The fact that the claimed developers are anonymous is a pretty good indicator that this a sham in a misguided attempt to pressure Debian's vote.
Unfortunately in open source we always have a group of assholes who don't contribute but somehow feel they know best. Oftentimes their opinion will involve a lot more work, but hey they won't be the ones responsible, so who gives a shit
Like C or not the syntax has been the standard for most languages, and its the syntax taught to a generation of programmers. Language designers take note, deviating from the syntax does not increase clarity nor does it save time so don't unless using a different paradigm.
Having the poster child abandon the language and need to re-write its entire system was a pretty strong statement to the rest of the users. In reality though I think a lot of ruby users just moved onto node.
In Canada we don't have the same adversarial relationship between legislators and regulators. I imagine if the courts were to side with Netflix the government would eventually enact legislation enabling regulation of some sort.