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Are you offended by the use of the "W" word?
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Posted 7/25/14
I looked up the term "weeaboo," and in the majority of sources, it's construed as a very negative/derogatory term.

I have always thought of it as a broad term that at lightest describes someone who has a hobby interest in Japanese culture, language, shows, etc., and in the heaviest interpretation, referred to someone who would move to Japan today, if they could.

Among my friends who are in to anime, we refer to each other as weebs, which I have never interpreted to be derogatory.

When you hear this term, do you find it offensive?

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If anything, it appears to me to be in the same vein as "girly stuff" that some people hate for some reason. FFX-2 for example gets way too much hate for being "girly".
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Posted 7/25/14 , edited 7/25/14
To be honest I could not care less if anyone called me anything. The W word is just another made up word someone made up to look down their noses at someone else for having an interest. I don't take that interest too far, but still.
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Posted 7/25/14 , edited 7/25/14
Weeaboos are annoying, so yes. I use it as a derogatory term.
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Posted 7/25/14
Not really. It's much worse to be called an otaku, I think.
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Posted 7/25/14 , edited 7/25/14
I do, mainly because it's used incorrectly. It's a derogatory term for someone with a rose-tinted view of Japan and it's culture to the point of sounding like a misinformed and overly-biased idiot. I don't like being compared to them. Liking anime isn't enough to have you branded as such. I also think it's a shame that people even use it to insult anime watchers in the first place. Why should you be insulted for having hobbies? It's beyond pathetic. We shouldn't ever have to feel bad for our taste in what is, at the end of the day: animation. You wouldn't call someone with a bad cough a smoker, so don't call an anime lover a weeaboo. I think you start to cross the line towards being a weeaboo when you incorporate Japanese words in your sentences or role play characters, and I don't even do that!
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Posted 7/25/14
The term Weeaboo is like the term Otaku, isn't it?
They're both used to describe a person in a derogatory way,
usually with extreme prejudice and disgust,
yet in the wrong context most of the time.

I'm only offended when the one who calls others an idiot is an idiot,
or when the pot calls the kettle black.
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I've met some weeaboos in real life. At the time I wasn't into anime and I thought they were strange and annoying. They were like the guy below.
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Posted 7/25/14
No I'm not offended by that word at all.
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Posted 7/25/14
not at all
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25 / F / New Jersey, USA
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Posted 7/25/14 , edited 7/25/14
The title of this thread is misleading to me.
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24 / F / Johnstown, PA, USA
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Posted 7/25/14 , edited 7/25/14
"Weeaboo" is an established insult of a particular nature. Naturally, I would be offended if referred to as such, particularly since my behavior doesn't fit the accepted "weeaboo" definitions. The amount of offense at being called "weeaboo" varies from case-to-case. The intent behind the word determines my reaction. I'm less likely to be upset when the term is used in a non-malicious manner, because any negative reaction on my end is also in response to the person's malevolence.
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Posted 7/25/14
I can't remember the last time someone used that word as an insult, only as a joke.
Posted 7/25/14
I don't use it and I don't pay attention to those who use it. So no, not really.
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Posted 7/25/14

Overyodel wrote:

Not really. It's much worse to be called an otaku, I think.


I agree... You're a shut-in, being judged as a possible Hentai freak-fanatic - in some circles...
Pretty offensive to to say the least.
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