I agree that artistic is important. Yes, both Vika & Aliya have beautiful toe point & extension. But I don't think you look all that artistic with lots of bobbles & balance checks, not to mention falling off apparatus & big steps on dismounts. Should artistic be more respected than actually landing everything in your program?
I am a big fan of artistic in both gymnastics & figure skating. But I think it's wrong to sneer at the non-artistic athletes...they also bring something to the table - lots of difficulty & clean (or mostly clean) routines.