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Are you offended by the use of the "W" word?
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Posted 7/26/14
I thought by the W word, you meant wetback.

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Posted 7/27/14

If it wasn't for the fact that the closest ethnic majority of my state is Asian, I'm fairly certain the state itself would meet the qualifications specified by the definition. A significant portion has to do with cultural heritage and pride, of course...but it makes me wonder what visiting Japanese think of us.

Still, I'd be more offended by being called an "otaku," possessing an obsession to that point is frightening.
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Posted 7/27/14
Nope. Calling me names over the internet means nothing to me. Never met anybody in real life that has called me a weeaboo either. The people who throw Japanese words into their speech or typing all the time annoy the crap out of me though. It just looks stupid.

On another note: I have declared myself to be an otaku multiple times, but I am by no means a shut-in. The definition of otaku is now more closely linked with "nerd" or "geek", and the old stereotype of referring to a "shut-in" or "hentai fanatic" is outdated. Thus, I don't find "otaku" to be offensive, and instead, wear it as a badge of honor.
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Posted 7/27/14
It's just another dumb word, if people use it in an offensive context, then good on them for being an asshole, but it won't do anything.
Posted 7/27/14 , edited 7/27/14
There's no point in being offended by a word that has far less impact than other epithets.
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Posted 7/27/14
Nope, cuz it doesn't apply to me.
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Posted 7/27/14

BLACKOUTMK2 wrote:
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?


This is my point of view, too, but I tend to get offended at the word because it was invented by other anime fans (and because it represents the worst side of our subculture, the one that keeps it from growing because of all the attached social stigma).
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Posted 7/27/14
I came here thinking of a completely different W word.

That said, people can call me whatever they like, whether they use it correctly or not. So long as I continue to remain happy with my hobbies I couldn't really care less how others perceive me for partaking in them. In those circumstances, other people just flat out don't matter.
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Posted 7/27/14
The word itself just sounds fucking stupid. Who comes up with this crap? -_-
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Posted 7/27/14 , edited 7/27/14

CoffeeGodEddy wrote:

The word itself just sounds fucking stupid. Who comes up with this crap? -_-


We a' boo you.
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Posted 7/27/14

Phersu wrote:


CoffeeGodEddy wrote:

The word itself just sounds fucking stupid. Who comes up with this crap? -_-


We a' boo you.


Ba dum tss~
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Posted 7/27/14 , edited 7/27/14
Pretty much, since that word is commonly associated with the libelous "closet otaku" or "hyper-zealous otaku" stereotype, either which makes us look like idiots and reinforces the dark side of us.
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Posted 7/27/14

Sun_Seto-san wrote:On another note: I have declared myself to be an otaku multiple times, but I am by no means a shut-in. The definition of otaku is now more closely linked with "nerd" or "geek", and the old stereotype of referring to a "shut-in" or "hentai fanatic" is outdated. Thus, I don't find "otaku" to be offensive, and instead, wear it as a badge of honor.


Likewise, though since my CR screen name is too long and gets cut off, I wonder if people realize it ends with "Otaku". I regularly thought of myself as a nerd, geek, fanboy etc. for years before I took interest in animé. I did embrace the watered down English definition for a bit... and eventually realized I don't qualify as that kind of "otaku" anyway. I still think of myself as one, because I have a tendency to obsess over various things, do still enjoy animé (and thanks to CR, finally have seen a decent amount) and manga (as well as animation and comics in general) and I really don't get out of the house much (unemployed with health issues).

Weeaboo always just sounded "wrong", so I probably dislike it as a term if only for that. It also appears to largely be an invented slur, which I also disdain. Trying to remove my sensitivity to it; its one of those things that only has power if you allow it to and (especially in the U.S. where otaku is only on the order of nerd or geek) it can be useful shorthand.
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Posted 7/27/14
i think some people are confusing NEET with Otaku.

An Otaku is someone who spends most of their free time on their specific hobby. They are very dedicated at the task or thing, they are an otaku for.

Such as Military otaku, who read every post about military weapons/technology and basically sleep and breathe it.

Anime otaku, someone who watches as much anime as they can possibly fit into their schedule

Sports otaku, someone who is into sports to the point they spend most of their time playing them

An otaku is just a very dedicated hobbyist, it has nothing to do with being a shut in.

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Posted 7/27/14 , edited 7/27/14

Sun_Seto-san wrote:

Nope. Calling me names over the internet means nothing to me. Never met anybody in real life that has called me a weeaboo either. The people who throw Japanese words into their speech or typing all the time annoy the crap out of me though. It just looks stupid.

On another note: I have declared myself to be an otaku multiple times, but I am by no means a shut-in. The definition of otaku is now more closely linked with "nerd" or "geek", and the old stereotype of referring to a "shut-in" or "hentai fanatic" is outdated. Thus, I don't find "otaku" to be offensive, and instead, wear it as a badge of honor.


This pretty much sums it up. I don't get butthurt on the internet. I've only had one person call me a weeaboo in real life and that was a friend as a joke.
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