-->-- Part of a particularly angry and long-winded author's note about the negative reviews skewed towards the infamous ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Legend of Zelda]]'' FanFic ''MyInnerLife''

A storied phrase that's become popular with Internet fandoms. It appears most popularly as a generic way to bash those who start [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike complaining about something they don't like]]. [[CantTakeCriticism Sometimes the author will tell readers this to dismiss even the most constructive of criticism.]]

The invalidity of this argument is obvious - how do you know you won't like a story if you don't read it? It's not like you can "unread" something once you've read it (though God knows [[BrainBleach you'd want to, sometimes]]). Would they prefer [[ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch that you complain about a show you don't even watch?]] This argument is invalid if there was no warning beforehand, if the person has already finished reading, or if the person ''has'' to read it. If they did not leave a review and are stating their opinions in their own personal space, this argument is invalid since they aren't reading, and you have equal freedom to ignore those opinions if they bother you.

Fans and creators often overlook the fact that most people don't begin reading/watching a work without the hope that they will enjoy it - even if it's just because it's SoBadItsGood. And they give criticism because, frankly, it's their right. They criticise both for the benefit of future readers ''and'' the creator. Responses to these kinds of criticisms can often be found in the comments or reviews to popular stories/videos, especially those of popular {{YouTube}}rs.

But sometimes this argument is valid. If a story is a DarkFic and the readers were warned from the start. If someone complains of being scarred for life after being exposed to such works when warnings are given, it is simply concurred that the story was darker than they expected. [[note]](This is different from complaining about the ''quality'' of the content, when it is complaining about the subject matter itself!)[[/note]] It's also a valid retort if the critic begins reading/watching/playing an ongoing series, and continues while whining about it rather than dropping it and moving on to something they ''will'' enjoy. If you hate it that much, why don't you try something else? Sometimes, you just have to accept that something isn't working for you anymore and its time to stop following it. [[note]](One exception is if the critic is being paid to do reviews or recaps, in which case they can't exactly give up on the product easily... and for sites like TelevisionWithoutPity, bad shows and films generally led to lots of snark.)[[/note]]

Furthermore, authors, and producers of entertainment content in general, must also deal with that wonderful trait called FanDumb. Fans can become possessive of their favourite franchises, and can have very specific ideas of where they want the story to go... ideas that are simply [[CuttingOffTheBranches not where the writer wants to go]]. When beleaguered with such requests for CharacterDerailment, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot waste of perfectly good plot]], or other betrayals of the story's or writer's artistic integrity, well-meaning though they may be, it can be the simplest defence at hand - basically telling the reader to suck on it.

Which is happening in any given conversation? It depends, and on the net, [[BlackAndGreyMorality sometimes it's a little of both]].

In the case of fanfiction, if the writer gives their readers warning in the summary of interesting things like the pairings, any slash, rape, or mass murdering, they have a fair defense with "Don't Like, Don't Read". If, however, their summaries consist of such gems as "ISuckAtSummaries", they generally don't have any right to complain and this argument is completely invalid.

See LetsSeeYOUDoBetter and YoureJustJealous for the complete trifecta of stock generic excuses to [[BadWritingIndex bad writing]].

