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Legend of Welp! #7

Link: You know there’s a fanfic out there where I’m your daughter?

Zelda: You? My daughter?

Link: Well, it’s not for certain just yet, but I think that’s what they’re building up to.

Zelda: Heh. What horrible things must I have done to deserve having you as a daughter? *sips tea*

Link: Oh, and Ganon’s your husband.

Zelda: *SPITS TEA* What…The…FUCK?

Link: You marry to try and break the cycle of destruction. It’s kind of clever. Very self sacrificing and admirably written.

Zelda: But…but it’s not a loving marriage, right? It’s purely for the sake of the kingdom…

Link: Well, the two of you do fall in love before your first love-making, so-

Zelda then destroyed the computer with her light arrows and stormed off. Link sighed and vowed never to talk to anyone about fanfiction he found online again. Evidently, he forgot about this vow within a week.

Link: Hey, Ganon, you know there’s this fanfic where I’m your adopted son?


The two fanfics I’m talking about are A Tale of Two Rulers and Growing Up Gerudo just in case you’re curious.

  • Yuuri: Daddy, can you please pass me the salt?
  • Yuuri's dad: *reaches for the salt*
  • Viktor, at the same time: *reaches for the salt*
  • Yuuri's dad: ???
  • Viktor: I can explain.

anonymous asked:

@carfish anon 8/10 immoral. Not a full 10/10, but stealing from people is never the right thing. He may be a bastard, but don't sink to his level by committing petty crimes. Stealing is still stealing, no matter who the victim is. Unless the bastard is a thief/com artist himself who's personally stolen from you, don't do it. @1/10 anon: give some evidence to support your claim, otherwise it's illegitimate

@carfish anon: don’t catfish him, amass online evidence and publicly expose him as a racist, homophobic, pedophile creep. 10/10 morally correct, since you’re only showing the world his true colors

anonymous asked:

So what is this Keith alien theory??? It started popping up and I'm like... what? Did I miss something? Please and thanks

HOOO BOY I’m glad you asked about this, anon. I’ve actually kinda been wanting to write a post about this, so thanks for giving me the opportunity to do so. (And sorry this took me a while, I wrote out a long response and then accidentally deleted it, lol. Also I don’t know how to shut up.)

*Rubs hands together* So, the “Keith is an alien” theory! This is a theory I’ve seen floating around for a couple weeks and I LOVE IT AND I’M TOTALLY CONVINCED, and I’m glad to see more and more people jumping on the alien!Keith bandwagon.

You didn’t necessarily “miss” anything because this isn’t exactly canon (yet). The first time I watched the whole first season, it never occurred to me that Keith was an alien. But after seeing a few people point out the evidence online, I was like, “WHOA WAIT. WHAT.” And watching it a second time, I noticed some pretty big clues. They’re sneaky and subtle, but they’re definitely there.

I’m sure there are already a ton of posts that have explained this better than I can, but here is some of the evidence that has REALLY convinced me:

He doesn’t have a family/backstory.

We know basically nothing about Keith or where he comes from. While that doesn’t necessarily scream ALIEN, it is … kinda fishy. Granted, we don’t know very much about the other Paladins either, but at least most of them mention a home/family at some point. Whereas Keith is … this kid who got kicked out of space school and then lived alone in the desert for a while?? Like seriously, who is he? Where does he come from?

The official website states that he was “orphaned at a young age” [link] which also raises a red flag. It’s vague af and it’s never even mentioned in the first season (as far as I remember, anyway), so that suggests to me there’s a significant story there.

He “senses” the blue lion.

“After getting booted from the Garrison, I was kind of lost and found myself drawn out to this place. It’s like something … some energy, was telling me to search.”

I feel like this part is kinda glossed over and never mentioned again. Maybe we’re just supposed to accept that the lions are “magic” and that’s why Keith was able to sense the blue lion hiding out in the desert … but also I don’t think any of the other Paladins have this unexplained “magic robot lion radar.”

If it were the red lion he sensed, it would be a little less surprising––but I find it interesting that it’s the blue lion that he’s drawn to, because it’s not like he has the same psychic connection to it that he has with the red lion. So, this suggests to me he might be able to sense a certain level of energy that the other Paladins can’t. Hmmmm.

He uses his hand to access Galra technology.

UMMMM? …. Look, I love this show, but there are some pretty big convenient coincidences––this being one of them. Initially I was like, “Oh COME ON, all he has to do is put his hand on it and it works?!” But upon watching it again I realized, it’s not a coincidence. Or at least, I really don’t think it is.

