But back in the 80’s Computers were large and owned by big corporations, with whole departments to manage them.
So for Home Users when Micro Computers became available, and we were able to program them ourselves without needing a Degree in Computers, BASIC was such a revolutionary new language.
Without BASIC there would not have been such a massive take up of Home Computing.
So BASIC, although shunned by many people today, was the first Stepping Stone for many programmers.
Without BASIC then, we would not be where we are today.