If you think that it's those who felt the conference should stick to its policies who "got sidetracked" you need to get a grip on reality- BSDM is off-topic for linux.conf.au, and it's Mr. Pesce who chose to make that and associated language and imagery a prominent part of his presentation, contrary to policies he had agreed to. Seems a long way off track to me.
And please, you don't need to drag his language into this forum. LWN has made a point of trying to keep discussions more reasonable, civil, and decent than you often find on other fora like /. etc- not that Jon deletes every post with a swear word, but it's discouraged as it always detracts from the discussion. In particular your use here is nothing but an immature attempt to jab it in the eyes of anybody who disagrees with you about its appropriateness in a technical setting. You don't have a reasonable argument to justify it so you resort to trying to make your point more forceful with vulgar language.
I don't mean it as an insult to you, but I think the quote "Profanity is the weapon of the witless" seems apropos here.