Because in the media world it apparently was uncool to be a Creed fan. That's the crap they spewed forth all the time while Creed was big. They ripped the band and its fans on a regular basis. No surprise there.
Hmmm, I would consider myself a metal head, so I don't see a problem with that statement. If that's who showed up, great! Actually, the crowds I saw at the shows I attended were pretty diverse. There were so-called metal heads right up to soccer moms. I thought that was pretty cool.
Why? I say right on to that. Who gives a crap what other people think? If you like a band, you like a band, end of story. So yeah, fuck 'em