I think a lot of people take things like that out of context. I look at things from a very techical point of view, and not much emotion goes into that thought process. I had cats for 20 years, but I still don't think they are the easiest pet bacuse they require more daily/weekly tasks and more equipment(brushes, toys, scratching post, etc) than, say, a crested gecko or something. I agree that labeling pets as "easy" can be harmful, but some people want the company of an animal but don't have the time/money/space for, say, a horse. In that case a betta may be great for that person. See what I'm saying? So that could be a reason some people look for "easy" pets and when thats the reason, I think thats fine.
5G - 1 betta: orange dalmatian VT male "Ty"
29G - 1 orange fantail goldfish "Goldeen"