It is not drama, it is fact. The show lines put so much emphasis on physical features that the essence of the character of the breed is lost. Show line are essentially a separate breed. They lack the drives and courage to do what the GSD is intended for. There are a few exceptions. Working line GSDs actually look more like GSDs are meant to look than show line GSDs. If they participate in sport or real work, they have to be agile and healthy. Working lines does not always equate with extreme. It equates with handlers lacking the skills and knowledge to handle a working dog with strong drives. To me, family dogs equates with pets. Real GSDs are not meant to be bred as pets, but they can be great companions in the right hands while still pursuing sport or work. Originally, they were herding dogs, not pets. Sheep herders were poor and couldn't afford to buy one dog after another to find a good dog to protect the flock. Now the herding lines are all but gone. I'm not saying all working line GSDs are great or even the same. But the show line dogs have lost the genetics that made the dog a working dog. You see it in practically all breeds bred for show. When you watch the Westminster Dog Show and the announcer gives a short description of what the dog was bred for, the vast majority of those dogs can't do what they were bred for like the original working lines. It is kind of like fake news.
Chip, what about the fact that a lot showline/byb dogs happen to show a fair bit of herding instinct? I'd say herding instinct is still there, just kinda dormant. I'll admit my dog Shelby isn't the best example of a GSD temperament wise, but mainly in that she's not aloof, she does alert now. I do think she'd be a good herding dog. I used to think she wouldn't be as she's so sweet to people but she has some feistiness and attitude hidden in there. Shelby is WGSL/byb line types.
I had a GSD who was poorly bred ASL/byb lines but other than bad health he was a decent example of a GSD in temperament and looks.
There's a lady down in Colorado who actively shows her dogs in confirmation and works them in herding. They'd probably be ASL but they can work.
How about the fact that working lines are turning into sport lines? A dog that is extremely prey driven isn't what was worked towards. A dog that would bite its handler given half a chance, a dog willing to go up the leash to attack you, those doesn't sound like good traits to me. There are extremes at all ends. When you start ignoring standards you start losing the breeds. Confirmation and temperament and workability matters, and not chasing extremes for the I won the trophy bragging rights helps keep that balance. GSDs are supposedly supposed to be a jack of all trades and there are plenty of byb and ASL dogs that can work. You can't hammer an entire line based on the extremes of them but it doesn't mean every dog is like that. It happens in every breed not just GSDs.
Honestly if people weren't so puritan about the lines with the new genetic testing that hopefully continues to improve we'd probably help the breed by mixing lines on occasion. Too many people linebreeding trying to chase ancestors. As the history of animal breeding has revealed time and time again, excessive linebreeding eventually gets you in trouble.
Also I find it kind of funny. There are a lot of herding breed dogs that go on to be pets. Not every herding breed or dog is an insane out of control must always herd breed and will be fine in a pet home provide they get some exercise and mental stimulation. Look up English shepherds. They make good companions or herding dogs because they work but aren't obsessive about it. It's mentioned they often seem a bit protective of the herd. Sounds a bit like GSDs doesn't it? Sure most working line dogs aren't gonna be happy being lazy companions. But it doesn't exclude them from being family pets. Especially if they weren't a breed bred to be obsessive about herding.