There’s already been at least one discussion of the backlash to the backlash on this board - I totally forgot to mention people losing friends over the response to Feldstein - so I’m not the only one who’s noticed this. Likewise, the irrational hate is more than a few so-called beloved cranks… most of whom are not beloved to me because much of the “crankiness” winds up being at least casually racist (see the numerous post-Tony threads that boiled down to “White Person X is superior to BIPOC Person Y”) or just downright hostile.
I did not mean to imply that anyone who disliked her performance was an irrational hater, but I suppose I have come to expect the worst of people on this subject, so I can’t say you were wrong to get that vibe. In that vein, have people come out and openly said they prefer Benko because she’s thin? Not that I’ve seen, and not that they would, but I don’t think it is immaterial to her appeal, especially for the folks who want some sort of Barbara manqué. That’s why I mentioned it in passing - it’s certainly true, whether or not you share my analysis about its impact - but that’s the tidbit that got the most response.