Someone who holds sway over a group you belong to is not acting completely honestly right now. You'll see their subterfuge right away, but not everyone else will. And if they fall for this person's act, you'll be the one to suffer for it. Therefore, you need to watch out for others who might be totally gullible. Be the voice of reason. Being protective of the people you're working with is not going to be construed as insulting or condescending. It will be recognized as valuable!