pianist88 wrote: ↑
Sun May 27, 2018 9:13 pm
Never have been one and never will be one. But I dated a former weeaboo (or at least she CLAIMED to be a former one), and consequently met quite a few weeaboos, and they are very, VERY cringeworthy, but I respect their decisions to become one. Yes, I do find some anime girls cute, but I don't have body pillows/cardboard cutouts/posters of them, nor do I have a waifu. Yes, I find the Japanese culture interesting, but I don't go around calling people "Onii-chan", and I don't say "That is SOOOO Kawaii!". Yes, I LOVE Nightcore music (but classical music is my jam, along with techno and trance). And finally, I do find vocaloid interesting, but only from a musical/technological point of view (I am a musician myself). But again, I don't have any Miku etc merchandise. And I will always be a proud New Zealander.
The problem is not with you, and not with these people. Its with a concept of a "weaboo" . Much like any other similar concepts: "a nazi", "a nerd", "a hipster", "a golddigger", etc.
The trick is, people somehow intuitively
know what type of person they mean when calling someone these words, but when asked back like:
-"Yes, but what did you mean by saying that Im a "Insert_trope", why do you call me that?!" they will be... confused, to say the least. And struggle to answer.
For some people being a weaboo is just being interested in Japan. For others, if a person takes interest in Japan is ok, but if he watches any anime - he is a mad-bad weaboo. For some, all of these must be true, and he MUST also have a dakimakura and a waifu. So, its totally not about the person you are, but all about the person that calls you that.
Me, Im not a big fan of Japan or Japanese. I love anime-ish drawing style. Yume Tsubakiro is my eternal waifu. I admire Tokugawa Shogunate and samurai ethics (but I also admire lots of historical leaders and traditions worldwide). Yet, if it all was made in - say - Senegal, I'd hardly notice a difference. For me, its about specific things I like that originate from Japan, not the whole Japan as a sacred and infallible ideal. And I can guess its true for most of people there and in general anime and near-anime crowds.
But when someone calls me a "damn weaboo" - I will just smile and reply:
"Hell yeah Im a weaboo, what did you expect?! My waifu will eat large cake with champagne this evening, but what will YOUR WIFE eat? A chicken soup?ahaha". And so on. Just take it with humour, not with worries.