If you want to apply spurious "logic" to what I'm saying, go you, I guess? I'm not sure what the point would be though. Should I want to watch an old cut of Star Wars, I'll chuck a VHS tape in.
You said you can never imagine seeing a fan cut of anything, ever. Of anything. Ever. It doesn't get any more clear cut a point to argue against than that.
You and I are lucky to have copies of the originals on VHS. But what about people who can't find copies of the originals, and what happens when they're all unusable? Do you actually recognize that the final product is a conglomerate of different people's ideas and isn't 100% artistically genuine? A final product is just a series of compromises. Any attempt to try to say that Prometheus or Covenant are artistically pure and shan't ever be touched by the hands of those who aren't Ridley Scott are just deluding themselves. They're both mediocre products on their own, anyway.
If you don't give a shit about fan cuts, that's fine. I'm not interested in what's going on in Elderly Scott's senile mind these days. The guy is clearly unfit to be making decisions for the franchise; in the AvP Galaxy interview alone, he said that, without any evidence or even reasonable suspicion, that the human race is probably the product of intergalactic visitors, so excuse me for taking his opinion with a grain of salt and thinking that he's actually a fraud and not a real artist. I'm entitled to my opinion as you are of yours. And if that fan cut of Prometheus actually makes the film watchable to not only me but also to others, I feel like it should be celebrated, not mocked or called "disrespectful." It's a movie about aliens popping out of people and people turning into zombies, and you're calling the fan
version disrespectful. On behalf of the people who made the edits, I'm sorry these mere low-life fan products disrespect the artistic integrity of the classy topic of aliens popping out of people. We're such philistines that we can't recognize pure artistic greatness achieved in a work that should never be touched like...Prometheus.
If you're only interested in Ridley Scott's works, then by all means I feel you should lap up his shitty products without a critical mind for what could
be changed or what could
make it better, and never watch anything
that might make it in the slightest bit cohere or make more sense. I really don't care. But Prometheus and Covenant in their original states are themselves an insult to me of the original Alien franchise.
Edit: I should also say that fan cuts don't actually hurt the original film in any way. No one's forcing anyone to watch it. How does it disrespect the integrity of the original work when you can watch the original any time you want and actively forget that fan versions exist? You said you "wouldn't trust most fans to recut a movie," but no one's saying those recuts are canon or definitive in any way.