We’re shown over and over again that Galra technology can only be activated by Galra handprints (or by those Galra robot … things?? sorry, idk what they’re called)––to the point where our heroes have to drag around unconscious Galra soldiers or hack off Galra robot limbs just to unlock doors.

If literally anyone could just use their handprint, it sure would’ve saved everyone a lot of trouble––but it has been shown many times that that’s not the case. So the fact that Keith just puts his hand on this thing and it works?? If he’s a human being, that makes no sense at all. But if he’s an alien, it makes perfect sense.

His crazy berserker rages.

Uh … Keith? Are you okay??

But seriously, what is this? We see Keith go into this weird rage like 2 or 3 times, and it’s just so jarring––the total change in animation style, the almost inhuman fury on his face, the loud screaming (and maybe I’m going crazy, but it looks like his teeth are even slightly sharper in that first screen cap??).

Maybe Keith is just really extra, but I don’t know … something about this seems significant, especially because it doesn’t happen to any of the other Paladins. It seems like he’s going into this scary “battle mode” that is beyond human.

Zarkon compares him to a Galra soldier.

Interesting choice of words, huh? He could’ve been like “whoa kid you fight good” but to say he fights like a Galra soldier seems significant. We’ve seen that Keith is a really ruthless and reckless fighter, and yeah that does make him comparable to the enemy to an extent, but I really think this was meant to foreshadow something about him. Otherwise, it seems strange to just throw this line in there, right in the middle of one of the most intense battle scenes of the season (and within the last few minutes of the season finale). So, I highly doubt this is just a throwaway line.

THIS GUY?!

At the very end of the last episode of the season, we see this random Galra dude betray his own kind and break down the Galra barrier so that our heroes can escape. But why? I’ve seen a few theories about this dude, but I think the most plausible theory is that he’s related to Keith somehow––and that he might even be Keith’s biological father. It may sound crazy, but it would make sense why he’d be motivated to help the Paladins.

Secret purple skin???!!

So, in the scene where Keith is getting his ass kicked by the creepy Druid guy, he gets flung into a container of Quintessence, which shatters and spills all over him. He then looks down at his hand and sees THIS:

Excuse me, WHAT IS THAT. It could be some kind of strange burn from the Quintessence. But it doesn’t look red––it’s a little hard to tell in the yellowish lighting, but it looks purple.

What’s even more significant than that, though, is this part:

As he gets into the Green Lion, he stops and looks at his hand again––and watches as that weird purple skin slowly fades away.

O…kay. Now, let’s think about a couple of important things. First of all, we all know who else has purple skin: the Galra. Now you’re saying, “Sooo if Keith is Galran, why is his skin not purple all the time?” Aaand here’s where the theory gets even crazier: I’m betting that Keith is half Galran and half Altean

As Allura said, the Alteans were “a chameleon-like” people—and of course, we’ve seen her totally transform herself to look Galran. So if Keith is half Altean, that means he could have the ability to shapeshift––which means he could be camouflaging as a human. In that case, what we see here is that the Quintessence somehow brought out his true/alien form (but only where it touched his skin, of course) and then he shapeshifts back into his human form. Idk about you guys, but this is probably the most convincing piece of evidence for me.

[EDIT: ok so shortly after I wrote this, a bunch of people pointed out to me that I totally fucked up the sequence of events with the “purple skin” thing. What actually happens is that the druid’s magic brings out the purple skin and then the quintessence seems to make it disappear. So lol my bad, but I’m still on the half-Altean!Keith bandwagon and you can read a long-ass explanation of it here.]

TL;DR - If this kid isn’t an alien then I’ll eat my hat.

(Sorry anon for such a long-winded response to your simple question, but hopefully this is a helpful guide for you or anyone else who is confused about this theory!)

anonymous asked:

Honestly you're an angel

Oh, anon! Thank you. I feel obliged to admit that there’s a tremendous amount of evidence online that speaks to the contrary (this is my non-ranty face) but I’ll also do the right thing and just say thank you. Thank you.

This blog is the first time I’ve ever had an audience, interaction with people, and the ability to be useful in varying ways. That’s a pretty amazing and precious thing. It awes me, to be honest. I’m so grateful to all my followers for allowing this little blog to exist the way it does.

(Best anons on the whole internet! It is truth!)

anonymous asked:

You're my favorite LGBT+ inclusive blog so I wanted to share this thing I learned. I can't find much evidence online except for the table of contents you can find, but I found a book today on famous conjoined twins Daisy & Violet Hilton. The chapter I opened to in the store was titled "too bad only one of them went for boys". Apparently one was possibly bisexual. Which. I find awesome.

