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Posted 2/11/14
So confused. Didn't know such word exists.
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Posted 2/11/14

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I'm really glad you brought this up because this "weeaboo" phenomena is where the ridicule starts on Japanese culture. I have a few friends who, looking at my anime and manga, will spout off some overgeneralized garbage like, "Wow the Japanese are so weird and gross!" Oh? They are? It's as if they don't want to look past the entertainment and pop culture factor, and compare that to our bizarre-o pop culture fetishes. There's no difference, just they (they being the general american) has no other basis for knowing other wise aside from "weeaboo" ignorance. Which, might I add, "weeaboos" aren't exactly respected as far as their opinion goes in the first place. So why even go to these folks for "Japanese 101".

Sigh. Otaku culture isn't even praised in the east, just our western culture is more open to self expression so having 80 Dakimakuras of your waifu isn't so bad. But most people don't know that, they just assume that the Japanese are all perverts. Which, has anyone noticed how perverse America is?

Smh.

Are there any terms used in Japan used for people who like American culture obsessively? Jc


You really hit the nail on the head there. Seriously, what's with the american obsession with virginity? Who cares? Stuff like twerking and the like is A-OK and so many people are obsessed with sexual innuendos and virginity yet they somehow think japan is more perverse than their own country? Some people really can't seem to look at things objectively.

90% of the time I hear someone use the word "weeaboo" they are using it to describe someone who simply likes anime, manga, or japanese culture. I'm really begginning to think the word is used mostly by the ignorant, though I will admit there are people out there who deserve the title.
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Posted 2/11/14
That yahoo post is hilarious, but a sad case of, as you said, ignorance.

Just wanted to leave this here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHAhp4xtweA
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Posted 2/11/14

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First I will start by directing everyones attention to the encyclopedia dramatica entry on weabooism. Which to me is quite funny(NSFW):https://encyclopediadramatica.es/Wapanese

Now there was something I was always curious about and anyone feel free to answer if you can. But doesnt the term "weaboo"(or wapanese) normally refer to white people? Also can any other race of people be weaboos? Because from every weaboo video and even if I google weaboo all that comes up is videos of white people.


Weaboos can be any race trust me. The girl I was referring to is black.
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Posted 2/11/14
Can we call them Japanophiles instead of the simple words weeaboos/wapanese?

The way I personally see it they are self-racist people. The same goes for wiggers, Carltons, vanilla Oreo, and others out there.


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Posted 2/11/14
Honestly, how I see it is that its okay to enjoy different cultures. BUT don't go overboard with it(I.E people who overuse the phrase Kawaii). And dont act like you know everything about another culture just because of published media that portrays said culture(anime/manga,CMT,Any lil wayne video,Telemundo,etc etc)
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Posted 2/11/14
idk but when i see the term weeaboo i immediately think of wenis
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When I think of weeaboos, I think of obnoxious teens who always shove their interests in anime in everyone's faces. They act childish both online and offline, and tend to overuse the XD emoticon. They say baka and desu unironically and wear half-assed cosplays in inappropriate places e.g. school. They think Caramelldansen is a Japanese song. The list goes on. Here's some of the shit that weeaboos do: http://weebstories.tumblr.com/
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Posted 2/11/14
A way to tease someone for really liking Japanese things?
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Weeabos, to me, are people of any race or gender who glorifies Japanese culture and entertainment as the best thing in the world, and if you don't like it, you suck monkey balls. However, a major flaw in the weeabos is that they assume they know everything there is to know about Japan and think they are superior experts, even compared to naturalized Japanese citizens. Also, they blurt out broken Japanese sentences, but they think they are so cool for using it.
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To put it simply, anime and manga are not accurate representations of Japan, just as American cartoons are not accurate representations of American culture. No one should take to heart the things they see in anime and manga or any media from any country because it doesn't actually say anything about that country's culture. Unfortunately, many people do take those kinds of things seriously and believe that they are accurate, which is where ignorance comes into play. By forcing oneself to believe anything one sees in an anime or manga is completely true to the culture it makes one appear ignorant and calls for judgment from others.




