Please note this is why I said "People have become either so fap-tastically stupid".
Also you may have misunderstood my meaning. When I mention that the shows only "references" like that I'm perfectly aware they're references and influences. It's just that there's a noticeable difference between Hayate and GL.
In Hayate it feels like there's a minor and episodic plot with references thrown in just to appeal to the Otaku crowd. In GL references are more on the sidelines and hidden within the show so it's not like they're coming out and saying "THIS IS A REFERENCE TO ___________." more like "This scene reminded me of..."
And again I'm not arguing the shows actual quality. It's the kinda show that's easy to get into and easy to troll.