Majority of pure/stock/vanilla/unadulterated Android enthusiasts and sympathizers love it because of its performance boosts and cleanliness. Others convince themselves that buying a device rocking bare-bone Android is a stepping stone to timely updates. I can agree that it has been so until the period when we transitioned from KK to Lollipop. It was a mess because the OS had far too many cases of memory leaks and app crashes.
OEMs such as Motorola have been awarding their customers with prompt updates based on their no-skin approach to Android. However, things have changed. Timely updates are a big deal they take soooo long to grace the cream of flagships. In fact, OEMs are on a new level of lazy, and it gets worse every passing year.
Now, it is an open secret that stock or near stock Android doesn't elevate users onto a special seat where updates get passed to them when they snap their fingers, unless, of course, you're a Pixel/Nexus user. Secondly, I find pure android tooo flat for my taste unless - there's nothing interesting you can do in the settings section. On the other hand, skins have tons of features (and gimmicks), and while some my find them intrusive, OEMs are trying to tone them down while keeping features that are subjectively useful.
So, have been misled that skins are bad for Android?