I think a language developer should have the attitude of an old wise sage. Only opening his mouth when he has something profound to say.
He's representing the attitudes of the language and the people who decide how it functions. Politics should not be apart of that equation.
Even if he thought that way, he should have delegated the opinion to someone under the title of "community representative" or something like that. So any backlash could be attributed to the representative and not the figurehead of the language.
I've never noticed that this was a "feature" until Python didn't have it--the feature of having a stoic leader. You look at C/C++/D/etc, you never have to justify a random tweet to your team or boss. Instead of being a blank slate --like a research paper to be treated on its logical validity--you're now looking at the human behind-the-scenes.
And I'm not saying this because he's talking about feminism. I'm saying, in general, he shouldn't be talking about any kind of stuff like that. I don't care about his opinions on foreign policy, religion, on vegan diets, or on the best deodorant. He should stick to his expert niche.
Regardless of a perfect world, the human world doesn't like treating people as "experts on some stuff, and average on others." The second he gives an average opinion, using his authority as an expert, he has diluted his expert authority.
Perhaps I'm thinking too far into it. Perhaps I'm wrong. I welcome any input as this is kind a stream-of-consciousness of a new revelation.
One thing, I personally struggle with, is how, once I become successful, I will deal with my community. Will I have to shut off all personal tweets? Will I have to stick to anonymous communication for my personal life? I do not want to alienate people from my game for any reason EXCEPT THE GAME. That is, someone loves the game (like here, we love Python), and then the leader says something you disagree with and even if you still like the product... there's a "chink in the armor" in your mind.
Like when you find out a great movie you love, was made by a guy that murdered his wife, or a pedophile. Can you still enjoy the movie? And even if so, will you ever KNOW you enjoy it the same as had you never heard something that broke the fantasy? Will the idea pop into your head every time you watch it?
I'm such an expressive person, naturally. And I can be very passionate in my arguments. I would feel sad if I have to mute myself for the sake of the game community (although I guess anon accounts are still a workable solution). Having to decide between one "love" and another.
On the otherhand, I'm sure my grave is already dug on social media. So anyone who wants to Google my butt can easily find something they disagree with--it would be impossible to "purge" my signature at this point. Perhaps as long as a "restrain" myself on the official game forums, people will be able to accept the distinction between work and personal life. (And to bring it RIGHT BACK to topical, SJW surely don't like that idea with the #Opalgate fiasco on github starting from a tweet from a personal twitter account.)