Thank you so much! That’s so sweet ♥

And I didn’t know them until now, but I’m always down for more historical lgbt+ representation!

anonymous asked:

How can I introduce a fantasy mythology with a large set of gods in a high fantasy novel? I don't want an information dump. Thanks!

One of your greatest allies here will be your setting, Anon.  As a rule, people love to paint, sculpt, draw, embroider, dye, and sew depictions of religious icons into the fabric of their culture.  You’ll find the likenesses of holy figures sculpted into architecture as statues or cameos, set into churches as glass windows, programmed as background images on religious websites, and carved into jewelry.  Your setting is what makes your world come alive and what ties your characters together: there’s a reason your story is happening in this place and not somewhere else.  The most prominent way to introduce your pantheon, then, is through the environment.  

Remember, too, that it’s often more effective to draw out the introduction of a large group of characters - in this case, your fictional culture’s gods.  A character might see a statue or painting of one god and have just enough time, for example, to read their name on a plaque and that they’re part of a pantheon of gods before the plot comes back and rushes your character along.  In this way, you can spatter information throughout the story at relevant moments and gradually deepen your readers’ understanding.  Learning takes time; familiarization takes time.  This applies as equally to your characters as it does to your readers.

Also, as a footnote: people LOVE to talk about their religions and beliefs if you give them a chance.  Whether your character sits down with an aged scholar to discuss the divine for hours in search of a miraculous plot device or whether they’re hurrying through a marketplace with a novice preacher rambling at their heels, chances are you’ll have plenty of opportunities to give these people their moment of exposition.

So, Anon, my task for you is to go out and spend some time wandering around your town - or, if that doesn’t work for you, do a little exploring online.  What evidence of religion can you see around you?  How might that evidence translate into your fictional culture?  Are there similarities, differences?  What evidence of the pantheon will your characters see, touch, hear or smell?

Good luck writing, and have fun, Anon!  – Senga

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Fandom: JJBA

Pairing: Caejose (but with solo!Joseph)

Warnings/Tags: Crossdressing, NSFW, humor, camboy, AU, college, drabble, lazy editing

Summary: Class clown, and a bit of a cam whore, Joseph Joestar does anything for his fans.

A/N: Back at it again with the Caejose. Pfft. Sorry if there are tons of mistakes in here. My eyes are burning like a bitch. Anyway, a little thing for the OTP. Some people asked for Speedwagon. But his heart is too pure. I CANNOT, lol. Having to write articles about camgirl stuff still comes in handy to this day, lmao. 


It started out as a joke.

A tacky dress. Some gaudy makeup. Far too many shots of tequila. They had recorded him. Singing and dancing, his lopsided breasts—oranges he’d borrowed out of the downstairs refrigerator—shifting beneath polyester fabric. Always eager for more laughs, he had posted the evidence online. It went viral.

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anonymous asked:

what do u think of taylor hill and romee strijd?

Taylor Hill is a decent commercial model however I find her high fashion work to be a hit or miss. Nevertheless she has a stable walk and blends in well on the runway. Taylor is gorgeous and very appealing to a wide market physically but I can’t ignore the recent incidents of her being racist towards brown people. There has been a lot of evidence posted online yet Taylor still fails to acknowledge her behaviour despite fans and the general public pointing out how wrong she is acting. I think VS should give her a talking to considering it ultimately harms their brand. Overall I always liked Taylor until I found out that information, there’s no need to make fun of peoples skin colour as it’s extremely immature and pathetic. 

Romee Strijd is great in all areas of modelling and is the perfect modern angel. She has a lot of experience along with an admirable work ethic. I’m definitely a fan of Romee and have nothing negative to say about her. 

the wrong year

He wakes up one day and remembers.

He’s thirty-four – works in the back of a restaurant as a dishwasher, lives in a rough neighborhood in a cramped apartment that he keeps fastidiously clean, works out religiously, even obsessively for a reason he can’t name. There’s no sense of homecoming that accompanies remembering, but no horror either; Levi has always been a creature made of inertia.

He gets up, buttons his work shirt over a tank top, rolls on the dark slacks his boss prefers even though they show every spot of grime in the back of the kitchen of the restaurant where he works, and he leaves his cramped, fastidiously clean apartment.

The world spins around him, and Levi spins with it.

