The question is in the title.
So I've been reading the simply_kenna 3rd thread (around 450 pages) and people are discussing about how they believe she is a weaboo. Though that can be debatable, the main arguments as to why she is a weaboo are things I personally don't agree with?
I will copy and paste a message from this thread:
"I'm not a weeabo"
Kennoli, you put anime characters on your profile pics...You're using an anime style intro on your videos...You changed your hairstyle, outfit and skintone to look "kawaii des ne". You even recorded yourself watching anime... so what are you saying you're not a weeabo..?
The ones I put in bold are the only things I personally find problematic, though a lot of people seemed to agree with that person. But I believe there is honestly nothing wrong with liking anime and wearing Japanese style clothing and makeup (as long as it's not in the purpose to look Japanese, because that's borderline fetishizing and pretty cringe.) I mean, this is my point of view: there is nothing disrespectful in watching anime (certainly not) and wearing a fashion from a certain country or makeup style.As I said, as long as it's not because you're trying to look Asian, then you're not disrespecting anyone.
If we had set this same example with another culture, like Italian or French or American, no one would have called you fetishizing or disrespecting the culture?To me it feels like weeaboos and koreaboos have made such a huge scar on the cultures you must walk on eggshells to prove you're not one of them, but it's not right. We shouldn't change our behavior in fear to be identified with someone.
And I'm sure a lot of people will agree with me, but south-east Asia isn't superior to anywhere else in the world. Different? Yes, but not superior, so I find it unfair to set a limit to the things you can enjoy from there. Anime doesn't belong to Japanese people. It's not like there were a lot of western animes to watch. J-Fashion doesn't belong to Japanese people. Born from there? Sure. But it doesn't belong to them, especially when we live in a Society where Globalization is so important. The Lolita fashion that is originated from Japan takes its influence from Europe and yet no one says a thing, why can't we do the same here.
I love Russia even though I don't know that much about its history; I think the language is beautiful, so are the fashion trends and the food there, and one of my dream is to visit St Petersburg. If I said that, I wouldn't be called a Russianaboo or whatever. But if I say the same things for Japan I would. I would never, not even once, consider myself a different origin than what I am. I come from a country where respecting your ancestors is one of the highest priorities in your life, and saying something like "I wish I was Japanese" is an extreme dishonor and betrayal towards your family. I can't even imagine why some people would say something like that, so I never even remotely considered myself a weeb, because all I found for Japan was respect (not blind respect, there's a lot of bad things there. But not obsessional love.) A few years ago I told myself it would be nice to live there, but now I'm even too ashamed to try learning Japanese as if it's something I should hide.
What are your thoughts? At which point can you call someone a weaboo/koreaboo ? Sorry if it was long and tiring to read