Here's some preemptive defensiveness from Byrne regarding an upcoming Next Men cover:
"-- now if we can just keep the minibrains from declaring this minimalist approach to be "cheap looking" and "unfinished". Perhaps even their perennial favorite, "rushed"!
(BTW -- you WILL see ALL of those a few times, from the parrots.)"
How about "drab?"
Again we see him using "minibrains" (That one and "exploding head" appear to be his favorite sayings.) thus implying that anyone of average intelligence or above HAS to like his cover.
LOL! Is the word minibrains REALLY a word that requires an implication? Sounds pretty straightforward to me & very accurate when describing certain detractors.
By the way...I do think that your terminology (re: preemptive defensiveness) is spot on. Unfortunately for you, you just proved why JB does this sometimes. I imagine you're quite proud of yourself, too.