Let’s be honest: the vitriol spewed at Nickelback is far, far out of proportion for what they do. So what is it about them that attracts such venom? For the answer, let’s go to NPR:
Andy S. writes via email: “Why do certain bands get singled out for seemingly out-of-proportion online hate? (See: Nickelback.)”
Looking beyond bands for a moment, it’s hard to pin down the exact cocktail of emotions that harden to form online hatred: There might be resentment, fatigue from overexposure, sincere fundamental dislike, allegiance to a rival, and/or strong emotions tied to differences in politics, tastes, identity, cultural association, and so on. And many of those are perfectly viable, valid, understandable feelings: Not all hatred falls into categories that can be brushed off with dismissals of the haters-gonna-hate/you’re-all-just-jealous variety.
Read the rest of the answer here.