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Post Reply The issue with the "weeaboo" label.
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I've never heard the term weeaboo, so I didn't realize it was used that commonly. I think I may have even been one when I was a teenager, but then I started to get over it and now I'm pretty average. I think the truth of it was that wanting to be Japanese was an escape fantasy because I didn't like my own life at the time. My step-mother used to say I must have been Japanese in a past life, but I told her that didn't make any sense because why would I be so interested in something I already know?

Now I like to learn a lot of different languages and cultures, as I always have but without the escape fantasy so I can appreciate a lot more.

That said, I don't think it's fair to judge these 'weeaboo' because it's probably the same thing for them, they're just escaping a reality that they don't like. Theoretically their lives will get better and they will let go. Either that, or they really want to see Japan for themselves but they'll never have the money to afford the air fare so this is as close as they will get.
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Basically a GIF to pretty much understand the weeaboo label. It was taken from the label Wapanese which means Wannabe Japanese
MOSTLY it's when they think they ARE Japanese and rather not just watching anime or such. Being into the culture is good and all; but unless you keep your own culture and not lets say "replace" it you wont be a weeaboo.

(yes I've seen weeaboos call other people weeaboos when they're not)



Does that make me an Americanboo if i move to america and drop my Australian culture and take up theres though?

Have to ask the real questions
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And people call me a wee a wee a boo , wee a wee boo, wee a wee booooooooooooooooooooo,~
I have used and got called by people a weeaboo, jokingly of course.
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Stfu weaboo
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15 / F / A state of content
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I hate it when people label you as a weeb just because you like Japanese stuff. I think the definition of a weeb should be someone who is completely immersed in Japanese culture, and they claim to know everything about Japan, while in reality they know jack sh*t. I also think you're a weeaboo if you unironically overuse Japanese words in English sentences and/or completely mess up the pronunciation of the words. Example: That neko is totally kawaii desu.
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Is it just me or are there any other self-proclaimed weebs out there? My fiancee and I like to joke that we are weebs and call others weebs. Yeah I have a room full of anime posters/figures/gunpla. Most of the music I listen to is in Japanese. I've been studying the language for almost two years and can hold actual conversations.

I want to go to Japan and possibly work there after visiting if I still feel like it'll be a good experience.
Does all of that make me a Weeaboo? Probably.

There are certain traits that distinguish the "real" weebs and people who just happen to be "otaku-ish"
Honestly I feel most real weeaboos are only in grade school when they first discover that big rush of loving anime. They hopefully grow out of that.

Anyways, let's all just admit we're a bit of a weeaboo on the inside and stop making such a big deal of it.
I'm a weeb, you're a weeb, we're all weebs!

btw most anime suck
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The problem with the weeaboo label is it has such a plastic definition. I've heard some people use it in lieu of "otaku" and I've heard other define it as one who essentially denies ones' own culture and identifies as Japanese, which are wildly different things.
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ive read everyone's interpretation of what they believe the phrase means and i still dont get it. how about we dont label ourselves anything? we are simply too awesome for silly labels like weeaboo
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Anime fan? Weeaboo? What? I just see a person with a hobby.

Now someone trying desperately to imitate something they aren't and failing at it, I call that being an idiot.

Who cares. Be who you are and enjoy your hobby. Fuck what everyone else thinks.
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Japan isn't the only culture I like and I enjoy many other cultures (mainly my ancestors are from). I mainly like anime from Japan and Nintendo and that's about it. lmao I knew a girl from High school that was waaaay into Japanese culture, so I do consider her a "weeaboo". She wore Japanese clothes, she always had a Japanese fan in her hand, she claimed she knew the language and how to speak it, samurai swords displayed, everything. lol It was really annoying, but do whatever makes you happy. That's all I have to say about it.
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I cringe whenever I see someone say or call something "kawaii" or "sugoi", have a "waifu" or like loli or moe stuff.
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Funny enough I was reading a book, The 48 Rules of Power. One of the rules specifically says to not preach whats great about a foreign culture to your own culture.

There was an anecdote about a Spartan general who became obsessed with Persian culture and they ended up hanging him for it because they couldn't take him anymore.
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Anime fan? Weeaboo? What? I just see a person with a hobby.

Now someone trying desperately to imitate something they aren't and failing at it, I call that being an idiot.

Who cares. Be who you are and enjoy your hobby. Fuck what everyone else thinks.


I like this guy.
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Posted 8/5/15
Normally it's said as a joke, a very common one over CS go since I have anime dp for my steam picture.
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I never liked the phrase "weeboo". I always found it was childish and people use it for insults or look down at people. I have met some weeboos and it seemed to be a phrase 14 year olds get. On tumblr, people use weeboo as a joke but ironically they kinda are one. Just mature ones. They use the japanese language in their themes, have only anime gif or pictures only of Japan. I could go on but I think I made my point.

I have seen many people from outside of the US and like the US however they don't get made fun of or get called at it. I wonder why. But you are right that anytime you like a culture then its kinda look down. I feel its more of the US doing it. If you look up Rachel and Jun (youtubers) they often talk about weeboos and how its okay for people in the US to wear kimonos.

Weeboo phrase has kinda lost its meaning over the years and I am kinda glad. Why make a word to insult people if you are harming a group of people that only want to enjoy things? That's just me though.
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