You’re right. Everyone affected has the right to speak out.
And I could be wrong but I think what Meaghan Ward is talking about mostly are those who are railing against those who write other things besides poetry. Because I’ve seen a lot of hate and vitriol spewed.
I write poetry here. I also write self help, productivity, business, feminism, sex, etc. AND I have an anonymous account for naughtier sex blogging. That account does better than this one. But I work my ass off for it.
In the end, medium is going to do what they are going to do and we have to roll with the changes and adapt. We can say what we want and maybe something will change. Maybe it won’t.
But at the end of the day we can’t attack other writers simply because they choose to write.