It’s not a cohesive picture of a past life. He remembers bits and pieces. Faces, like blurred and fuzzy polaroid pictures; laughter, the warmth of a hand against his, a secret smile buried into his shoulder.

He ends up joining a few past life websites and forums weeks later, when he can’t sleep – and that, insomnia, is something he remembers, too. Most of the posts sound like bullshit; Levi isn’t longing for the past like the rest of them, real or imagined.

In this world, his parents are alive, though here his dad walked out when he was a kid and his mom shoots up heroin in back alleys. 

Having a past life doesn’t do anything for him. It doesn’t change anything about who he is now, or what he has.

He believes that until the day he crosses Erwin in the street.

He doesn’t mean to, but he finds himself following Erwin. Skips work and ignores the blaring of his phone in his pocket; thumbs it to vibrate and to silent when his boss doesn’t stop. It might cost him his job. He doesn’t care.

I feel like I don’t belong had been a regular comment on the forums about reincarnation. The world doesn’t make sense anymore. Levi hadn’t understood those comments.

Staring at Erwin, he understands.

It hurts, to remember. It hurts, to be forgotten.

He looks happy in this life. His forehead is unlined but wrinkles are starting to set in by his mouth from smiling. His right arm is gone, and Levi had hoped – he isn’t sure if he had hoped, but staring at Erwin now, he realizes that he had, that if Erwin existed in this world, wherever he existed in this world, Levi had hoped that this pain would have been spared.

But Erwin looks happy. 

He isn’t sure what to do with that. He stuffs his hands in his pockets and watches from a distance until he convinces his feet to move in the opposite direction.

He’s interrupted, halfway turned around.

“Are you going to leave after all that? I thought we might be able to have lunch.”

The place they end up is small, hipster, and expensive – furnished with unvarnished wood and drinks in mason glasses. Erwin orders a salad with a depreciating laugh and a murmur about doctor’s orders. Levi sticks with water, feeling small and poor.

Erwin breaks the silence with, “Do we know each other?” as he cuts into his salad with his knife and fork. Levi tries to muster up the energy to judge him for it.

He sips his water instead. It’s tap and vaguely alkaline and there’s something comforting in that familiarity. “What makes you think so?”

“You look like someone I’ve met before,” Erwin says – and Levi doesn’t even know if his name is Erwin in this world. “Or I think you do, at least. You keep looking at me like I’m someone you’ve met before, too. Was it online dating?”

It’s so innocuous, but Levi kept help the sudden noise he makes. Erwin dates in this world – online dating, evidently, and it’s so normal and so good and Levi is so painfully grateful in that moment that the sudden burning at the corner of his eyes goes unnoticed. “No,” he finally says when Erwin keeps staring at him, “no, I don’t date.”

Erwin smiles, a piece of lettuce speared on his fork and halfway raised to his mouth. “Well, that’s a shame, isn’t it?”

Levi can only blink at him for several, long seconds. “Are you hitting on me?”

“Maybe a little,” admits Erwin, unashamed.

This is new. This isn’t part of a dimly remembered past.

Levi doesn’t know how to react to it, but he scribbles his number dutifully on a napkin when Erwin asks for it after the meal. That night, he crawls into bed and closes his eyes and wills himself to remember, something, anything. It all comes up blank.

He doesn’t sleep that night.

At six in the morning, his phone buzzes. He rolls over to read it.

Erwin texts like a goddamned fourteen year old, all text speak and emojis. Levi replies if only to show him that proper spelling doesn’t have to be lost because of phones.

That’s the only reason.

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Squid Research Lab field-research team, reporting in! In addition to ink-splattered team-based online multiplayer, we’ve uncovered evidence that suggests Splatoon will also include a heroic single-player mode! This newly unearthed video footage has some clues about what this exciting discovery will entail.

TAEYANG AND ACTRESS MIN HYO RIN ARE DATING, BOTH AGENCIES CONFIRM 

Amidst resurfacing rumors, it has been confirmed – by Yang Hyun Suk himself, in a phone call with Daily Sports – that BIGBANG Taeyang and actress Min Hyo Rin are in a relationship.

Yang Hyun Suk started off by congratulating Taeyang, and said, laughing, “Taeyang has said until now that he’s been single his whole life. Even fans were starting to get worried.”

“I heard through his manager that it’s true. It’s not something to worry about; it’s something to congratulate [them on], I think. Taeyang is filming ‘Sketchbook’ right now so I couldn’t speak [with him] for specific details, but I’m happy for them,” added Yang Hyun Suk.

