Ha! No need to say "oops". :)
I think you, I and the vast majority of people just don't have any emotional attachment to the book.
For us, it was just an OK read. Not bad. Not good. Frankly, I probably would not have read it if it was not for the Oprah buzz on one side and the extreme hate from the other.
For one very specific set of people, it was a life changing book. So they are emotionally invested.
For others, the PCT was a life changing event..or the long trails in general. Much like Saul on the way to Damascus, their journey on the XYZ Trail became a conversion. And like the Wild-fans, they are very zealous about any impact on the One Truth Faith. For one, it was a book. For another, it was spending 4-6 months of their life walking.
My long trail hiking experiences were life changing for me. It is why I moved to Colorado and part of the why I have a website.
OTOH, my identity is not tied into the long trails at this point in my life. I am an outdoor person more than a long trail hiker, a husband, a friend, a pretty good cook, a loving son, a brother, a person who love's craft beer.....having hiked the long trails is far down the list of my identities at this point. It is part of who I am. It is NOT who I am. Any more than working in IT for 15+ years is who I am...
So for me, personally, to get angry and upset over a book, and the people who have hiked because of the book or movie, would be silly.
As mentioned, I'll do my best to educate people in my own small way. But, I've always loved to help people.
OTOH, I think for many people who have a life outside of the long trails (the vast majority of us), it is just another book or trend that will pass. A "meh" moment as we go back to being outdoors people, spouses, friends and pretty good cooks.
And if the PCT is too crowded for someone? As I said before, do something different. The 2004 or 2008 trail is less crowded than the 2015 trail..but the 2004 or 2008 trails with its water caches, trail angels, ample guide books, maps and websites is more mellow and easier than the 1995 trail when Strayed hiked it, too. You have to take the trails for what they are..not what you want them to be.