It’s a thing…I’d love to know how it became a thing.
Yes, this exists. I may have to do this. Will probably start tomorrow since right now I’m working on art and will probably be doing so until 4 am again.
After dinner, of course. Need to eat first!
…and I have a few things to say regarding it.
‘This,’ by the way, is something referred to as the ‘kawaii voice meme,’ which I can easily see being stereotyped into ‘Something Weeaboos Do.’ Basically, the point is to put on the cutest voice you can and read the following:
First off, you don’t use an honorific when talking about yourself: I never refer to myself as ‘Diorio-san’ when I speak Japanese. That’s what other people address me as (or, if we’re close friends, ‘Sutefu-chan’ is just fine). Typically, -chan is used for something/someone small and cute, so it’s not often applied to adults (unless, of course, you’re dating and the other person is just that moe).
Most of the words and phrases used here are commonly used in anime/manga/J-pop, which is probably why they’re the ones being used. If I were to say a phrase such as “Kutabare Yomiuri,” it would probably confuse most non-Japanese speakers, including people at a convention. Likewise, if I were to start off a conversation with, “Darvish o dou moimasu ka?” (“What do you think of Yu Darvish?”), it probably wouldn’t go over well. Unless, of course, you know who that is. Which you should, because his slider is amazing.
The thing about this meme that I really think is going to lead to stereotyping, though, is the ‘why aren’t you kawaii’ question. It’s one thing to use the Japanese word for a noun in a sentence, but when people use adjectives in sentences that would make more sense just entirely in English, people tend to judge them for it. Whoever created the meme might end up dubbed a weeaboo - which sucks, because it means they’ll be negatively stereotyped without people even meeting them.
Basically, I’m just worried that all these girls doing this meme are going to be negatively stereotyped unfairly just because the phrases and whatnot are what people consider to be typical “weeaboo speak.” Nobody deserves to be negatively stereotyped. Ever.
I’m insecure about my appearance because boys never tell me I’m cute/pretty, only girls. This stems back to middle and high school when the boys who made fun of me called me ugly.