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Japans add 1000 cool points to Josh Barnett

Josh Barnett updated his myspace pictures page with a bunch of shots from his trip to Japan. Looking at these, I keep thinking its no wonder Josh doesn’t want to fight in America. Over here he’s just that goofy dude with love handles. Over in Japan he’s like this giant white God amongst rat-faced men.

Us North Americans? We can see right through his cool clothes and hardcore act … our nerd detectors are too powerful to be deceived. We know he’s really all about cheesy fantasy novels, pro wrestling, and those stupid little anime books you have to read backwards.

  • sonzai says:

    He’s what we who’ve lived in Japan refer to as a Gaijin God: a foreigner (usually, though not exclusively, male) who wouldn’t be much back home in the West but based solely on his/her foreigner status gets more in Japan. A Gaijin God can be as lowly as an ESL teacher, or as high as a TV celebrity. Some (Dave Spector) get by simply on their ability to be cute, speak Japanese (which for many Japanese is cute in itself) and “explain” the West to the curious Japanese.
    Spector is realistic about his role in Japanese media:
    “In a documentary titled, The Japanese Version, he points out the novelty of foreigners to Japanese in Japan, likening the relationship to a panda (the foreigner) and an animal watcher at a zoo (the Japanese). The meaning of his analogy is that he believes the Japanese think foreigners are cute and out of the ordinary and will toss them treats if they do something cute, but that’s as far as they want to be involved.”

    Like many who’ve lived there, I’ve felt the allure of becoming a Gaijin God and got out ASAP. It’s Fantasyland and I’m not interested in living life like that. I assume Josh realizes all this and is just there for the financial opportunities.

  • márcio says:

    Yeah, the Japanese are really xenophobic, they’ll always consider you as the outsider and won’t let you in. I’m sure Barnett knows that, since he worked there for many years. He’s just juicing it, good for him.

  • victorpoprock says:

    Dude, I laughed my fucking ass off when I read this. I have completely thought the same thing about old “baby face” for a long time now. He’s not fooling anyone!

  • márcio says:

    By the way… “those stupid little anime books you have to read backwards”? They fucking rule!

  • Erin says:

    Cheesy fantasy novels are the shit. Ain’t nothin’ hotter than a guy who can kick ass and speak geek.

  • Swedish guy says:

    Talking about “cool points” and Japanese people at the same time must inevitably lead up to watching this video:

    It’s not the funniest of the videos on the subject but watch closely at about 1.35 into it and perhaps you’ll recognize a certain fighter preparing for his bout against that almighty never-defeated russian bloke.

  • Bruce Leroy says:

    looks like a roider

  • kentyman says:

    He’s just juicing it, good for him.

    Nice one, márcio.