(Search function is still down, so I can't search for similar threads right now.) I've always been somewhat conscious, though not overly sensitive, to people who jokingly (or not) make generalizations such as: "oh, pffttt, what the hell does the bassist do?" "Pffft, bassists are worthless, they don't contribute anything at all." "Who cares about the Bassist? They don't solo or do anything flashy or anything. They're just background noise for the singer and the lead gu*tar guy." Now, I don't take serious offense to any of these statements, it's just that whenever I try to calmly dispel these myths or try to reason with these folks, it's usually not taken seriously or is greeted with many "yeah yeah yeah"s and "whatever"s. I'm always tempted to tell them that I can probably play the Bass better than most of these guys can play their gu*tars, but I stop just short of that, usually. How do you deal with this situation? Do you just shake your head and walk away?