(idea by lonespark, written by chris the cynic)
First off, sorry lonespark, you suggested this AGES ago and I never got around to posting it.
Second, the prompt itself:
All fiction is problematic but that doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t enjoy it or that every time someone says there’s a problem in a certain work of fiction the work of fiction has the problem in question. So you get people defending fiction against claims it has problems. So far so good. Some such defenses are bullshit. Some such defenses are frequently used or excessively annoying/offensive/assholic bullshit that really needs to stop for all time. This thread is for talking about those.
For those who want an example, historical accuracy as a defense in fantastical settings was the one Lonespark gave. Thus:
P: This work is painfully lacking in diversity.
A: That’s because it’s historical that only white people were around in Europe at that time.
P: Ok: a) That’s not true. b) It has dragons in it.
A: But historical accuracy–
So, you know, what are some excuses you want to see less of?
[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]