It's been fun discussing things I dislike which are popular and/or generally revered, and hearing the dislikes of other ADISCers in the 'Popular things...' thread, so I thought I'd do one on the flipside. What are some generally unpopular or much-maligned things you have a soft spot for? Here are a few of mine...
Olive Garden - I remain baffled by how my American friends seem to criticise Olive Garden when the issue of restaurants comes up. It even gets labeled out for special criticism on sites like Cracked, but on the 3 or 4 occasions I've been to Olive Garden, I liked it.
The food was pretty tasty. The portions were decent. It was good value for money, and the service was prompt and friendly. Obviously it's not authentically Italian in any sense, but I think it's pretty good, especially as chain restaurants go.
Kristen Stewart - Yes, she cheated on her boyfriend with a married man. I agree that's totally wrong and callous. However, K-Stew seems to get a lot of hate for other reasons, many of which are ill deserved. She's genuinely a talented actress, which you can see from her engaging performances in Adventureland and Into the Wild, and she even made the otherwise abysmal The Cake Eaters watchable.
I also like that she comes across as shy, deadpan and awkward in interviews, and isn't just another polished, stage-managed Hollywood star.
Whitney - Likeable, engaging and fun, if slightly bland sitcom written by and starring Whitney Cummings. Got an immense amount of flak from critics and didn't last beyond two seasons, but I found it to be a warm and likeable sitcom with a handful of genuinely really funny moments. The hate it got really confused me.