Anon, believe me when I say I want to like Ryan very very much. I totally respect everything he’s done for Chris, and I love that he’s very protective and very much a fan of Chris. Since I tend to judge all other celebrities based on how they feel about Chris Colfer (and how much Chris likes them), Ryan Murphy really should be one of my favorite people ever.
I can’t speak for all of Chris’ fans, but to be quite honest, I *do* actually like Ryan. Most of the time. He’s a really creative guy, he’s got a lot of great energy, and he’s fantastic at conceptualizing and building casts for really good television shows. But, then he gets bored and moves on to something else, and the overall quality of his older projects tends to suffer from his lack of complete involvement. It’s kind of heartbreaking as a fan — and probably a bit disconcerting if you’re an actor on one of those projects.
And (like many many others in show business), he tends to run his mouth a bit and show himself off as an inconsistent egomaniac at times and I find it a bit off-putting personally.
But I think the biggest point of contention re. Ryan Murphy among Chris Stans specifically probably stemmed from last summer’s “twittergate” fiasco when some of Ryan’s statements sounded a bit like he was throwing Chris under a bus to appease the media’s anger with himself for being a trolly douchebag (12 hours before Chris got nominated for an Emmy). The followup articles actually clarified the quotes and RM actually sounded a bit more protective of Chris and the other cast members, but there was a lot of bitterness in the fandom from that point on.
And Kurt’s storyline last season really didn’t endear any of the Glee producers/writers to the Colfer fandom much at all.