It has turned off friends of mine to brewing, and I always have trouble getting them to realize you can make good beer, just not out of cane or corn sugar. It's a shame, because some good kits are out there, like the ones at morebeer. These cheapo kits that come with caps, a can of LME, a pack of dry yeast and tell you to add sugar and not bother to boil the wort are a recipe for disaster. You have zero percent chance of making good beer.
I think kits like that are where the notion that homebrew just tastes "different" from "real" beer comes from. There oughta be a law
Oh don't give me none more of that Old Janx Spirit
No, don't you give me none more of that Old Janx Spirit
For my head will fly, my tongue will lie, my eyes will fry and I may die
Won't you pour me one more of that sinful Old Janx Spirit