Kinda funny, the two top entries in my Dev feed today:
Something tells me there is a divide somewhere...
Personally I'm part of the second camp.
Never cared about JS, but then again, I was never a web developer.
I started working with long-time C++ veterans and a few "youngsters" (under 30) using C#.
Some use it as a curse word though, and that's more accepted, like in:
"What the JS are you doing, stupid!?".