'''Note:''' Like any other example list, try to avoid [[TakeThat Take Thats]] and Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike. Also, please keep in mind this is about ''fiction'', not ''any'' rebuff of criticism.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/BookGirl''; As an in-universe example of sorts, in the animated short (based on a series of light novels about a girl who literally eats books and the boy she makes write for her), the eponymous "literature girl" complains about the out-of-nowhere ending of a story the boy has written for her, leading him to reply "Hey, if you don't like it, don't eat it."
* Kubo Tite, author of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', tweeted in early 2010, [[DearNegativeReader in response to criticism,]] that:
--> "Sometimes [[TakeThatAudience some]] [[ManChild children]] get the wrong idea, so I guess I'll explain. It's not the reader's right to change the story of a work. Their only right is to choose whether or not to read it. If they can't stomach it, they should stop reading.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* There's a peculiar phenomenon amongst readers of comics, especially mainstream titles such as those published by Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} or Creator/{{DC|Comics}}, that if a title they enjoy takes a turn they disapprove of, perhaps a new writer with a new vision, or a particular bad plot twist, they will continue to purchase every new issue that comes out every month, but go on the Internet and gripe about how horrible it is. Often you'll hear the excuse that they're only buying it because, quote, "I don't want any holes in my collection," and then they'll also buy all the alt covers for the same. This was especially noticeable during the controversial ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' storyline for Marvel's {{Spider-Man}}; the internet ''lit up'' with readers blasting the direction the story was going, blasting Marvel for what they were doing to Spider-Man, blasting Creator/JoeQuesada personally for being the ringleader of it... but still buying all the books and wondering why Marvel doesn't realize how much they dislike a direction that "all the fans" hate, but are still financially supporting.
** This is a bit of a [[MortonsFork double-edged sword]]. If a fan does stop reading because they dislike the direction, they are then told that their opinion has no merit because they aren't buying. So, in other words, you aren't allowed to buy and then complain, because if you don't like it you should just stop buying, and therefore your criticism has no merit. But if you do stop buying, your opinion doesn't count because you don't know what is going on and therefore your criticism has no merit. Somehow, a fan needs to find a way to buy, but not buy, and read, but not read, in order for their criticisms to have any validity.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* A popular defence among Fanfic writers, even when they're responding to mockery from websites specifically dedicated to seeking out and mocking the "worst examples" of both. Unfortunately, [[CantTakeCriticism this phrase is also used as a defense in regard to real criticism]], such as comments on a writer's lack of proper grammar, or incorrect spelling, or some other example of it just being a bad story.
* Creator/HansVonHozel used this in his ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' fic when he rehosted it (it had been reported and deleted).
* On FanfictionDotNet and other sites, pairings are often labelled. So if you're, say, a ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' fan who is enraged by the thought of the teen heroine in [[LesYay a lesbian relationship]] with her [[FoeYay nemesis]], then why are you even reading that pairing?
** At ArchiveOfOurOwn, in addition to the usual tags, they have a symbol system worked out to indicate MPAA rating, type of relationship, content warnings and whether the work is complete. They want you to know exactly what you are getting into before you begin, and will explicitly note if the author chose to not set a rating or any warnings, including none. Sometimes the story is so short it's summarized by the tags.
* After the advent of the seventh Harry Potter book, any author that did not follow canon couples ([[spoiler:notably Harry/Hermione shippers]]) were almost forced to put this at the head of every fanfic to ward off the "But it ended [[spoiler:Ron/Hermione and Harry/Ginny]]" comments.
* MyInnerLife. The Author's Note was basically a long-winded AuthorTract all about this that went on for ''pages upon pages.''
* Cori Falls had these disclaimers in the form of long-winded rants on both her ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' pages.
* The fictional fanfic authors included in ''Fanfic/BleachFanWorks'' do this quite often. Jolene Meyers possibly has the most succinct example.
-->'''Jolene Meyers''': If you don't like my character, then [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] don't read.
* As mentioned in WebComics below, fanfic writers can, to an extent, get away with this. Because the stories are uploaded chapter by chapter and don't cost anything to view, there's no reason for readers to keep reading if they don't like it. A negative review on the first few chapters, while readers are trying to see if it's worth continuing with, makes sense, but if it's on chapter thirty and people are still commenting that they've hated it since the beginning, [[HateDumb you have to wonder why they're still reading.]]

* Producer J.J. Abrams flat out told ''Trek'' fans not to bother watching [[Film/StarTrek his re-working]] of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' if they weren't going to like it.
* Often happens with films that are [[CriticalDissonance disliked by reviewers, but still have a loyal following]], such as ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen]]''. Comments on reviews will frankly tell the reviewer not to see the movie, then, despite the fact that ''reviewing movies is their job''.
* This phrase seems to be Creator/KevinSmith's mentality. As years have passed, he's gotten nastier and nastier towards critics, and seems to resent them.