The two stars have been dating for two years now, according to reports, having met through the filming for Taeyang’s “1 AM” music video which took place in September of 2013, although the music video was released the following year.

Since then, various witness accounts have come up online, in which writers state that they’ve seen Taeyang and Min Hyo Rin together.

Fans also have gathered certain “evidence” online, including pictures of the two wearing what appear to be couple items, as well as SNS posts that suggested a dating relationship.

Yonhap quotes an acquaintance of the two, who said, “It’s well known among idols that the two are dating.” Also opening up to media, anonymous idol acquaintances of Taeyang said, “The two are dating pretty seriously,” and “As I know it, they’ve been dating for two years. They look great together, with their appearances and personalities.”


JYP Entertainment has also given a confirmation. A representative of the agency stated to My Daily on June 2, “It’s true that Min Hyo Rin and Taeyang are dating.”

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I relate to Pearl in a lot of ways but one of the things I probably relate to most is her uncanny ability to stick her foot in her mouth and say the absolutely wrong thing in any situation, especially when actively trying to be helpful

[NEWS] BIGBANG Taeyang and Actress Min Hyo Rin Are Dating, Both Agencies Confirm

Amidst resurfacing rumors, it has been confirmed – by Yang Hyun Suk himself, in a phone call with Daily Sports – that BIGBANG Taeyang and actress Min Hyo Rin are in a relationship.

Yang Hyun Suk started off by congratulating Taeyang, and said, laughing, “Taeyang has said until now that he’s been single his whole life. Even fans were starting to get worried.”

“I heard through his manager that it’s true. It’s not something to worry about; it’s something to congratulate [them on], I think. Taeyang is filming ‘Sketchbook’ right now so I couldn’t speak [with him] for specific details, but I’m happy for them,” added Yang Hyun Suk.

The two stars have been dating for two years now, according to reports, having met through the filming for Taeyang’s “1 AM” music video which took place in September of 2013, although the music video was released the following year.

Since then, various witness accounts have come up online, in which writers state that they’ve seen Taeyang and Min Hyo Rin together.

Fans also have gathered certain “evidence” online, including pictures of the two wearing what appear to be couple items, as well as SNS posts that suggested a dating relationship.

Yonhap quotes an acquaintance of the two, who said, “It’s well known among idols that the two are dating.” Also opening up to media, anonymous idol acquaintances of Taeyang said, “The two are dating pretty seriously,” and “As I know it, they’ve been dating for two years. They look great together, with their appearances and personalities.”

JYP Entertainment has also given a confirmation. A representative of the agency stated to My Daily on June 2, “It’s true that Min Hyo Rin and Taeyang are dating.”

source: soompi

Men on Reddit report getting high makes them a little bit gay — and science agrees

Does getting high make you a little gay? If so, you may just be a “highsexual.”

The term, ensconced in Urban Dictionary since 2009, made its way onto two Reddit forums in recent weeks as a way to describe the alleged phenomenon of participating in gay sex or having gay sex fantasies when getting incredibly high.

But while perhaps not common parlance, these two threads — “Can LSD make you temporarily gay?” and “Weed makes me temporarily gay. Anyone else?” — are example of a phenomenon that’s been around for awhile. It seems straight guys have wondered about “highsexuality” for a few years, given the plethora of online evidence. Are drugs the key to sexual fluidity in men?

What science says about the phenomenon  

It makes me so sad that Jared and Jensen can’t have any sort of normal reaction to things without it getting ripped apart from one end or the other.

I do believe that they were joking around and laughing about that stupid sign in that photo-op; but I don’t believe for one second, their happiness meant what those fans thought it did. Jared and Jensen are jokers—they tease, they play pranks, they mess around. It’s how they show love; and in their minds, a sign like that was just another way to tease and show affection.

Anyone with common sense can see that they love and respect Misha as a friend and a coworker—and just because they tease him often doesn’t mean that they’re lying when they say nice things about him. They mess with each other constantly, yet everyone views that as them being close and like brothers.

They obviously care about each other, and they care about Misha too.

In a way, I think it might be good that Jared and Jensen don’t understand the depths that the fans will venture to to try and pull meaning from something—something as small as their facial expressions or the exact verbiage they use. It’s good that they still see the good in us … they think that we see things the way that they see things. They think that if someone pulls out a sign that says something against Cas or Misha, then it has to be a joke, so they joke right along with it. But the bad part of that is … their joking is then taken seriously, posted online as “evidence” of this or that. They will never know just how cruel people can be towards their friends and loved ones; and worst of all … they will never know that the things they said and the things that they did, only fueled the fire.

