Yes they would. But I wouldn't care. Sometimes we forget those basic lessons in morality we got in kindergarten, but sometimes they're the most important to keep in mind.
And I think that even humoring people who would make arguments for the type of behavior exalted in the Transformers movies and in similar media is just not an option. I think that's why I do it. I joke about being entertained, but I really keep going back because, a even if I don't change anything, I think there needs to be at least one voice saying "No, it's not okay."
I think we need movies shining a light on how ugly this is. How we've twisted moral relativism into the exact opposite of what it's supposed to be, how truly damaging this mindset is. No one's changing their opinions over the big dumb blockbusters that have their head so far up their ass they don't even know what they're saying (Michael Bay and the writers have all been democrats), but it is having a harmful effect by not shooting down such moronic ideologies and blind hero worship to begin with.
Besides, these movies are (ostensibly) for kids, right? Parents take them, at least? How much more positive and impactful would it be in a child's mind if Optimus Prime was actually disgusted by the idea of hurting others for catharsis, and consistently did the right thing, even if it was the harder way to go? What if we had movies that valued self discipline and reminded us that, "Yes, these are bad people, but bad people are people two,"?
And you've got to pretend that both sides are valid. That what everything they say has a standing, and that they're not spewing something akin to hate speech. I know they're fictional characters, but fiction has implications, and you saying you support a fictional character's actions has tangible, real world implications.
I mean... These people who buy into this reactionary revenge fantasy BS are gonna start voting, eventually. That's scary.
And yes, I'm aware that making friends is an important part of the film industry. I can very easily make myself the most sane person in the room. I have no delusions of auteurism, and my only guiding philosophy is to make it work, because anything can. If I ever built up any clout though (and I mean WHATSOEVER), I will go full Kubrick immediately.
See, selling myself is one of the things I'm best at. Combine that with genuine expertise and watch out.
But I am an armchair expert in the worst way. I've spent years absorbing film theory, screenwriting rules and formatting, tricks I've learned on the Internet, and my only actual practice has been with stop motions.
But I just have a drive. I need to do something with film. Even if I'm just a key grip or an assistant, I just need to.
Just joking. Man, how's film school? I'm nearing the point where I need to decide if I'm gonna blow a whole bunch of money on that or if I'm gonna need to blow all that money on a bunch of "Trial and error" (shitty short films seen by a few thousand at best on Youtube).
You're a teacher now? "Professor SMOG?" I like that.
You need to flaunt that. Tell people you have a degree in telling them that the Transformers movies suck. Watch them tell you that there's no real expertise on the subject of film; what the movie forum has taught me is that narrative craft is a myth!