But my point was that some of the things you mentioned have an element of truth in them regarding RU. In this hypothetical situation this is partly down to the perception of RU, but partly this is down to RU itself. Had this article been written about RU I would hope that rather than dismissing it, an attempt would be made to address 1. why this is the perception and 2. how this could be changed.
Whether its right or wrong this type of article is damaging to the sport of RL and the best course of action would be to have a look at how RL is perceived from the outside and address any issues. I understand the defensive reaction and the siege mentality, but by ignoring or dismissing any criticism and failing to ask why there is this view RL is doing itself no favours at all.
Who is arguing that there should be no criticism of RL? Not on here that's for sure.
Valid opinion pieces about RL are welcome, whether the writer is a fan or not. Criticising the fans dress sense or calling the event a moonie wedding is pathetic however.
I am not sensitive to people's opinion on RL, I don't give a monkeys if someone doesn't like it, so I aren't coming from a 'don't dare criticise RL' mindset.
I just think that this piece is puerile trash and don't see why we should apologise if some people get upset about it.