When I was young, The only people I knew who listened to country music was my family and me.My family got it from living in Kentucky I guess and even though I was born and grew up in a city, far from the south, I loved country music. If you think people put it down now, you should have seen how others put in down, back when Tanya Tucker,George Jones,Merle Haggard and other country artists like this were going strong! Most everyone thought that people who sang/listened to country were hicks! Where I lived in the city anyway! You were always having to defend it! On the other hand, now that people who used to put it down(pop artists, rock artist) are now singing country music, and it does not sound country anymore, So people who've always loved and defended it are now getting upset because, they think country music, should sound country! If it doesn't sound country, they need to change the name of it, at least then, we wouldn't be expecting to hear country music when we tune in to CMT etc... So these are just two reasons why some people don't like country music!
Life long country music fan!