To quote John C. McGinley: "Excuses are like assholes, everybody's got one""excuse" I often see people use the negative connotation of this word exclusively, which leads to valid excuses being conflated as negative. I've been in conversations where I'd say "person X had a valid excuse for doing Y thing because reasons" and the other person would say "well they're still just making excuses so they're still wrong."
and if the gate is made from cryptocrystalline silica, chiefly chalcedony, alternating with microgranular quartz, it'd be agate-gate-gate-gate. Anytime something happens it's something-gate. A games journalist gets a blow job? Gamer-gate. Trump gives some ladies an alternative handshake? Pussy-gate. Comic book faggotry? Comics-gate. I drop my beer? Spill-gate. Someone rear ends me in traffic? Whiplash-gate. We just need someone to get stuck in a gate or something and we'll have Gate-gate.
+1 for this“Trolls.” If you want to spin an asshole as the hero of the story, just describe all their critics as trolls.