* Laurell K. Hamilton's DearNegativeReader letter to fans of her ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' series, who complained of increasing [[MarySue Sue-ishness]] of the title character and emphasis on IKEAErotica over an actual plot.
* Creator/TerryGoodkind, when talking about people who didn't enjoy [[Literature/SwordOfTruth his books]] but still read them (they might have started out as fans, for example), said that their complaining was like someone slamming their hand in a car door, screaming about how much it hurts, and then doing it over and over again, saying how much they didn't like it all the while. Which is to say, even Terry Goodkind thinks ''Naked Empire'' is like slamming your hand in a car door.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fans tend to use this excuse when dealing with the series' {{hatedom}}. It never works. Partially because [[{{Hatedom}} antis]] want to know what they're talking about. It really doesn't help the fans' case when they ''also'' use the polar opposite excuse: "You can't hate it unless you've read it."
* Website/AntiShurtugal (an [[{{Hatedom}} anti-fansite]] for ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', now defunct) was founded reportedly because certain individuals received this (and the [[LetsSeeYOUDoBetter other]] [[YoureJustJealous two]] StockPhrases in the Holy Trinity along with forum bans and [[DisproportionateRetribution death threats]]) every time they'd post something critical on an Inheritance fansite.
** Its SpiritualSuccessor, www.impishidea.com, has also received a number of ugly comments along the lines of this trope when it was critical of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' or ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. It also accidentally attracted the author of ''Bitterwood''.
* Creator/JKRowling explained in an interview that she has told at least one person, who did not react well to a certain character's death in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', not to read the rest of the books. Given the [[AnyoneCanDie direction]] the series took after that, it was probably for the best (it was probably intended more as a warning for the reader's own good than an attempt to deflect criticism, which Rowling is usually very good at handling).
* In the 1970s, as SlashFic became prominent, anyone who protested was often told "[[http://fanlore.org/wiki/IDIC_(glossary_term) IDIC]]", i.e., the universe is made up of an infinite number of very different factors, so let be.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Has been heard like a mantra on ''Series/DoctorWho'' fan sites since the new series began airing, to the point where there are certain areas where expressing ''any'' criticism of the new series will invoke this response.
** This has been going on since ''at least'' Pertwee, who himself said that if they didn't like the show, there was [[TechMarchesOn a little knob on the television that would take care of that]].
* ''JerseyShore'' (one of {{MTV}}'s reality shows) cast member "Snooki"'s response that the show reinforced negative stereotype that Italian-Americans were nothing but loud-mouthed partying guidos: ""FUCK YOU! If you don't want to watch, don't watch. Just shut the hell up! I'm serious. FUCK YOU!"
** ...which is, ironically (intentionally so, it is to be hoped), just what a stereotypical loud-mouthed guido would say.
* ''Series/ICarly'': Seddie is Seddie, Creddie is Creddie, and [[ShipToShipCombat never the twain shall meet]]. This also applies to the {{fanfic}}. You could tell everyone straight up from word 1, shouting up and down your story will end as Creddie, the readers would happily read 50 chapters of Carly/OC, Freddie/Wendy, or Carly/Griffin until they finally get together, but you put Freddie with Sam for a couple chapters, and you'll get complaints.
* Co-creator of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' Larry David would often state "If you don't like it, please don't watch" in response to various criticisms of the show.
* In a press conference before the ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' series premiere, Edward Olmos was asked about the reaction of ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'' fans to the reimagining. He said, flatly, "if you're a fan of the original, don't watch the new one. You won't like it, turn it off." This made some minor entertainment headlines ("Eddie Olmos ''doesn't'' want you to watch his new show!") and was probably the result of Olmos seeing one too many [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks complaints]] from [[FanDumb the original show's fans]] about the new show just existing. Ron Moore would later admit that it turned into better publicity than they could've paid for with people tuning in [[BileFascination just to see why Olmos thought they would hate it]].
* In a pre-series [[http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2009/02/22/kamen-rider-returns-to-us-television/ interview]], ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'''s producer Steve Wang commented on [[FanDumb fans]] who [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks automatically hate any US adaptation without giving it a fair shot]], saying (in so many words) that ''Dragon Knight'' wasn't for them, and that he'd be the first to suggest they just not bother watching the show at all to save themselves the trouble of going to the fan forums and [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike bitching about it]].
** It helps that Wang is, himself, a huge ''Franchise/KamenRider'' fan, and in said interview he also points out that "the original Japanese versions will always be there for them to enjoy and, despite what they believe, no one can ever take that away".
* Happens in-universe on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' with Statler & Waldorf, who buy tickets to see the show every week even though they hate it. They even [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this fact in the opening credits.
* In an interview for ''{{Series/Preacher}}'', Joseph Gilgun was asked to address the show's possibly offensive nature towards Christians. Gilgun's response was to say "fuck them" and to not watch the show if they think it won't be nice to their religion.

* "If ya'll don't like my lyrics / You can press fast forward" -{{Music/JayZ}} -'''99 Problems'''
** "Either love me, or leave me alone" - '''Public Service Announcement''', earlier on the album

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* [[http://lileks.com/institute/comicsins/comics/milquetoast/15.html Casper Milquetoast]]: "While wading through the second installment of a tiresome serial, Mr. Milquetoast suddenly realizes that there is no town, state, or federal law compelling him to finish it."

