I am sick of people dismissing various popular entertaniment figures and their fans by dismissively saying “XXX, and his legion of fanboys who think he walks on water”, or “XXX, and his fans who think he can do no wrong”, or similar things which imply that the fans are not just fans, but brainless slobbering fans who automatically worship everything their idol does.
It’s frequently said about Joss Whedon (who I like a lot), and I just noticed it in this post about Kevin Smith (who I am indifferent to). It’s also been said repeatedly about Michael Moore and George Lucas.
Bluntly, it’s an idiotic thing to say. Sure, Joss Whedon like Joss Whedon a lot. That’s what makes them fans of his. And because they like him a LOT, that means that they tend to think he’d do a good job of a lot of things in a lot of situations.
That does NOT mean that they think he’s perfect. In fact, it’s absolutely trivial to demonstrate this: read any thread about Buffy, and notice that everyone likes some seasons more than others, and in fact a lot of people don’t think much of season 1. Heck, the very fact that people like some EPISODES better than others demonstrates that Joss Whedon fans don’t think that everything he does is perfect.
If you think someone is an idiot because they spend their entire life collecting Buffy memorabilia, then say that they’re an idiot for that reason. And if you disagree with them because they like Joss Whedon more than you do, then point out that disagreement. And if someone is a jerk while talking about him, then call them a jerk. But unless you actually can literally prove that they are incapable of offering or receiving any comment about Joss Whedon other than one which acknowledges his Christlike perfection, please do NOT so imply.
(Ok, fine, maybe you mean it as hyperbole, but it frequently comes off as condescending and divisive. You don’t like X? Fine. But why is there any need to insult those who do, or assume that they like it in an unintelligent cultish mooing fashion?)
(Oh, and on a related note, people who say “well, I might like Buffy, but I’m scared by all its rabid fans, so I’m not even going to watch it” are idiots.)