@Beherit Lets just try to chill it on the social cleansing. I said they can be cringy as heck, but implying that they're a waste of skin is a bit much no?
As long as their lives, topics of discussion and every fiber of their being does not rely only on otaku culture than I think it is fine. Everyone has a hobby and as long as it is a healthy dose then more power to you. I've met people who are so into the subculture that they do not talk about anything else and while they were pretty cool at first after a while they just didn't bring any new discussions to the table and things just got boring.
I'm all for people having hobbies and people being into just about anything they want as long as they're not hurting themselves or others. However, if all you do is watch anime, read manga, play video games, etc, and not really doing anything with your life, then something is wrong. Anime is great, but being a shut-in NEET is not healthy.
Weebs take anime way too seriously. The worst thing about actual weebs is that they think Japan is the greatest country ever and they think that Japan is just like how it is in anime. The truth is that Japan is actually a very xenophobic country.
I'm not easily embarrassed by being around other people who draw a lot of attention to themselves. To me, the only real negative I see about weebdom is a lack of emotional maturity. Otherwise, I can sync to their wavelength the same way I can with more general otakus (In the western context), more normal people, and so on. I mean at least with weebs, I can talk about something I have in common with. You ever encounter that guy who only talks about sports? You know, that guy who's on the cusp of your friend circle somewhere and you don't particularly know why, but every time you try to talk to him, he asks you how the game was last night, and since you don't watch any sport that has a ball in it you're just kinda like "...Are we talking about football, soccer, or basket ball? Because I don't really care."
So yeah, while anyone who hyper-obsesses over one thing can get annoying, but I'd rather be around a weeb than the guy who only talks about sports, or the guy who only talks about cars, or the girl who only talks about hollywood gossip.
*Taking lots of notes from this discussion. XD
I can't stand weebs because they bring to mind my failures as a macho survivalist radio personality. I've got some deep-seated issues to be sure, but at least I know which anime is the right anime!