I just wantto clarify what I meant by this post, which I admit is very brashly worded
because I wrote it while being frustrated by actual weebs in another post.
foremost, I need to emphasise that I do not condone bullying. When I used the word
”shame”, I used it in the sense that the word ‘weeb’ should have a negative
connotation that will bring shame and remorse to people whose behavior warrant
such a label, and that they will refrain from such behaviour in the future.
Before I go
further, I need to put a disclaimer that I am not of Japanese descent, and this
post only represents my view as a Han Chinese diaspora/mixed South East Asian
there a need for a negative connotation for weeb/weeaboo?
waste your time linking me to videos or articles on the long history of the
term weeaboo. The context I’m talking about right now is not white kids
watching anime the whole day in their mother’s basement. The context I’m
writing in is that of orientalism, of racism, of imperialism and imperialist
(and racist/xenophobic) complacency, of fetishisation, of infantalisation. This
is a handful to say all the time (“hey you racist imperialist fetishist trash don’t
do this” is harder to say than “hey you weeb don’t do this”). Words evolve to
fit the needs of different communities. Please let this one evolve this way.
lot of anime or listening to jpop doesn’t make it automatically weeb in this
sense. Engaging in racist, orientalist behaviours, fetishizing people of Japanese/East
Asian/Asian descent, homogenizing Asian cultures, and–this is the reason why I
made the earlier post in the first place–being apologists for Japanese
imperialism that permeate many popular Japanese pop cultural products–is what
warrants people like me, people of Asian descents who are actually hurt by such
fetishization and Japanese imperialist denial/apologists, to label you a weeb.
stop calling yourself a weeb ironically.
watch a lot of anime and read a lot of manga, you might jokingly call yourself
an anime trash (I certainly think I can fall under the category of a loser with
no life who consumes too much anime sometimes). But please don’t call yourself
a weeb ironically. You might say that the word hasn’t had a negative
connotation in the sense I’m talking about, but that’s because it hasn’t had
the chance to be. When people like me call people out for being weebs, I don’t
mean in the sense of shaming you for watching too much anime and having pastel
blog theme or whatever. I mean it in the sense of any of the above–which
really are too long to list all the time, hence the need for a shorter word.
personally think this also goes for Asians/East Asians; I’ve definitely met too
many Chinese weebs in the past few days. Basically, please just refrain from
describing yourself or using the word weeb ironically because it drains the
negative connotation and power from the word itself, when I think we really
need a word to describe that long list problematic behaviour. But this word especially is not for non-Asian anime fans to reclaim.
I think it
needs further reiteration that what I’m saying is not that we should bully
misfits who watch too much sports anime and cosplay Madoka. What I’m saying is
that we need to criticize weeb behavior, and to do that, we need that word with
all its power.
be weebs, unassumingly or ironically.