offerings and they can thank a headline f-bomb you don’t see very often in print — on purpose.

“We’re only a week into the semester and four COVID-19 clusters have already surfaced on and around campus,” the editorial starts.

The online version of the editorial doesn’t include the same headline, but a sub-head reads: “clusterf–k (n) : a complex and utterly disordered and mismanaged situation”

Merriam-Webster does list clusterf–k under its “vulgar slang” offerings. As for why I have to censor the word here, it’s because Google will be a pain in the ass and send the home office all sorts of email warnings about the use of language in Google search engines. I know, I know…#DBAP. Just following the rules around here.

Anyway, dig into the editorial and let me know what you think.

Update: UNC announced it will shift to online learning starting Wednesday. “After a spate of COVID-19 infection clusters during the first week of classes, the University will shift all undergraduate instruction to remote learning Wednesday and continue efforts to greatly reduce residence hall occupancy.”

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

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Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. If the students admit they knew coming in what to expect, then why if that reality was known and they were concerned about it, why the hell did they show back up? It seems the better point of view should be the of the ones who are now positive and why they did or didn’t follow guidelines and if they have any regrets. Any at-risk folks out and about right now have to know their only protection is what they can do on there own. You can’t plan on other folks looking out for you-that is reality. If I was high risk I’d live a much different life than what I choose to live as a low risk person. Why outrage over low risk folks choosing to live than fear something that the odds overwhelmingly say they don’t need to fear.

  2. I can see a time where profanity becomes so mainstream that the younger generation has no idea what is and is not a curse word. I mean, people used to freak out that South Park said so many curse words, now you hear the F-bomb on regular TV. I doubt this is such a situation, but possible.

    I think the more likely scenario is that the student editors used the profanity-laced wordplay of cluster (meaning five or more) to bring attention to their point. If that’s the case, then props to these kids for catching national attention through a clever play on words. And at least they just didn’t use the F-Word with non relation to the article, they at least tied it into their point.

  3. Dude all college kids do is fucking cry about everything. This is like a Richard Sherman op-ed lol.. So against the system that is wildly beneficial to you. It’s like crying about concussions 5 years after the research had already come out. You are adults now. Either go to school or don’t. Just shut the fuck up about it already lol.. Classic twig placed in the bicycle spoke (how did this happen?). #bossthefuckup #dbap

  4. I’m a rare breed that was born a NC State fan who also supports UNC, at least in football. I was hoping The Daily Tarheel was coming out in favor of DBAP and let’s play college football, but clearly I should have known better. They are the ultimate Karen publication at the ultimate Karen University.

    Can we please remind them that attending college is optional, nothing wrong with getting a job for a couple years or better yet join the military/peace Corp/Americorps and do something to enrich the lives of others. If I was King for a Day in America I would make every 18 year old Male/Female join one of those 3 services for a 2 year stint. One can only imagine how much better off we would be as a Nation.

  5. Couldn’t have said it better, Tanner. Such pussies! Had the administration shut down the campus, these same clowns would be complaining about a dictatorial administration that didn’t listen to its students and their mental health to be on campus. Next comes easier testing and grading processes, more on campus mental health counselors and of course, lawyers to compensate for the ‘hardness and unfairness of it all’

  6. College/education and the news are supposed to give you a better understanding of the world. In 2020, a person who avoids them probably has a better picture of reality.

    I agree with the takes above, why not stay at home if you’re worried and let whoever wants to attend class take the risk?

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