And they were hated by everyone.
In 2023, the only people who care about producers being musicians on the records they produced, being successful at it, and becoming household names are the crusty folk stuck in the "credible music press" mindset of small man leather jacket bald head journalism. In the 1980/90s it must have kept a lot of journalists awake at night seething. I can understand why SAW were hated. And also, Pete's ego, story embellishments and obvious chip on his shoulder also likely rubbed people up the wrong way.
And they were #1 on the Indie Charts all the time. That would have been the salt in the wound.