"When there's a chip - there's a need"
Actually. I can understand some of the reactions. If you do heavy stuff and need the safety that intel, TI, Moto (or whatever they put on their door-mat now) and their brethren offer (if real or not can be discussed).
But. For a large percentage of those who design in a less stringent environment (no SIL, no large team, modest standardization requirements, mostly bit-banging and control and not so much signal processing), there are other things that count.
Things like real parallel processing, eight processors sharing memory. Very exact timing. No problem with interrupts, their priorities and possible interaction that takes days to nail down. A novel (that's perhaps the problem?) language that is easily mastered. Low current consumption and a low price. Plus 16 very able 32 bit counters with more operational modes than you could imagine. Peripherals? No. None of them, except a VGA (or PAL or NTSC) generator attached to every processor. But, since there are objects in the library that turn any of the processors into a full duplex UART, an SPI interface or almost anything you may need, that doesn't hurt a bit.
It is a fun and able chip. I can understand the sneezing - I even anticipated it. But it isn't a very constructive way to look at things.
100 % recycled posting: Electrons, ideas, finger-tips have been used over and over again...