In all fandoms we talk about no ship or kink shaming.
But let’s talk briefly about something more unique to transformers and other long-standing franchises Marvel, DC, or Star Trek fans may understand: continuity shaming; I’m going to encourage that we don’t do that.
Right now the transformers franchise is about to launch a new movie. I acknowledge that not every fan likes the live-action series, known as Bayverse or Tyran, but let’s acknowledge that there are some fans who do like it. This is their g1, or how they got into the franchise.
Let’s not tell others what is and isn’t necessary, or make them feel guilty for looking forward to a new addition to a series they enjoy. If you don’t want to see it, then don’t.
HOWEVER, I would also like to remind transformer fans that right now the live-action movies ARE the breadwinners of the entire franchise. Before the first movie was released in 2007 the transformers franchised was on its death-bed, something Star Trek fans (which I am one) had to face as well. Each subsequent series pretty much bad for newer media like Transformers Animated, Transformers Prime, Transformers IDW comic series, and RID.
Supporting the mainstream series like the live-action movies WILL keep Transformers growing as a franchise; bringing in not just new money, but new fans. How many of us became fans because of TFA, TFP, IDW, RID, or really just sunk our teeth in because of any of those? Long-lasting franchises like TF will only endure if there is new money, and new money only comes from new fans.
My point is: If you don’t like the Bayverse movies, don’t watch. But let those who do like it enjoy it. Don’t tell us that we don’t need it, because my calendar is set and I’ve got a date with many of my friends to go see The Last Knight. If you can at least tolerate it, then go support the movie so we get subjectively “better” content in other media. Otherwise, kindly shut up and stop raining on our parade.