When X became XXX – the high price of sexting

There has been controversy in the cast of the X Factor in Australia over the last few days. According to the media one of the contestants was involved in an unofficial twitter chat session. During that time he reportedly asked someone to send him inappropriate photos of herself. The result was that Josh was disqualified from the show – a high price to pay.
As you would expect, popular opinion is divided over the decision to disqualify, to the innocence of the request, to the abhorrence of the concept and the total disregard for the dignity of the fan.
What do you think? Was it harmless fun or the innocence of youth? Or was it a young man using his fame as power? Do you believe it is a natural consequence of new technology or the ever present issue of male dominance given easier access to vulnerable women?
Personally – I believe sexting is wrong (yes, even between consenting adults in private). My reason isn’t only based as there is no such thing as in private when it comes to digital photos. I know of people who thought their photo or video would never be shared but quite soon after their relationship ended so did the confidentiality agreement! Sexting contravenes Australian laws and regularly causes people to be included on the sex offenders register – often for years.
What are your thoughts? Was the disqualification too harsh? Could there have been an alternative way of dealing with Josh? Was it reasonable to make an example of his behaviour? Please comment below. 

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