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* While they never said to stop watching, when fans of Ohio Valley Wrestling started complaining after the promotion's women's division went dormant, the response could be paraphrased as "Look at these promotions with nothing but women on their rosters. One of them should hold you over."[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Specific features of video games have this happen to them:
** DownloadableContent. There are good ones, there are bad ones, but everyone seems to forget that they are completely optional purchases. Pointing this out doesn't seem to stop the {{hatedom}}, though.
** Of course, the most common reasons people complain about DLC have nothing to do with the actual quality of the content and everything to do with the facts that it's content that either could have been included in the game but wasn't '''or''' is actually on the disc but you have to pay to unlock (leading to DLC also standing for "Disc-Locked Content"). If you "don't buy", then you're simply ''missing out.''
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' franchise, they have side contests that really don't do that much and only give aesthetic awards that, again, don't do that much. Yeah, they're different than the main gameplay, but that hasn't stopped the [[FanDumb Chicken Littles]] in the fanbase and the HateDumb from screaming "This is gonna suck!" and "See? This is why I quit at Yellow!" respectively. Pointing out that they are completely and entirely avoidable and that you are rarely [[BrokenBridge stopped until you win a contest]] [[note]](''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' roadblocks you to do Pokestar Studios)[[/note]] doesn't really do anything - they ain't listening.
** And Nintendo even put the Super guide in ''New Super Mario Bros. Wii'' and ''Super Mario Galaxy 2''. Even when it was announced, the forums were ''full'' of screaming that it's being dumbed down and that gamers wouldn't even have to look up at Website/GameFAQs. It is completely optional, but even using it becomes an EasyModeMockery and blocks one hundred percent completion. Naturally, they are just complaining that it ''EXISTS'' - it's ''less'' tedious to ''not'' use it because you have to die ''eight times'' before it's offered. Most of the time, you'd run out of lives.
*** There's even an apparent super guide in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time 3D]]'' offering solutions to puzzles for people who have not played the game or any of its hundreds of rereleases and remakes before. In order to view these videos, you have to go back to a gossip stone in Kokiri village or the Temple of Time. It's actually ''less'' tedious to just figure the puzzle out yourself or, since it's for a portable system, go to Website/GameFAQs or load up a video on Website/YouTube showing how it's done.
* Invoked by the developers of ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'', in regards to war crimes committed by the player character (and, by association, the player themselves). The game was deliberately written so that the player stopping the game due to moral objections or disgust at the game's violence was a valid (and the intended) choice, with deliberate hints to stop playing thrown here and there. Continuing on and blaming the developers or outside forces for the player character's actions when the player could have chosen not to participate and perpetrate the violence [[BatmanGambit makes the player exactly like the player character (who invented an imaginary villain and takes to blaming it for his actions)]], which [[YouBastard the game is all too happy to tell the player in the form of fourth-wall-breaking shaming and mockery.]] Of course, some would argue that's easy for the developers to say [[KarmaHoudini when they're not the ones who bought the game for the original $60 price and would like to get their money's worth out of it]] [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption only to be told the best way to play was to give up halfway through]].
** Outside of the work itself, lead writer Walt Williams has been remarkably polite and responsive to criticisms directed towards the game, averting this trope.
* Many people seem to hate the {{MMORPG}} genre as a whole, and then complain on the {{MMORPG}} forums that it's not enough like single-player [=RPGs=], [=FPSes=], platformers, puzzles, multiplayer [=FPSes=], [=MMOFPSes=], etc... Meanwhile, here come games like ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' and ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' and guess what they get criticized about? That's right...for being like an {{MMORPG}}, whereas ironically, the fans of {{MMORPG}}s (yes, they exist) often sneer at games like those for ''not'' being {{MMORPG}} ''enough''.
* The people who've been saying the game was ruined since ''Day two'' of games like ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', and ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' fit this trope. For some odd reason, many of them will complain how it was ruined for ''awhile'', yet have obviously not quit yet -- especially when they claim they have found better games.
* While ''SonicChronicles'' got some positive reviews and people who actually liked it, there were people who, for some ''incredibly odd'' reason, said that the game sucked because it wasn't a platformer. They didn't seem to have been informed that an RPG is ''not'' a platformer, which seemed odd as nearly ''every single'' advertisement was saying, "It's a Sonic RPG" or "It's not a platformer!"
** Similar complaints were given to ''Super Paper Mario'' (people expecting an RPG, and getting a platformer) and ''VideoGame/RabbidsGoHome'' (people expecting a mini-game fest and getting a...well...whatever Rabbids Go Home is). You'd think people would research the game a little before buying.
* Targeted at reviewing websites and magazines who ask reviewers who hate entire genres to review games in that genre. Naturally, some immediately complain in their reviews how it's "just another RPG/FPS/Platformer/Sports game, can I ''please'' play the games in the genre I like NOW?!"
