For real tho, at this point i think Oda can write any surprise he wants, even if it's completely out of nowhere (which wasn't the case here) and breaks the entire world he built over the years and the fanbase will still call him GODA for it
He has seen many generations of fans. I even met few 50+ years old fans. It's been very long time.
Tbh This sorta flaming won't work with big mangaka. More over, every one hooked on his story way deeper. There is no other great manga out there which these 'critics' can rub in his face. Especially in last 10 years.
I was planning to write huge post in reply to yours. But for some reason, half way through, unnatural calm took over my thoughts.