Amongst out community in recent years it has been hard not to notice a strong push back against the weebs, the people who are very open and public with their form of otakudom. These people have associated themselves with a lot of things relating to Japanese culture in general and those thing in turn seem to have become anathema amongst the world's non-Japanese true otaku hikki neets, including a great fraction of the local denizens.
I feel this is a mistake.
Part of my own enjoyment of 2D has been it's association with and illumination of various aspects of Japanese culture. For example, I'd have never decided to purchase taiyaki at my local Japanese grocery had I not been made aware of it via anime. The utter rejection of such amusing trivialities is a misstep as it negates a fair amount of the potential enjoyment of an otaku lifestyle. Furthermore, antagonizing the types of people who do delve into practices that have been labeled as "weeaboo" will alienate a good number of educated veterans from our ranks. This little essay is not an obtuse effort to tangentially justify for cosplay and the like, that shit is still gay.