I’d rather they just not say anything. When groups like these who make or produce so much experimental or weird stuff you wouldn’t see from most others (ie [adult swim]'s entire history of animation and live action TV, ect) respond to criticism, they sort of do a disservice to the work. A lot of this stuff should be judged as it is because of the outsider nature of it all. The appeal of works like NOT A HERO, Broforce, 12 oz mouse, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and all other such weird pieces of media is that they’re wildly different, both in good and bad ways, and part of the fun is experiencing that and drawing your own conclusion, be it positive or negative.
When you show you care about the opinions of others or respective prestige, you depower everything you’ve done. Suddenly, you have to defend the choices you made, good and bad, and a lot of people who make or produce these works are TERRIBLE at that (see Lazzo’s women writer opinions). It’s ALWAYS the publisher or the producer doing this too, the people who don’t actually make the creative decisions.
Basically, what I’m saying is that outsider stuff should just continue being what it is, and we respond to it however we wish. The idea is these works stand entirely on their own and these groups help get them made, but when they start treating this stuff as their own brand they can capitalize on, they missed the point of helping make this stuff possible in the first place.
I’m a bit rambly about all this, but I just really value stuff that pushes boundaries, but I hate it when creators or producers get defensive about their decisions on these works. Just own it and accept the consequences, or listen in silence and learn how to improve next time.