It's fine. I used to use them myself, but moved onto just using regular type. But again, it's fine.
Honestly though, it's probably best to not worry about many of these things.
I did read that thread the other day and I can't say I've ever felt 'insulted' by reading italics. But then again, people rarely surprise me these days.
Some 'characters' that exist in our world could certainly make good writing material.