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It has come to my attention that many people are beginning to leave the Hetalia fandom. The reason behind this is not because the anime/manga is bad, or it had been cancelled, or anything having to do with Hetalia in general.

No, it's because of the fans.

Nowadays, words like "hetaboo" and "hetafags" are what most people associate with the Hetalia fandom. "Why is this?" You may ask. Well, Hetalia fans (or "Hetalians") were not as decent as they once were.

Instead of being polite about their fandom, they shove it down your throat.

Instead of respecting ships they don't like, they bash on those ships, saying things like "NUUUUUU!!11! MY SHIP IS SO MUCH BETTER BECAUSE blah blah blah."

Instead of loving the show in general, they obsess over the pairings.

This, my friends, is the outright definition of "weeaboo".

If this sort of behavior continues, more and more Hetalian begin to leave the fandom. In fact, it's already begun. Hetalians have already grown tired of their weeaboo-filled fandom. They can't fight those fans, so they have no choice but to leave in search of greener pastures. As a result, the fandom begins to lose exceptionally talented people-- artists, writers, gamemakers, roleplayers, cosplayers... the list goes on and on.

What would happen to the Hetalia fandom if we lost such incredible people? Our fandom would become empty-- a hollow shell, a piece of nothing. No one would love it. No one would care about it. "Who cares about that fandom anyway?" They would say. "They're all just a bunch of weeaboos and faggots."

Let me cut to the chase: WE CANNOT LET THIS HAPPEN. It's just too much. I, for one, won't stand here and watch something I love to bits get ripped apart like this.

So, stand with me, and let's help this fandom. Bring it back to its former glory.

What's that you say? How?

Well, do anything and everything! Hunt down the weeaboos who try to attack! Convert them into decent Hetalians! Write! Read! Create! Just show your love for your fandom in an acceptable way!

With everyone's help, we can prove all of them wrong-- that we're not a "bunch of faggots and weeaboos". We are all simply a large group of people who enjoy one show, and who are not afraid to express their love for it.

Join me now in this little revolution. Let's save our fandom.

Copy and paste this into your profile, and add your name to the list, if you are a Hetalian who wants to save the fandom.

itsalollapalooza23, HetaRussia, Night-Chimeras-Cry, Tehnmah, ask-nekosouthitabby2, Ask--Prussiacat/ThePrussianDragon,NepetaLejion713, oOopurple5everoOo, you-will-NOTICE-me, Ask2p-Italy, AnnaTrancy, DeathBeGone, SonicWillRule, EulerStalker, Artists-Of-Himaruya, GYRHS,

Spread the word. Let the revolution begin.
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sourl Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
There is a new season now at least
although the coloring looks different
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CaramelPeach Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is almost basically how i started to leave the fandom.

I was a little late into getting into it, honestly (It must have been late 2010, early 2011). I've been deeply into the fandom for a while (at LEAST a year) and I've had my OTPs, but I didn't obsess over them. It was at least half a year, maybe more when i realized that the fandom was taking a huge turn. Before liking the show, I saw that the fans really enjoyed it. It was hugely popular, and almost every anime fan I met loved the show. Which got me thinking "What's the fuss about?" and I watched Hetalia. Therefore, I got deeply into it.

Months after getting into the fandom, I'm talking with my internet friends and I make a Hetalia reference or two. The were just disgusted and rolled their eyes. 'I guess you just don't like the fandom, whatever.' I thought. But it wasn't just them. I quickly saw other people start to hate on the show. I rewatch episodes and try to think back on why I loved it so much...

When I go onto forums and stuff, I see topics about Hetalia, like "What do you think of Hetalia?" and such. People would reply back, commenting on how annoying the show is with the overused quotes, references, and pairings that the Hetalians would say. The next convention I go to, I decide to keep my eye out for those fans that say such, and sure enough, there were. I was annoyed myself. I felt ashamed. I look back on when I was a Die-Hard Hetalian, and I realized that I was turning into a weeaboo. I was turning into one of those "Hetafags" that people talk about. I didn't want to be that. I didn't want to be in a fandom that was looked down on. I left.

Don't get me wrong, I still respect you Hetalians and what your favorites are. I have even thought of coming back to the fandom recently. I missed watching the show and all my favorite characters. I miss cosplaying from the show...I missed being the happy fan that I was. But I don't want to be surrounded by those who are turning into Hetaboos or Hetafags or whatever. I want this fandom to stay strong. I want to come back to this fandom that isn't dying, but getting stronger and better to the state it was.

~Caramel
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CanadiianSpoonIsFork Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I shouldn't be dragging myself into these kinds of things, but I'll go ahead and speak freely. I don't know who exactly is being targeted here, and i don't know what you're asking of them. I hear "weaboo" everywhere (not being said toward me personally) and honestly i find it not only annoying, but also very vague. What is a "weaboo"? Every definition i hear is different. It's a yaoi fangirl, it's a mary sue author, it's someone who thinks they speak Japanese, it's everything that sums up a disliked person in a fandom i suppose, isn't it?

Sometimes i wonder, am i a "weaboo"? Yes, i love yaoi. I like thoroughly appreciating male on male drawings and male on male writings, and normally only of Hetalia characters (that being my current fandom). Now, i don't go shipping everyone with everything that moves, nor do i rub my preferred pairings in anyone's face, but i still like to spread the love of my ships in conversation and such. I don't think that makes me a bad person though.

