Stigma? Anyone that knocks the 22LR just doesn't get it, it's not even worth trying to explain to them. It's like a stage in life you either get it or not.
And anyone that doesn't have found memories of shooting a 22LR some time in their lives is sadly deprived imo. Some of my best memories are shooting 22LR with my grandfather.
Shooting for tiny groups or long distances with a 22LR is challenging and fun! (not to mention cheap)
People see my heavily modded Marlin 795 and say, Wow!
And if anyone ever did knock it I would have them shoot it...