An Open Letter to Mike Boudet from Sword and Scale

Hey Mike,

Please forgive the informality, I realize we’ve never met.

Well, I just heard that Wondery has parted ways with you and Sword and Scale, etc. Bummer. Sorry to hear that.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I was a long time listener but stopped listening with any regularity about eight months (or so) ago. I had noticed a real change in your tenor on the show. It sounded a little too aggressive towards mental health and a little too critical of the criminal justice system. Frankly, it sounded like so much of the rhetoric I’ve grown so tired of hearing.

Of course, it’s well within your right to say whatever you want and I would fight for your right to do so. It’s also well within my right to turn it off. Your show. My ears.

Your tweets about “free speech” and all that nonsense (admittedly, I didn’t do a deep dive because, well, it’s Twitter) . . . come on, really? You worked in an advertising based medium. Did you honestly think you had “free speech”? You can’t be that naive. It may sound cynical, but where there is advertising, free speech is stifled. It’s always been that way and will always be that way.

As I jumped on and listened to your seven minute update earlier, I must say I was a little struck by how you painted yourself as a victim. How so? Because Wonderly dropped your shows? Look man, you fucked up. Own it. The victims here are your employees and your fans, not you.

Maybe I should shut the hell up, but the beauty of the internet is that I don’t need to. 🙂 Maybe you didn’t create what you posted that led to all of this. Does that excuse your responsibility? No. And it certainly doesn’t make you a victim. You’ve got to see that.

You should take pride in the fact that people believe in you enough to pay you but also entrust you enough to put food on their plate. That’s an incredible responsibility! You’re hardly a victim because you did something dumb and had it taken away from you.

Mike, grow up, own you shit, acknowledge your mistake and move on. It’s called pivoting. People do it all the time. In every facet of life. They don’t cry foul and play the victim every time they fuck up.

You want real free speech? It’s the internet. It ain’t that hard to find. If a wingnut and jackass like Alex Jones can exist by ripping off veterans and senior citizens with fake vitamins in order to spread absolutely insane conspiracy theories and all sorts of other bullshit, you should be just fine. “Yea, but his free speech is being taken away by Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blah blah blah. . . ” (see earlier comment about advertising and then add user restrictions).

I understand the wound is still fresh and the compulsion is to take to the internet and vent. Well, take a breath and step away from the keyboard.

There are ways to work within the system. The best way to do that is to not whine about being a victim when you’re not.

Who’s right and/or who’s wrong is no longer an issue. It’s happened. It’s how you handle it and what you do next.

Best of luck to you Mike.