I get what you're saying here, and agree with you and the others in the thread in general. However, it does seem that more people have an immediate, visceral, dislike of heavy or progressive rock compared to other non-pop genres. Mostly, thinking of rap/hip-hop. Saying that you like that also doesn't elicit the same "huh, why would you listen to that?" reaction from people who don't know much about the genre. This is nothing scientific, just anecdotal. Agreed with others though, let people have their opinions. I just think that you should be allowed to defend yours, too.