I’m not saying that this sort of hatred should be blamed on them—I’m not saying that they should censor themselves or become super PC and careful in order to undo the harm that’s been done …

All I’m saying is … it’s a shame that them being who they are, the kind of friends that they are, the kind of husbands and coworkers and fathers that they are — could be used against them in ways that they could never even hope to comprehend.

Fans using their reactions against them and against those they care about, is wrong.

It’s a type of exploitation that is too often overlooked … and it’s just such a damn shame.

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Beyonce Dance-a-Thon to Kick Off MTV’s Record-Setting Week

MTV is hoping this week is one for the books – the book of world records.

The network is hosting a series of events designed to set some standards, mostly for goofy fun. It begins Monday at 11 p.m. with a 24-hour Beyonce dance marathon outside of MTV’s New York headquarters. In the attempt to claim the Guinness World Record for longest dance relay marathon, dancers will get a nonstop Beyonce soundtrack.

Britney’s Manager Larry Rudolph on Van Toffler, MTV’s ‘Real Visionary’

On Wednesday, MTV is asking viewers and their cats to submit videos in an attempt to set a mark for most “meows” in a minute. The network will challenge its audience members to break some of their own personal records Thursday, and post evidence online with the hashtag #EpicWin.

MTV will also ask viewers to express their wishes for the world in 2025, and will print out as many as possible to be buried in a time capsule for a decade.

Besides having fun, MTV is looking to tap into the attitudes of its viewers as expressed in a recent poll, said Stephen Friedman, network president.

“Our audience is made up of dreamers, believers and they love nothing more than to do something bigger and better than it has ever been done before,” he said.

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anonymous asked:

While I agree that cultural appropriation is a thing (why do people say it's not???) isn't it true that most Japanese want to spread their culture and beliefs? If my memory of history class serves correctly, it wasn't like this before. But hasn't that changed? Yeah I can get why her costume can be offensive, but as far as the actual tea or stylization (I hope that didn't come out wrong) of the whole thing, is it really that bad?

Alright, please bear with me and allow me to preface this by saying I’m not too good at this. You’re better off asking a blog like thisisnotjapan. But this is going to be from my perspective, and what I have learned during my time on this site.

Anon, allow me to clarify. First of all, yes, any country would like to expand the reach of their culture. That’s simply how civilization works, and by extension, how it exists in the form it is today. But here’s the thing. Japanese people in Japan (actual ones, mind you, not the ones who say they are online w/o evidence, I never trust those on principle) don’t have the same perspective as those diaspora (people of Japanese descent who live elsewhere in the world). 

You see, many non-European cultures are… made light of, in many countries around the world. General xenophobia, antiblackness worldwide, that sort of thing. And particularly in places like the United States, the current trend is East Asian countries. You’ve seen them. Weeaboos, Koreaboos, that sort of thing. Honestly if this site was around in the 80′s or 90′s you’d have Chinaboos all over the place too. That’s the problem. We are a trend here, and that’s not ok. Many people like to use our language to accessorize their own (aesthetic bloggers, looking directly at you, despite your eye gouging themes), or act as though they know more about Japanese culture because of an anime they watched.

I cannot tell you how many times, for example, I go to Little Tokyo in Downtown LA, and see far more cosplayers than should be there, or see someone say something is “so anime” as though anime is the only facet of modern Japanese culture. I get it. Cosplay is a popular hobby to have. Cosplay is fun. I do it too. But the thing is that cosplay as we know it today started in Japan, and has been consumed here. Just like many other things, weeaboos have commodified many parts of Japanese culture, or used it to present themselves as more worldly or more knowledgeable, or even in some worse cases, “more Japanese” than people like myself, an actual diasporic Japanese person. 

I realize I’ve made this a bigger issue than most would have, but the thing is, it really is that bad. As I said in my much angrier version on that post, we are a culture, not a costume, and I don’t think it’s fair that that little white girl gets to have her geisha fantasy for a day, while many Japanese people train and devote themselves to the lifestyle and get looked down upon by white people, the same ones who gush about how cute their little girl looks in a much much worse “kimono” and poorly done makeup. 

In short, anon, and I sincerely hope this helps you understand, Japanese people are not a costume, not a trend, and we should not be treated as one. If some white family wants to have a geisha tea party, they need to know why that’s wrong, and learn how to go about it properly. Hell, hire an actual geisha to perform a tea ceremony with them, it’s still more respectful than bad facepaint and paper thin “kimono”.