While there are many fantastical situations in anime that do not in any way shape or form reflect the culture of Japan, I don't think it's fair to say that it doesn't reflect any aspect of the culture. There are many things in anime including settings, themes, and humour that is exclusively Japanese. Even if something is referenced in a show that sparks someone's curiosity to do further research, it's a reflection of the culture. There are certain things here and there that can be noted by perceptive people. It's just that if you think you've learned something you should make sure to double check your information. Now note that I am not suggesting that anime can be used as a Japanese cultural lesson or is a substantial authority on all things Japanese, but it's not COMPLETELY disconnected from the country.

On a separate note, one common misconception I've noticed that many weeaboos hold is that Japanese people are always energetic or act cute when interacting with people, especially on first meeting. In Japanese etiquette, there is a HUGE emphasis on humbleness and respect when dealing with those who you do not know very well. This is only faintly represented in most anime, if not at all.
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Posted 2/11/14
its weird how there isnt a word for people obsessed with other countries. Unless there is and I don't know it >.<
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LadySupercell wrote:


WednesdayBookLove wrote:



To put it simply, anime and manga are not accurate representations of Japan, just as American cartoons are not accurate representations of American culture. No one should take to heart the things they see in anime and manga or any media from any country because it doesn't actually say anything about that country's culture. Unfortunately, many people do take those kinds of things seriously and believe that they are accurate, which is where ignorance comes into play. By forcing oneself to believe anything one sees in an anime or manga is completely true to the culture it makes one appear ignorant and calls for judgment from others.




While there are many fantastical situations in anime that do not in any way shape or form reflect the culture of Japan, I don't think it's fair to say that it doesn't reflect any aspect of the culture. There are many things in anime including settings, themes, and humour that is exclusively Japanese. Even if something is referenced in a show that sparks someone's curiosity to do further research, it's a reflection of the culture. There are certain things here and there that can be noted by perceptive people. It's just that if you think you've learned something you should make sure to double check your information. Now note that I am not suggesting that anime can be used as a Japanese cultural lesson or is a substantial authority on all things Japanese, but it's not COMPLETELY disconnected from the country.

On a separate note, one common misconception I've noticed that many weeaboos hold is that Japanese people are always energetic or act cute when interacting with people, especially on first meeting. In Japanese etiquette, there is a HUGE emphasis on humbleness and respect when dealing with those who you do not know very well. This is only faintly represented in most anime, if not at all.


Anime can be a reflection of Japanese culture, but it is not always accurate and many western viewers often don't understand some references or jokes. I never exactly said that anime and manga don't "reflect any aspect of the culture" because that is a generalization and there are times that I've come across scenes or themes or characters that are very much reflections of the culture.

For example, there is a scene in Lucky Star when Konata makes a remark about the pollen pollution being particularly high that day. This is a reference to the fact that Japan (particularly the southern areas) has issues with pollen pollution. After the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings Japan needed to rebuild so they planted tons of cedar trees. However, now that wood is no longer used to build structures there is an overabundance of cedars, which is what creates all the pollen. This is the reason we often see Japanese wearing surgical masks in public. It's not just that a person might be sick and doesn't want to get another person sick, but that the pollen can become unbearable at times and makes breathing difficult.

Overall, it's not okay to take either extreme in this instance, either saying that anime can't tell you anything about Japan or thinking that anime is the best source to learn about Japan. Ultimately, as you have said, it should inspire viewers to do research of their own. However, that's not always the case.
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Posted 2/11/14
Weeaboos are generally considered people who show disdain for their own culture and glorify Japanese culture because of what they see in anime and manga. They're the sort of people who use the little and few words they pick up from anime incessantly, saying stuff like "kawaii-desu!"

The reality is that Japanese culture is nothing like what's seen in anime and manga - for the most part it's not that much different than Western culture, albeit with a different cuisine (more seafood because it's an island nation) and customs (more reserved and polite than Western culture).

The term "weeaboo" comes from a comic strip, though I don't know the name or issue of it. Weeaboo is something of a mutation of the term "wapanese," or "white Japanese." Weeaboos, of course, can be of any race, but again, the term is mostly mocking people who cast aside their own culture while glorifying that of Japan because of what they watch in anime (or read in manga) with little, if any, understanding of how Japanese culture really is.
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Posted 2/11/14 , edited 2/11/14
I think of wannabes most likely, but could careless as I am no addict.
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