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Posted 7/20/13
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Mango-sama wrote:

I feel like nowadays the people using this term are anime fans themselves and they're using it towards other anime fans who...it's hard to explain this... but they use it towards other anime fans who I guess would be called losers by non-anime fans. What I mean is that there is a difference between going to school wearing a Naruto shirt and going to school wearing the whole Akatsuki outfit on a normal day. Not saying it's right to call them that but I feel like those are the people who get called weeaboos and are always called weeaboos by other anime fans


About a decade ago, I remember seeing a guy wearing a leaf village headband. I always thought he had guts. Being an anime fan isn't something I share with people I don't know because there are so many prejudices around it, including that pejorative. If a person wants to add Japanese phrases, yeah it sounds odd, but whatever makes you happy. They are not trying to disrespect anyone.
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isisprince wrote:

I remember seeing a guy wearing a leaf village headband. I always thought he had guts.


Would you even say he was... gutsy? :D... uhh... references to things... I'll be quiet now...
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Richybabes wrote:


isisprince wrote:

I remember seeing a guy wearing a leaf village headband. I always thought he had guts.


Would you even say he was... gutsy? :D... uhh... references to things... I'll be quiet now...


The reference was intentional!
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Yeah, the term does get misused quite a lot.
I think it generally should be used though when someone is completely obsessed with anime, wanting to move to Japan, saying they "should've been born Japanese" and starting to learn the language and taking anime as a basis for the entire country.
When they do this they disregard hundreds and thousands of years of culture or worse yet, they trivialise it to fit their interests.

With that said though, there's nothing wrong with simply enjoying anime if you acknowledging it for what is is -just a cartoon.


tldr; there's a difference between appreciation and appropriation.
So yeah, the term does get thrown around a lot -often wrongly so- but there are a small number of people out there that I'd say fit the bill.
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hmmm, ive never been called a weeabo. but sometimes I feel like I am. I mean I love the Japanese culture and im obsessed with anime. but I don't act like I know everything about japan. and if I do speak Japanese its because im practicing because im currently learning it. but I really don't care if im called a weeabo why should my interest be anyone else's business but mine and the people who share it.
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I use it ironically. My friends use it ironically.

A weeaboo is someone who of course is far too obsessed with Japanese culture. That being said; watching anime doesn't make you a weeaboo.
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I don't mind being called otaku or weaboo but still i am not deep deep into Japanese culture but it is interesting and i do love anime
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That term makes my life so much easier. I hate weaboos, I really do. I stay away from them. anime isnt your life. Japanese people most likely hate you; have fun living in your silly fantasy world.

Lol
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Posted 8/29/13
I just move on with my life.
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Ugh some people at my school call me a weeaboo. I HATE ITTT

doesnt the term mean that you think you know everything about japan but you dont?
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Posted 8/29/13 , edited 8/29/13

GeassForce wrote:[. . . .] because theres no other word like it. (I never heard of a bad term meaning someone who wishes they were italian or greek.)


How about "Oreo"? The concept of persecuting culture traitors has been around for a long time, really, with plenty of slang that comes and goes for the specifics.
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I despise the term honestly, mainly because it sounds like something you would call a child, and when it's used to insult adults or anyone who shows the slightest interest in the Japanese culture it's so frustrating. They're probably the people who have never given anime a chance, and think the whole of Japanese culture consists of samurais and weird adverts.
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I use it for people who use broken Japanese in their sentences. "that's so かわいい! (kawaii (cute))" etc. It's annoying. It's an obvious sign for someone who wishes they knew Japanese but are too lazy to learn the whole language. Anime is popular so I don't use it for just any anime water, It's reserved for those special people who think they've seen it all, call themselves オタク (otaku(geek)) or ひきこもり(Hikikomori(Someone who pretty much just dwells in their room all the time) And yet they only seem to have only watched "mainstream" anime like One Piece, Fairy Tale, Dragonball Z, and/or Naruto. Give me a break.
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i find it appropriate when describing the loser type of obsessive->obsessive person
people who use select, broken, steretypical japanese words instead of english, who will do stupid stuff at cons or not know how to behave properly in general, all the way to the range of the type of person who apparently calls funimation hq literally each day to basically say hi, or the guy who asks a voice actor panel what type of harem they would have.
but weeaboo is that on the scale of anime
and there's a lot of them here aswell
generall creepy human beings, manchildren, womanchildren etc, etc.
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