This is a daily event at Reddit: the dominant herd-mind dislikes any idea which is not mentally and morally convenient. It acts as a mob to downvote, report, and otherwise obscure or vandalize those ideas. Reddit is a circle-jerk of people in denial of reality, and they hate it when any realistic or actual data intervenes.
A recent /r/AskReddit thread identified this problem, which many users seem worried about:
As Reddit continues down the path of censorship and groupthink, the power users are going elsewhere, despite having fled to Reddit to get away from the insane bovine circular discussions at Facebook and Twitter.