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->"''Because guess what? You might not know everything about a genre you refuse to listen to.''"
-->--'''sisabet''', [[http://sisabet.livejournal.com/286226.html Hate the Song, Like the Vid?]]

An all too common phenomenon among people who bash things: they don't actually look at what they're bashing. These are the people who insult movies before they even come out, or claim a video game RatedMForMoney has more deplorable content than is actually there.

Note, this doesn't mean you have to sit through an entire movie/play an entire game/watch every episode/listen to every song on the album/read every single page to criticize any pieces of work. It just means you [[ShownTheirWork make sure your criticism is valid]]. PopculturalOsmosis is far from authoritative, and it often leads to [[BeamMeUpScotty blatantly false information]].

If you want to comment on the quality of something, try to actually watch/read/play/listen to at least a substantial part of that work.

Or what if there is a genuine DarthWiki/WallBanger? You may not even need to look at a work to know a DarthWiki/WallBanger is bad. Most of us know the shower scene in ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' was a damn stupid thing. Some of us know that M. Night Shyamalan casting himself as the indirect savior of mankind in ''Film/LadyInTheWater'' is a blatant case of MarySue. Yet even then, make sure the DarthWiki/WallBanger ''actually happened''. There is no rape option in any of the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games. The closest thing is one of the {{Villain}}s doing that in one of the games. ''Not'' the player character.

Also, sometimes this can be {{invoked|Trope}} if some leave out the full context of complaints [[{{Demonization}} to make a show they don't like look bad]].

Some people have pointed fingers at reviewers and gaming magazines for doing this with games that aren't "Politically important" (which here means, "Are published by big-name companies like Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, EA, Activision, Square-Enix, Valve, and therefore bring a lot of money in via Advertisements"), which tend to get less detailed reviews than some other games. Rather, it's more of a bias since some of these less politically important games get less time devoted to them, but there have been some cases in which it seems like they didn't play that much.

The inverse can happen as well. Someone could complain about a part of a show, and it may actually be worse than the person thinks. It's very rare, but it happens.

Also note that if a person decides they hate something before even watching it their opinion may be less than dependable.

Related:

* AnimationAgeGhetto
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer
* FanHater
* {{Hatedom}}
* HateDumb
* HypeAversion
* PeripheryHatedom
* DarthWiki/RuinedFOREVER
* ShallowParody
* TaintedByThePreview

See also MoralGuardians, who do this a lot. Additionally, lack of research may lead someone, even unintentionally, to commit an act of HypocriticalFandom. Frequently springs from a CriticalResearchFailure. When people actually ''do'' watch the show, you get DontLikeDontRead.

The opposite is PraisingShowsYouDontWatch.

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