Imagine the following:
1. Villain has acted badly towards Victim, in a way that has drawn much popular attention.
2. Villian's Spouse is not directly involved in the villainy.
3. However, someone posting under the name of Villain's Spouse has posted several hyperbolic, incendiary, Godwinizing and insulting statements in support of Villain and against Victim on the internet on stories about the villainy.
4. In the course of attempting to determine whether those comments are actually by Villain's Spouse, bloggers locate other content Spouse has authored on the web. It might be described as weird, counter-cultural, and (unsympathetically) rather nutty. It is arguable, though (based on review so far) not definite, that the style and language corroborates that Spouse is the one posting the incendiary comments referenced in 3.
Is it mean, unworthy, and self-indulgent to blog about this, including what Spouse seems to be writing about the situation and the evidence (based on Spouse's other writings) that it is Spouse? Is it merely taking any shot that can be taken at Villain, through family? Should Spouse be cut a huge break because one defends one's Spouse when one's Spouse is attacked? Should a blogger refrain out of concern that by marshaling the evidence that the comments attributed to Spouse actually come from Spouse, the end result will be gratuitous mockery of Spouse's counter-cultural and quirky writings? Does it matter that Spouse's comments are Godwinizing against Victim and quite contemptible?
Note that I'm not asking whether writing about this would be legally permissible. That answer is clear. I'm asking whether you think it is right.
Speculation, accusation, hints, and jokes about who I'm talking about are unwelcome and will be taken as a personal affront.
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