I think the example I mentioned is very aggressive.
I guess the reason I don’t enjoy that aspect of his work is because I knew how terrible humans can be long before I ever heard of Zappa. If I were learning something from him, it might be entertaining or fulfilling in some way. I am generally entertained and fulfilled when he speaks without humor about serious topics, such as when he appeared on Crossfire and other tv shows to discuss various issues. But that’s because he had a knack for explaining things in ways you’d never hear from politicians or tv talking heads.
I’m not saying his lyrics are never funny. Certainly some of them are.
I didn’t say it’s just telling you things you didn’t know, it’s more like things you don’t want to think about.
But why do people shy away from the things he brings up? There could be many reasons, and I don’t think anyone takes any damage to think about that, what it means to them and why.
His thing is to be provocative, both musically and lyrically, and that offends some people; others find it amusing. That’s it!