I wholeheartedly agree. Then again, ‘the log in our own eye’ and all that… how may of us bitch about people in private? How many of us are less than perfect individuals, with at least one or two less than charming personal traits? I hazard a guess at 100%.
Of course, seeing someone who is in a position of power/responsibility/role model showing - intentionally or not - their uglier side is perhaps more shocking, and can bring a whole load of questions about their authority and value as a role model. But to pretend that none of us have these shadier side, and so here we are judging from this postion of moral cleanliness - I’m not so comfortable with that.
Fattorini had shown himself to be a massive wanker with a rather large ego, for sure. And I’m sure he hasn’t even begun to live with the consequences of this stupidity. I also agree with you that sending these private messages under a pseudonym stinks of something else, rather than just intended ‘satire’, but personally, I’d like to think that if I sent a private message to a friend, it remains private.
If the friend has an issue with the way my moral compass is pointing - they should take me to task about it, rather than start forwarding my ill-written and ugly messages. Unless I’ve done something illegal or criminal, of course - which he hasn’t.