A relevent quip from a conversation in the novel The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace:
RICK: You’re being cruel, Jay. Go back to blatant bullshit. I vastly prefer blatent bullshit to overt cruelty.
JAY: You know, Olaf Blentner once said to me, over tea, that when reailty is unpleasant, realists tend to be unpopular.