It works for anyone who hasn't went off the deep-end of creepy obsessive fandom.
No, it works for me, too.
Self-awareness. It's a beautiful thing.
I personally think of Trek '09 as a full-scale reboot and LN's presence--delightful as it was--as a mere fig leaf. In a way, it was a cameo not entirely dissimilar from the cameos of the surviving LiS TOS cast members in the horrible Lost in Space
movie. But I really don't care if anybody else sees it my way or not nor do I care what the authorial intent may be since the true authors of Trek (as opposed to the legal authors) are looooong out of the picture.