Bass players are often denigrated not only by the other band members, but by many in the audience. On one level, this is easy to understand. Bassists just don’t look like they’re working that hard, and in bands that don’t have someone playing the tambourine, that can stand out.
Bass players are controlling a mighty power. A power that should be respected even if they are incompetent. Especially then, just as you would with a gun in the hands of a toddler. Ridiculing the little tyke would be very disrespectful of the power, and we advise against it. Bass players are no different.