I recently got into listening to r/cringe videos on youtube which is funny considering I could just read them on the subreddit.
Anyway, the longer I listened, the more I cringed and the more painful memories of a middle school me appeared in my head. I used to be one of those “weeb girls” that loved talking about anime to the point that I was using Japanese phrases I’d learned from watching subbed versions. In hindsight, I can guarantee I was using most of the phrases wrong but no one could tell weeb me that! I did used to cosplay but I still don’t see that as being cringe-y, although there were a few exceptions even I picked out from my handful of years going to conventions, such as the cosplayers that walked around with body pillows of characters that were either a) half to mostly naked and b) looked like a child and were also half to mostly naked. I didn’t show my anime love to the same extent as some friends of mine did, like how one dressed in full cosplay complete with a prop of a creepy cat on their shoulder and everything just for Halloween while in high school. Let’s just say that friend got bullied a good bit because of that which I still find sad to this day. I had another friend that would draw mostly to completely naked furries and they weren’t afraid to show them, even going as far as to draw them in class. They were also picked on but didn’t seem to care about it as much as the others.
I was more than just weeb cringe, though. At one point in time, I considered myself a huge feminist but I’ve had plenty of time to look back on it and I know I didn’t want all of us to be equals. I was one of those “femi-nazi” types that was overly triggered and I’d attack fairly easy. I’ve come a long way since then but I still cringe when I remember that part of my life.
The Facebook memories that pop up on my timeline are, often times, deleted if I hate them enough. I’ve had a number of them from middle school to early high school that I just couldn’t stand. Although, I guess if everyone looked back on their old social media posts, they’d facepalm too.
So, was anyone else just as cringe as my friends and I were?