** Justified with ''Game Pro'' given that they were an utter factory of misinformation due to their lack of caring towards [=RPGs=], to the level where they would not even do the research and wind up printing stuff of the CowboyBebopAtHisComputer variety.
** Also targeted (and often justified) at user-reviews in places like Website/GameFAQs. Granted, these are treated as incredibly amateur reviews, especially since one will probably see someone complaining at a game for simply being made by one company in at least one review, or reviews that are probably bordering on the lines of FlameBait or {{Troll}}ing.
* A bizarre twist on this has cropped up among {{MUGEN}} players. As you can add characters to the game's roster, some people have taken to complaining about certain characters. The response has been, to a word, "If you don't like the character, ''don't download it!''"
* For some reason, people love to complain about games that aren't made with ''them'' in mind. This has something to do with the "Entitlement Culture" of gaming that magazines and websites enforce by complaining that they [[ItsPopularNowItSucks don't have enough of what ''they'' want out]].
* Happens on the ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' forums all the time. Generally, it follows a pretty recognizable pattern: First, someone will complain about a play style or technique they don't like and demand that Notch overhaul the game mechanics so that said play style no longer works[[note]]No RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement here; they almost always demand that Notch actually change things to their liking[[/note]]. Then, some people who either use that play style, or have realistic expectations about the amount of attention Notch is paying people who are complaining about how people arrange dirt, come along and invoke this trope, pointing out that in singleplayer games, it's not actually affecting other people, and in multiplayer servers, it's considered bad form to destroy other peoples' creations, so the best they can suggest is finding/creating a server where those playstyles are houseruled out. Sometimes it stops there, but if the original poster and their supporters are feeling ornery, ''they'll'' come back and invoke this trope right back, claiming that if you don't agree with the OP, you don't have any place contributing to the [[strike:circlejerk]] discussion.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', in one argument between Specialist Copeland and TagalongReporter Diana Allers, Copeland will object to an opinion piece advocating abandoning Terra Nova, appalled that Allers would even think of writing something like that despite being on the Normandy, and Allers tells Copeland that if he doesn't like it, he doesn't have to download it. You can choose whom to support in this argument.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' is this trope in spades. Comparisons to the original game are inevitable, but the complaints about how the sequel ruined so many elements that made the first game so great or how the new survivors are not as interesting pop up so much that it makes people wonder why don't the complainers just stick to playing the first game if it's that much better than the sequel rather than keep on playing the sequel and complain about everything all the time.
** Any sequel in general will fall into the trope at some point where fans of the original cry and whine about how inferior the sequel of a game is compared to the first one, yet they still keep playing the game and wonder why people tell them to go back to playing the first game.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has a weird case of the trope in regards to the items bought in the cash shop. Every single item in the cash shop (clothing, mounts, etc) are purely cosmetic and offer nothing to the player other than to give them more variety in their appearance, yet you have swarms of people swearing up and down how Square-Enix is milking people and are pushing the limits to see how much they can get away with before offering things like instant level 60 characters while others are even claiming that the current vanity items are pay to win (despite the fact that said vanity items don't help the player in progression or power). The complaining had caused people who either like the cash shop or don't have any problems with it to lash back by saying the complainers can simply not buy any of the items since you don't lose out for not having something that makes you look different.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* A common reaction to negative comments to musical Website/YouTube videos. "If you hate Artist X so much, don't watch their music videos!" "Don't watch them and then complain about it!"
** Also, Mike Mozart (a product guru who reviews fail toys, but also gives plenty of positive reviews to ''good'' toys) has a warning before some videos, specifically because he didn't wanna see anything in the comments section about how inappropriate the toy is or how he's pointing out what it looks like.
** Also related; you often look like a troll for going onto a video marked "Spoilers" and complaining that it has spoilers. Especially some rather ''obvious'' videos, like, say, the FinalBoss of a video game. It's also the same with spoiler tags in some forums. Really, it's marked "Spoilers", why would you highlight it if you don't want spoilers?
*** It also happens with comments left on a video, where some complain about comments containing spoilers. Nevermind that comments are supposed to be about the content of a video (making spoilers kind of hard to avoid), and that comments can fairly easily be avoided until one has finished watching the video.
* Dana of [[http://reasoningwithvampires.tumblr.com/ Reasoning With Vampires]] (a blog criticizing the {{Twilight}} books) often hears this from irritated Meyers fans [[FanDumb reading her Tumblr]]. She says it right back.
