Like, why are some movies called “Oscar bait”? Is it a sin want to do the dog show to get the highest award in your industry? Does anyone call Tom Daley’s Olympic dives “10 bait?” No, dude’s kicking up his game like a Highlander to get The Prize.
And folks do the same thing about money and artistic merit. Like, “it’s just a self-indulgent art film” or “they just made this one for the money.” Really?
Is the only noble goal for making something making you happy? Is the only worthy endeavor of others to spend millions of dollars and months of work, forgoing recognition, money, and self-fulfillment, to make a movie that you, personally like?