What do you mean, Sour Grapes? It makes perfect sense to me. The GB is not saying there are MORE anointed now. They are not saying there will be more than 144,000. An increase in anointed DOES make sense in that, as some already anointed are being corrupted, others must be anointed to take their place.
If you had a tank full of guppies and several of them died on you, you'd scoop them out and maybe buy more guppies if you were determined to keep their population at a specific number (say 10). Five died and you replaced them, but no, you don't suddenly have 15 guppies. You only have 10.
And the thing about the anointed is, even the GB knows that there are a lot of posers and liars out there, and even some people who genuinely believe they are anointed but are simply delusional. Why do you think the anointed are never given special treatment? Not because we're not supposed to "idolize" our fellow humans or give certain people preferential treatment.
GB members, COs and even elders get the celebrity treatment ALL THE TIME, and women are practically expected to worship their husbands. The reason the anointed don't get any recognition other than as an annual statistic is because nobody truly believes a person who claims they have been anointed.
And no, I don't believe in or support any of the JW's vile nonsense. I am only saying their logic on this ONE particular issue makes a modicum of sense to me. No doubt they believe more anointed are being "corrupted" by Satan because we are "SO close to the end" so naturally there have to be replacements.