Hyperbole is often used on both sides. I haven't seen an instance of that where I believed that the person was serious. Same with all the, "If you curate even one race you are a fascist authoritarian dictator who just wants to assert his dominance" posts.
Then why is the cantina effect even mentioned in connection with player requests? Why is that always the conclusion?
No, I think that this thread has been rife with that. It’s literally the concern many have expressed.
I’ve had to clarify my stance repeatedly as not being against curation but against DM as sole authority. Others have as well.
People aren’t even seeing that as the argument. At times it seems like people can’t even get away from the “curated list vs. cantina” dichotomy.
I have posted several times “I’m not against curating playable races, I just don’t like the DM as sole authority” and responses to that have at times been “Well I like curated lists, if you want to allow every playable race you go ahead.”
So no, I don’t think it’s been mostly hyperbole.
Edited to add: see the example that follows.