Don't Like, Don't Read

— Part of a particularly angry and long-winded author's note about the negative reviews skewed towards the infamous Legend of Zelda Fan Fic My Inner Life

A storied phrase that's become popular with Internet fandoms. It appears most popularly as a generic way to bash those who start complaining about something they don't like. 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 you'd want to, sometimes). Would they prefer 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 So Bad, It's Good. 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 YouTubers.

But sometimes this argument is valid. If a story is a Dark Fic 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  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 

Furthermore, authors, and producers of entertainment content in general, must also deal with that wonderful trait called Fan Dumb. 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 not where the writer wants to go. When beleaguered with such requests for Character Derailment, 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, 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 "I Suck at Summaries", they generally don't have any right to complain and this argument is completely invalid.

See Let's See You Do Better and You're Just Jealous for the complete trifecta of stock generic excuses to bad writing.

Note: Like any other example list, try to avoid Take Thats and Complaining About Shows You Don't Like. Also, please keep in mind this is about fiction, not any rebuff of criticism.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Book Girl; 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 Bleach, tweeted in early 2010, in response to criticism, that:
    "Sometimes some 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.

    Comic Books 
  • There's a peculiar phenomenon amongst readers of comics, especially mainstream titles such as those published by Marvel or DC, 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 One More Day 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 Joe Quesada 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 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.

    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, 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.
  • Hans Von Hozel used this in his NUMB3RS fic when he rehosted it (it had been reported and deleted).
  • On Fanfiction Dot Net and other sites, pairings are often labelled. So if you're, say, a Kim Possible fan who is enraged by the thought of the teen heroine in a lesbian relationship with her nemesis, then why are you even reading that pairing?
    • At Archive of Our Own, 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 (notably Harry/Hermione shippers) were almost forced to put this at the head of every fanfic to ward off the "But it ended Ron/Hermione and Harry/Ginny" comments.
  • My Inner Life. The Author's Note was basically a long-winded Author Tract 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 Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! pages.
  • The fictional fanfic authors included in Bleach Fan Works do this quite often. Jolene Meyers possibly has the most succinct example.
    Jolene Meyers: If you don't like my character, then fucking don't read.
  • As mentioned in Web Comics 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, you have to wonder why they're still reading.


  • Laurell K. Hamilton's Dear Negative Reader letter to fans of her Anita Blake series, who complained of increasing Sue-ishness of the title character and emphasis on IKEA Erotica over an actual plot.
  • Terry Goodkind, when talking about people who didn't enjoy 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.
  • Twilight fans tend to use this excuse when dealing with the series' hatedom. It never works. Partially because 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."
  • Anti-Shur'tugal (an anti-fansite for Inheritance Cycle, now defunct) was founded reportedly because certain individuals received this (and the other two Stock Phrases in the Holy Trinity along with forum bans and death threats) every time they'd post something critical on an Inheritance fansite.
    • Its Spiritual Successor,, has also received a number of ugly comments along the lines of this trope when it was critical of Twilight or Inheritance Cycle. It also accidentally attracted the author of Bitterwood.
  • J. K. Rowling explained in an interview that she has told at least one person, who did not react well to a certain character's death in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, not to read the rest of the books. Given the 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 Slash Fic became prominent, anyone who protested was often told "IDIC", i.e., the universe is made up of an infinite number of very different factors, so let be.

    Live Action TV 
  • Has been heard like a mantra on Doctor Who 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.
  • Jersey Shore (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.
  • iCarly: Seddie is Seddie, Creddie is Creddie, and 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 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 Battlestar Galactica (2003) series premiere, Edward Olmos was asked about the reaction of Battlestar Galactica (1978) 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 complaints from 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 just to see why Olmos thought they would hate it.
  • In a pre-series interview, Kamen Rider Dragon Knight's producer Steve Wang commented on fans who 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 bitching about it.
    • It helps that Wang is, himself, a huge Kamen Rider 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 The Muppet Show with Statler & Waldorf, who buy tickets to see the show every week even though they hate it. They even lampshade this fact in the opening credits.
  • In an interview for 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" -JayZ -99 Problems
    • "Either love me, or leave me alone" - Public Service Announcement, earlier on the album

    Newspaper Comics 
  • 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."

    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."

    Video Games 
  • Specific features of video games have this happen to them:
    • Downloadable Content. 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 Pokémon 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 Chicken Littles in the fanbase and the Hate Dumb 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 stopped until you win a contest 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 GameFAQs. It is completely optional, but even using it becomes an Easy-Mode Mockery 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 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 GameFAQs or load up a video on YouTube showing how it's done.
  • Invoked by the developers of Spec Ops: The Line, 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 makes the player exactly like the player character (who invented an imaginary villain and takes to blaming it for his actions), which 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 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 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 World of Warcraft and Guild Wars and guess what they get criticized about? That's right...for being like an MMORPG, whereas ironically, the fans of MMORPGs (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 Final Fantasy XI, World of Warcraft, City of Heroes, Guild Wars, and 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 Sonic Chronicles 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 Rabbids Go Home (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 Cowboy BeBop at His Computer variety.
    • Also targeted (and often justified) at user-reviews in places like 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 Flame Bait or Trolling.
  • A bizarre twist on this has cropped up among M.U.G.E.N 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 don't have enough of what ''they'' want out.
  • Happens on the 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 worksnote . 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 circlejerk discussion.
  • In Mass Effect 3, in one argument between Specialist Copeland and Tagalong Reporter 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.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 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.
  • Final Fantasy XIV 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.

    Web Original 
  • A common reaction to negative comments to musical 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 Final Boss 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 Reasoning With Vampires (a blog criticizing the Twilight books) often hears this from irritated Meyers fans 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 True Art because True Art is..." cards, we won't take you as anything but a Troll or a part of Hate Dumb.
      • 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 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 How I Met Your Mother. 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 Cerebus Syndrome and Schedule Slip isn't helping matters. Some readers are complaining that their Escapist Character hero has started turning into a douchebag, as is appropriate for a Coming-of-Age Story 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.
  • Miranda Sings tells this to her "Haters"..
  • This episode of Mr Deity ends with a 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 The Angry Video Game Nerd 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, Jim Sterling tells the Unpleasable Fanbase of Zelda to can it, due to complaints of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword being shit despite not even being out yet at the time of the video, and more complaints about how That One Level 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 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 PAYDAY The Heist 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 LEGO's now canceled BIONICLE line, has offered this suggestion on the BZ Power forums once, with regards to his online serials that have gotten mixed reactions.
  • Deconstructed by PIEGUYRULZ in 6 Reasons Why the "Don't Like, Don't Watch" Argument is Hilariously Idiotic.
  • Many 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 Concerned lampshades the second case. Gordon Frohman is in the world of 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 teh Steam forums every day.
  • A mild example: Jeffrey Darlington, creator of General Protection Fault, 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.
  • Andrew Hussie of MS Paint Adventures has responded to people not liking Homestuck because it is not like Problem Sleuth with several essays' worth of rant that all boil down 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 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 Pandering to the Base, with brand new trolls and fandom avatar characters, and at the worst Biting-the-Hand Humor via Take That, Audience!, 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 XKCD troll/hater or another on the fora.
  • In the first 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."

    Western Animation 
  • The episode "Boys Do Cry" of Family Guy ends with Peter Griffin giving a Take That! to Moral Guardians 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.