I haven't really had nasty remarks, but my mom looked at a bunch of my photos (mostly hand colored flowers and landscapes) and said, "I guess I just really don't know what you're going for." She also commented once that she thought I was more interested in the process of photography than the composition of the shots. I think criticism is taken more harshly when it comes from people from whom you expect nice things. When I post here, I expect whatever others see - I'm not looking for just reinforcement. From a family member or close friend, I sorta expect more niceties.Has anybody else had nasty remarks about pictures you've presented? Particularly images you're proud of. Do you take it as a hard lesson, allowing it to influence the kind of pictures you make or simply shrug it off?
In your case, your friend probably thought he was being funny and had the shield of the computer to protect him from your feelings.