which would create confusion
They were always relevant.
It wasn't motivated entirely by the money. Again: they were thinking at it halfway through. The money were only the final catalyst.
Rowling declared that Dumbledore is a gay years after the last book got released. I fully agree that she did so to stay relevant but you forget one crucial thing: Harry Potter is everything for Rowling.
The TF movies are nothing for Hasbro. Look at how many tf franchises are running in the same time: Travisverse, Cyberverse, WfC, IDW, Aligned, all going well with their respective targeted audiences. Do you really think that Transformers is "irrelevant" nowadays? No. It is the robot franchise. Everybody knows what a transformer is. Transformers is anything but irrelevant. Hasbro could completely shut off the movies and TF would still be famous as hell.
You can't please everybody.
Mate, rumors of them thinking to reboot it were coming months before the release. They don't have to explain us their directorial choices. They don't own us anything.
Isn't it weird that nobody else says that they "screwed things up"?
It's so easy to say that as a dissapointed consumer. Please, if you really think you would be better as the big boss of a multi-million dollars franchise company, and that you think you can please millions of people with their own lives, tastes, preferences, wishes, passions, each different of the other, each unique, each wanting their own movie, if you really think that you can please millions of individual souls, go ahead. But from my own experience I say that you can't do such thing, and that you are talking about a power and a responsability that you haven't experienced.
Of course they get backlash. The ones against the "apologist" are usually brash and violent fans like that "I want Sanchez sauce!" fan of R&M.
I literally never said that.