And sure i might dabble in the dark sides of this fandom, looking at R18 fanart and fanfics (but i am an adult), but that doesn't mean I'm a pervert whose only interest is in two characters having sex. For gods sake i love the show for what it is, for the humor and the storyline (for whatever storyline there is lol), and now i love it even more for the new art and the same obnoxiousness. I have to admit that my beloved OTPs make the experience of being a fan all the more great, but does that really make me so disliked, even if i still adore the show itself?

And it's not blatant porn that my interest lies in, it's the love and bond that make me think "god they're so cute together". Am i destroying the show in thinking two characters are cute together?

But I'm getting off topic. I just want to know if i am a "weaboo" for the things i love and the things i do. If i am, which i don't think i am, then so be it. I respect people and their opinions. But honestly, for the ones in this fandom who shove their opinions in everybody's faces (I'm not referring to the writer of this journal) and who don't respect others and who only care about porn and know hardly a thing about the show itself, if they are called "weaboos" and someone like me is a "weaboo", that's just not right. They should be the only ones referred to here, not the ones like me who moderately enjoy shipping and R18 art. It just seems like people are categorizing respectful people with disrespectful people, just because both people have pairings they like. It's just stupid. Can't i like a pairing without being called out as a "weaboo" and being seen on the same level as the ignorant ones who don't respect others?

See this is why i don't drag myself into these things, i go on a rampage. But really, i hate that word "weaboo" because it puts so many different people into one distasteful group, which is unfair. It's so vague and overly used and honestly i think people use it just to prove they themselves aren't what they accuse others of being. But i don't call people "weaboos" because i don't care. If all some fans care about is porn then i let them like what they want. If someone is trying to shove their headcanons down my throat i just listen politely and move on like nothing happened. Just ignore it, it's not that hard. Maybe that's why i don't know what a weaboo is, because i ignore the truly ignorant fans, which every fandom has. I think people just need to learn to ignore the people that bother them and move on. Ignorant fans will always be here, it's too bad but true.
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Meriloid Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed
//highfive
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Dreamydeer Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
it really pisses me off how so many people are fighting over ships. fictional characters. i mean oh my god they're basically doodles on a piece of paper. calm yo tits everyone. i agree with you, i feel like everyone no matter what fandom or if you're not in a fandom needs to just respect everyone. this is absurd.
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Emocorita Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Totally agree with you. But I would like to add my 2 cents to this. the weaboos in the Hetalia fandom are a minority. sure, they're probably greater than other fandoms but they seem many to us because idiots always speak loudest. Especially the Hetalia ones. Personally I have been seeing a lot of people leaving fandoms , not just Hetalia because of the fans. personally, I find that inexcusable. If that person wants to leave a fandom, that's ok. Its their decision. but letting other people ruin the fun for them is stupid. The reason why I have stuck with my fandoms till now is because I don't interact with many anime fans and I only interact with those fans that are decent (i.e I don't pay attention to fans that are "weaboos" as most people call them). I think the important part of being in the fandom is just enjoying your interests and celebrating a good work above all else. socializing is a just a by product and how you deal with it is your doing and the work itself.
To wrap up what I just said many weaboos don't really realize that they weaboo and the best way to deal with is politely and discuss with them why so and so is undesirable/offensive etc, like you said. Sadly, most of the time people are quick to judge weaboos and tend to be rude and aggressive. It is the internet afterall and all we can do is just tolerate each other..
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Emocorita Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
*and NOT the work itself (my bad)
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Mezzochan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Although I agree on what you say, I cannot support the use of the word 'faggot' here.
'Faggot' is an insulting term for a gay person, at least in my experience with the English language.
You gave a definition for what a 'weeabo' is in your eyes, and I think we can all agree that no-one in a fandom should behave like that, but I don't really get what you mean when you say that the fandom should prove that they are not a bunch of 'faggots'...

As long as you take the 'f-word' out of your comments, I'm willing to join that list, but otherwise it seems questionable to me...
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WakaLakaAlchemist Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Look, I'm going to be honest with you. It's not only the weebs that annoy people, and it's not just the pairing wars. It's when people tell each other what to think, and if you don't think the way they do, you're Satan. Just because people aren't weeaboos, they think it gives them the right to govern the fandom. And that doesn't only happen with pairings. It happens when people make an OC others hate and slam, or when people disagree about the anime, or when people just can't settle on what's canon. It's everything. Hetalia fans have become incredibly critical and bitchy. I've even noticed it on my page. If I say or draw something someone doesn't agree with or finds flaw with, they fly off the handle and jump to correct me, though a majority of the time, I'm not even in the wrong. They will do anything to correct people. People don't seem to realize that doing that makes them look desperate to seem intelligent, and it's irritating. When Hetalia was still in its early stages and tumblr was livejournal, things were a lot more tame. The fans were more mature and reasonable. Now everyone thinks they're Stephen fucking Hawking. I realize I sound naggy myself, but the more people do these things I've mentioned, the less likable the fandom becomes.
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Julyjay10 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the great thing about hetalia is the freedom given with stuff like pairings heck it makes genderswaps with official designs! But with the weeaboos (thanks for defining that~) they override this great freedom. At my school there is roughly 10-15 kids in a group who love hetalia and we do talk of major pairings we mostly agree on but if one of us started liking crack pairings the others would give them the respect we owe them. And we would not try to convert them otherwise. Like with the debates of fruk, usuk, prucan and frying pangle. We give respect and think from their perspective. So for the weeaboos they need to sit down and think about this. Will the world end over a pairing in a show when actual countries are fighting eachother? absolutely not genious.
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