I own snakes and tarantulas, so yes, I frequently get told that my beloved pets are "hideous" or "terrifying." My pets have even caused my own grandmother to go into a panic attack in the middle of the night and require a hospital visit because she couldn't relax knowing there was a pet snake in the house.
When I tell people I have 5 beautiful, adorable snakes, I am often told "Yuck!" or asked "Why??" with incredulous disgust. It's hurtful, and I get sick of it, but I just smile and say "They are definitely not for everybody." Because it's true. Not everyone can appreciate the beauty of the world around them.