The difference you're forgetting is that Star Rats is actually designed well and, despite being "cute", is a risk because only ramy cute ever truly wins here, and because it's not backed up by the most ludicrously overdone and yet still mindlessly popular reference EVER.
I'm not "forgetting" anything. I'm just saying people have a blind spot sometimes when they're voting--it's one of the big problems with this whole pure democracy thing in the first place, as you well know. For example, myself, I know if a design has a weakness/love of mine (oh, I don't know, let's say pizza) I have to force myself to think about the quality of the design and any potential weaknesses before I automatically think "Our Movie Genre, awesome!"
She referenced a fb group about rats. Obviously, she _really_ likes rats, so yes I can see how it could supercede the IP issue you mentioned.
The criticism you referenced in your post--bassanimation critiquing talented designers--was extremely, EXTREMELY mild criticism. Along the lines of "I can see how other people would like this, but it's not for me." It was absolutely nothing like, say, the criticism you employ against people you dislike, which is generally quite mean-spirited. If I missed harsher criticism on her part, please link me and I'll consider changing my mind.
When you rag on someone like ramy or seki, I generally just let it go in all but the most egregious instances since they're woot heavies--they've generated many thousands of dollars in sales between them--and there's quite a few of my own issues I have with them, but bassanimation? It's like stomping on a bunny, dude, it's just overkill (I know, I know, insert joke about anime bunnies here).
Ramy, apologies for the complete derailment of your shirt thread (although, hey, I'm sure you're probably kind of used to it by now ).