* The phrase is quite common within many art gallery type sites -- although it's used in either fair situations, or it's just a downright excuse from artists trying to shoo off any criticism.
** It also should be noted that there are people who request that you do not give them negative feedback (constructive criticism included, e.g. Things like "you should work on your proportions" or "practice drawing hands more") on any of their works. Sure, the first or second time at a particular subject is okay, but if you're wanting to actually develop artistically, you have to be able to learn from negative critiques and comments (not as much as flaming though) as much as you can. (Sincere artists have learned to accept this.) It's important to note that this started to punish ''Destructive'' criticism. (See below.)
*** And to give constructive criticism, simply being told "Don't draw anime or write fanfiction" ''really'' isn't very constructive in terms of criticism. It doesn't matter if you don't like Anime art or fanfiction stories -- we want to know if we drew it or ''wrote'' it good. If you're mocking it in the comments (ie, finding a grammatical mistake and cracking jokes about how bad it is) or pulling the "This is not TrueArt because TrueArt is..." cards, we won't take you as anything but a {{Troll}} or a part of HateDumb.
*** Which is also bad advice because the only way to perfect your craft is to practice it. Anime style still requires you to have a basic understanding of art elements, and fanfic writing still requires you to have basic writing skills. Copying other styles is how you find your own so you can find your limitations and strengths to grow.
* Some forums can be ''quite bad'' about it. Some people who never liked ''*Insert production here*'' in the first place will somehow post in ''every single thread'' related to them. Mention ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' in any way and you'll surely get a lot of people coming in and bashing you.
* There is an author of NSFW fiction named Nick Scipio who is probably the best writer in the genre, having the rare ability to do justice to both the "sex" part ''and'' the "story" part of a sex story; his ''Summer Camp'' is a million-plus-word epic that is perhaps best equated to an X-rated drama version of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. He's also thin-skinned, and gives out this phrase to anyone who complains about his work. (The fact that he's developed a case of both CerebusSyndrome ''and'' ScheduleSlip isn't helping matters. Some readers are complaining that their EscapistCharacter hero has started turning into a douchebag, as is appropriate for a ComingOfAgeStory hero with a genuine character arc; others have bonded with him and want to know the ending, warts and all. ''Both'' types get the GTFO if they complain too much.)
* ''{{Newgrounds}}'' had some of this stuff happen; mostly it was because Trolls were going into parodies, complaining about it being a parody (of something they don't like), or complaining that it's using sprites, and trashing the video on the ''basis'' of using sprites. Or going into hentai / X-rated videos and downrating them for being ''X-rated''.
* WebVideo/MirandaSings tells this to her "Haters"..
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiEIc-U13pE This]] episode of ''MrDeity'' ends with a [[PleaseSubscribeToOurChannel begging segment]] explaining that if you hate the show, loathe the begging segments, and are still watching anyway, there are trained psychiatric professionals who can help you.
* On WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd website, people frequently come into unrelated videos (such as "Board James") and bash them because they aren't AVGN. This usually has at least one or two comments saying "Just don't watch the non AVGN-videos."
* Likewise, [[WebVideo/{{Jimquisition}} Jim Sterling]] tells the UnpleasableFanbase of ''Zelda'' to can it, due to complaints of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' [[ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch being shit despite not even being out yet at the time of the video]], and more complaints about how ThatOneLevel from ''Ocarina of Time'' was ''FIXED'' in the 3DS version. He says that if you really did like the Water Temple level from Ocarina of Time so much, that you should just get a [[UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube GameCube]] with Master Quest, download it off the Virtual Console, break out your N64, and ''play THAT'' since the Water Temple fix was not being forced on the consumers at all. And he also says that if they thought ''Skyward Sword'' was shit before even knowing about it, ''just don't buy it''.
* A web series based on the sequel for ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' is constantly harped on for being "bad", yet most of the people who are complaining about the quality of the series keep watching every new episode that is released just so they can justify their constant complaining.
* Greg Farshtey, writer of Franchise/{{LEGO}}'s now canceled ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' line, has offered this suggestion on the Website/BZPower forums once, with regards to his online serials that have gotten mixed reactions.
* Deconstructed by WebVideo/{{PIEGUYRULZ}} in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiGMXlyEtaA 6 Reasons Why the "Don't Like, Don't Watch" Argument is Hilariously Idiotic]].
* Many ''Website/GoAnimate'' videos will have videos or descriptions proclaiming that one should "respect [their] opinions", essentially saying if they complain about how the video is done, then they are "baby show lovers".

