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What are your opinions on the misuse of the word "weeaboo"?
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Well, it's desperation:
Ever watch trolls try to heckle Classic Doctor Who fanboys, without ever having seen an episode in their lives? Not easy, I'll tell ya.

At least anime fans have something the mainstream has heard of to argue about, so trolls have that little pocket-fisherman tool to bluff with, so long as no one calls them on it for details.



I doubt anyone who calls someone a "weeaboo" has actually seen an episode of any anime though. They will have heard of it but not seen any.

Where I live hardly anyone has heard of anime, so at least they don't call me weeaboo. But they give me an incredibly confused look so I don't know which is worse.
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One of they all time greatest things to have ever been achieved by the internet. Its a great word.
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I'm pleased that there's popular term to classify those who carve out an elitism, in regard to anime, manga, ect... That said; the use of "weeaboo" as more of a half-baked, pseudo-insult ito be tossed around willy-nilly is cringe-worthy. The original meaning of "weeaboo" is nonexistent. There was never an actual meaning, which likely helped open the door to the word's current adaptation. Admittedly, "weeaboo" is a pretty awkward term, and "Japanophile" is a much older term that basically covers it. Unfortunately, "Japanophile" sounds like a hardcore fetish, thanks to the "-phile" on the end. "Wapanese" sounds about as dumb as "weeaboo," and "otaku" is torn between the Western use and the Japanese meaning. In short; I'd rather cut to the chase and call out people for being pompous shits, instead of using "weeaboo" and the rest.
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Crunchyroll is full of weeabos.
Now where did I put my cat ears...
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I'm a weeb.



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used to much got something better
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My friends were originally throwing the word around a lot, although they were directing it towards others at my school. But once I stepped up and was like, guys...I like anime and the Japanese culture as well, they dialed it back a bit to respect me I guess lol. But it doesn't really bother me when I get called a weeaboo anyways.
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Posted 3/29/16 , edited 3/29/16
my friends are older and probably don't know what the hell weeaboo is anyway.


It's just another term that the internet uses to classify something that people hate, that's all.
Posted 3/29/16
It's used properly to describe people who went overboard and lost contact with reality, now its a pejorative term of abuse for anyone who likes anime, What can be said apart from people are mean and dumb? Some wear it as a badge of honor.
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DAMN WEEBS.
Posted 3/29/16
The word has effectively all but lost its meaning. When it was used properly weeaboo refers to the guy that acts/cosplays like a feudal ninja socially IRL 24/7 and speaks broken japanese and useds honorifics, its a stereotype of the kind of fan that makes ordinary otaku ashamed to associate with, the guy who thinks they know japan from watching anime. They're thought to be kind of slow. It shouldn't be used frivolously since these people are rarely encountered in the real world outside conventions.



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I honestly don't understand the problem with liking things from another culture. I love japanese culture i guess i'd be classified as a weeabo and i really don't care, if i like something then i like it so fuck off. What i wanna know is what people think of themselves when they call others weeaboos? Do they feel superior in someway, do they feel like they are insulting me? Because to be honest they aren't.
Posted 3/29/16
I've been called a weeaboo for wanting friends like Naruto
Posted 3/29/16

hemicuda2 wrote:

I honestly don't understand the problem with liking things from another culture. I love japanese culture i guess i'd be classified as a weeabo and i really don't care, if i like something then i like it so fuck off. What i wanna know is what people think of themselves when they call others weeaboos? Do they feel superior in someway, do they feel like they are insulting me? Because to be honest they aren't.


The thing with what I said was, I wasn't talking about those kinds of people. Those kinds of people aren't weeaboos. I don't know why people use words they don't know the meaning to, like sjw, its stupid. And yes they are arrogant assholes.
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Posted 3/29/16 , edited 3/29/16
It's a word like most any buzzword on the internet by this point. It had a meaning, and it got run into the ground, thus becoming used to describe anything relating to the thing it was initially describing. I mean, I don't mind it being used jokingly or to address its initial definition, but I find it kind of sad that humanity is so desperate to find and warp as many definitions as they can just so they can insult people, especially over something as trivial as animation.

What was once used as a term to describe a person whose outlook on Japan and its culture was warped and molded purely by what they'd seen in anime to the point that they insult the thing they claim to love, is now just used as a way of saying 'Fuck you for liking anime' by most. I find that alteration of the definition more disappointing than the intent with which is usually used itself. If you like anime or manga or Japanese food or the actual culture itself you're not a weeaboo. If you think going around in a kimono with a katana while living on a diet of sushi because it 'makes you more japanese' is respecting them, then you're a weeaboo.
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