Just to clarify, I in now way am prioritizing Nick’s well being over the victims. He of course does not just come straight back into the community without resistance and real contrition, which he hasn’t done yet.
My point is that be completely isolating him he could become another martyr for the alt-right. Another reason for them to hound the unfortunate victims. If, instead, he learns, grows and develops and is welcomed back to the community, in some way, with caveats, then that’s one less angry voice on twitter.
Instead we have an example to other people who may be about to tip into harassment or general misogyny, that there is a way back. There is a way to climb out of any hole you may have dug by apologising, learning and growing.
A lot of this is speculative but it feels like there may be some attempt to apologise, even if it is mishandled. Compare this to almost another internet celebrity meltdown in recent years. They barely even attempted to apologise and then jump straight into the arms of the alt- right. That guy from google being a prime recent example.
Anyway, I’m just thinking out loud here. I’m not a victim and they may never be comfortable with this. I just can foresee excorcism leading to blowback later down the line. A person’s concept of right/ wrong isn’t an off switch it grows, evolves and can accelerate and decelerate. Resentment felt now could grow into a need for validation from the wrong people later.
Sorry to bang on about it, I kind of feel it’s important but don’t want to step on anyone’s toes.
Edit- Once again, absolutely no defence here. He did wrong, he reaps the consequences. I don’t know the specifics but it has obviously upset many people. They are the priority now. This is all well into the future. Just wanted to clarify as I re-read and thought maybe that wasn’t clear.