* Webcomic creators in general are the writers most able to justify this response, due to two things - their works being incremental, so you can simply stop reading at any point, and their being completely free so that you haven't actually wasted any money on something you don't like.
* The Webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Concerned}}'' lampshades the second case. Gordon Frohman is in the world of ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}'', and the players complain about all sorts of stuff promised to them.
--> '''Frohman''': So, let me get this straight. You basically complain about every single aspect of this game. Yet you've been playing it over and over since 1999.\\
'''Terrorist:''' Yes! So I complain on [[RougeAnglesOfSatin teh]] Steam forums every day.
* A mild example: Jeffrey Darlington, creator of ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'', has been known to advise complainers to take a vacation from the comic until after however many months. Basically, don't read the current arc, but come back when it's over.
* There is a comic drawing contest called the Daily Grind. The rules are simple. Post a 2+ panel comic each day, Mon-Fri and never miss a day. Each person put in twenty bucks when the contest started and the artist who goes the longest without missing an update wins. The winner takes the entire pot. The basic concept behind this contest was to provide an incentive for people to post regularly, and thus draw more frequently and improve their skills. Despite "improving your skills!" being the primary purpose of the contest, many of the lower quality comic strips were blatantly attacked for being low quality by people attempting to shame them into dropping out and letting somebody who "deserves" to win continue. The entire Daily Grind community would invariably all join forces to yell this trope at them.
* Creator/AndrewHussie of ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' has responded to people not liking ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks because it is not like]] ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' [[http://www.formspring.me/andrewhussie/q/781027547 with]] [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?32178-Anyone-else-think-Hussie-should-cut-down-on-the-Pesterlogs-a-bit&p=4125631&viewfull=1#post4125631 several]] [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?29915-Pester-Chum-s-are-too-long!!&p=3857423&viewfull=1#post3857423 essays']] [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?29915-Pester-Chum-s-are-too-long!!&p=3859169&viewfull=1#post3859169 worth]] [[http://www.formspring.me/andrewhussie/q/750738682 of]] [[http://www.formspring.me/andrewhussie/q/780995992 rant]] [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?29915-Pester-Chum-s-are-too-long!!&p=3859225&viewfull=1#post3859225 that]] [[http://www.formspring.me/andrewhussie/q/1158778979 all]] [[http://www.formspring.me/andrewhussie/q/1093953142 boil]] [[http://www.formspring.me/andrewhussie/q/1093935286 down]] [[http://www.formspring.me/andrewhussie/q/1001292582 to]] "I'm doing it the way I want. If you don't like Homestuck, don't read it." "Go read Problem Sleuth" has become a stock fan response to complaints, which apparently implies that [[DoubleStandard the fans are all incredibly dogmatic]].
** This becomes a beautiful form of {{Irony}} as most of Act 6 is considered to be at the best PanderingToTheBase, with brand new trolls and fandom avatar characters, and at the worst BitingTheHandHumor via TakeThatAudience, as most of the new trolls are archetypes of his fans and most of them are designed to be a group of unlikable assholes.
* Gets said almost daily to one ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' troll/hater or another on the [[InsistentTerminology fora]].
* In the first ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' compilation book, one of Piro's commentaries mentions that after an early strip that broke away from the gag-a-day norm for the sake of the story, a reader said that he would stop reading if Piro did something like that again. The author's response was basically, "go ahead, I'm not forcing you to read it."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The episode "Boys Do Cry" of WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy ends with Peter Griffin giving a TakeThat to MoralGuardians which takes this form.
* The episode of ''{{Sealab 2021}}'' that introduces Shanks had him note that if the crew (and by extension the audience) didn't like that he was replacing the much beloved Captain Murphy, they can go watch anime instead.