I've seen a lot of tweets lately, many with links to one or more blog posts on the topic*, complaining about people who complain about professional sports. Complaining about people who call it 'sportball' or 'handegg'. Comparing disrespecting people for their sports fandom to disrespecting people for their Doctor Who or Star Trek fandom.
I've spent a lot of time wondering which of my fandoms regularly result in brain injuries to the people I'm watching. And which cost hundreds of millions of dollars in public money**. And which fine the participants more for wearing the wrong hat than for beating their spouses.
I've wondered how often Star Trek fans have set off illegal fireworks when Kirk beat the bad guys. How many times Doctor Who fans have rioted in the street because the Doctor died and regenerated. How many cars were overturned and/or burned when Captain Sheridan was captured by Clark's administration.
I'm not saying it's not okay to enjoy problematic things. I enjoy a /lot/ of problematic things. But if you think scale doesn't matter, you're an idiot. If you think the degree of damage a thing causes to people, and the costs to society don't matter, you need to be kicked in the head. And if you think I'm obliged to hold my tongue about the problems I have with it, so you can feel better about your fandom, have I got a whole set of revelations for you.
So, I think my response to those tweets, and to those blog posts, boils down to twitter-size as "fuck you, and fuck your false comparison".
* Which I haven't read, for anger management reasons.
** Ok, Doctor Who's been going on long enough, it's getting up there. Apparently, it was ~£3K per ep back in the day, and as much as £1M now. At 813 episodes, that's pushing into Centurylink Field territory. But I don't pay a UK TV licensing fee, so I admit I care less about it.