A free world needs satire | Patrick Chappatte

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We need humor like we need the air we breathe, says editorial cartoonist Patrick Chappatte. In a talk illustrated with highlights from a career spent skewering everything from dictators and ideologues to selfies and social media mobs, Chappatte makes a resounding, often hilarious case for the necessity of satire. "Political cartoons were born with democracy, and they are challenged when freedom is," he says.
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Dewald Swanevelder
"Wake up tomorrow in a sanitized world "
tangngamxam nguyengamgam Group
journey faithfully
P Last Name
P Last Name 3 months ago
He speaks the truth.
Thanos Bruh
Thanos Bruh 3 months ago
Trump 2020
Antic in a Drain
Antic in a Drain 4 months ago
Love this so much. Stick to your guns and challenge the system!
hedley productions
hedley productions 4 months ago
Navis 4 months ago
Ok boomer
Sarah Trachtenberg
Sarah Trachtenberg 5 months ago
"You try to nail (Trump) down one day, and then the next day they outdo you." The Onion had a similar complaint.
Van Darkholme
Van Darkholme 6 months ago
Look around the world. Democracy is a rare privilege, so is freedom of speech. Cherish it.
cragwyck c
cragwyck c 7 months ago
I recently met a retired journalist from Boston Globe, and she told me journalism and free speech are dead. Last weekend I heard a talk by a 12-times novelist, and he told us satire no longer works in this environment. Huh? babylonbee.com and farceynews.com and even TheOnion still do satire. I think free speech will survive ultimately.
Luis Guevara
Luis Guevara 7 months ago
Boomers are gonna love this comics
Nate Catanus
Nate Catanus 8 months ago
As a self-made trillionaire and life-winning life coach, I really do love this man's ability to flex his hustle muscles! Just wish he wasn't such a nerd :/
Some dude
Some dude 8 months ago
If you use this vid to support Ben Garisson, you're stupid. If ya need an explanation i can tell you- just ask.
911 Never Forget
911 Never Forget 8 months ago
1:37 “with people like Trump” How bout this. “With people like the French. Hitler today would have a statue in Time Square” You know funny is funny 🥴
Cameron Walker
Cameron Walker 9 months ago
You're so brave. Where's the cartoons of Muslims beheading innocent prisoners? Of Barak Obama with something to do with (Fast and Furious, You can keep your doctor, It won't cost an extra nickel, IRS targeting of Conservatives, Arab meltdown, Bengazhi and now spygate). Yep, you're really a brave man.
Cornell Waters
Cornell Waters 9 months ago
🖍️ Thank You!
Snoep Animation
Snoep Animation 9 months ago
@11:44 Newspapers should be deciding what´s important, not the public. Actually got applause. I agree social media shouldn´t decide what is considered important. But... Why can´t people just decide for themselves, without algorithms? Because money. So take the money out of the news and the problem disappears. Make a fund for news. No matter what the news. If we don´t like it, good!
Mortarback Music
Mortarback Music 9 months ago
Warning! The following youtube comment contains satire: 👌🏽👽🖕
Quo Merth
Quo Merth 10 months ago
Instead of playing "Where's Wally", we can play "Where's the Trump supporter": 1:38
Tony H
Tony H 10 months ago
When I used to work as an illustrator, met a lot of people, including employers, who disliked caricatures on principle. Especially the kind that make people look funny/ugly for others to laugh at. Sometimes I agree with them, sometimes I agree with this guy. 🤷‍♂️ Humour is a very subtle and fickle thing, (& often double-edged, ie. also a weapon) and can be very different in different parts of the world .
Throatwobbler Mangrove
11:16 He's been in that business for 20 years and still hasn't figured out that by virtue of covering select stories and not others, the journalists and editors are determining what are "the most important stories". Regardless of whether or not they mimic social networking by highlighting the most read and shared stories, the story they never cover is deemed by them to be less important than the ones they do. Their own inherent biases decree this. So to decry the fact that they don't select "the most important" stories is either ignorant or dishonest. It's the same as saying that his selection of source material for his political cartoons panders to the most popular instead of the most important.
Vren 28 days ago
What is important is not determined by popularity. An issue can be highly important, yet can be totally ignored by media, purposefully or not.
Cromwell Cruz
Cromwell Cruz 10 months ago
"We now live in a world where moralistic mobs gather on social media and rise like a storm. The most outraged voices tend to define the conversation and the angry crowd follows in."
Jerome Bartholomew
Jerome Bartholomew 10 months ago
That was fucking incredible!
xMurrCattx 10 months ago
He makes an excellent point when he says that in America, a publisher found a cartoon too critical of Trump, etc. Notice that this was not a government action, this was Cancel Culture, the rejection of the spirit of the 1st amendment by the private citizenry, and it is appalling.
Evan Driscoll
Evan Driscoll 10 months ago
“Orange man bad” crowd cheers. Lol fucking sheep
Adrew Adrew
Adrew Adrew 10 months ago
To get fired for someone else's cartoon. It's like if one cop did something wrong and all other cops was fired as well.
clement lee
clement lee 10 months ago
i hate political cartoons but understand his speech
Adil Mohammed
Adil Mohammed 10 months ago
finally the Bruce Banner Ted talk we all have been waiting for....
SuperGrimmy 10 months ago
Levieux Michel
Levieux Michel 10 months ago
I don't have much to say, just commenting so it gets a little more trending. Keep doing what you're doing sir. We need people like you.
KSangel180 10 months ago
I cannot like this hard enough!
Dyionisis Yhe horned one
Yes,its only ok to hate and satire trump! To do otherwise is to be a bigot!
Dyionisis Yhe horned one
The trump cartoon about him being a zionist shill is on point tho
Michael 10 months ago
Zapiro ! ♥️
Pleyland 10 months ago
when you click on a video because you think it's a speech because you need something to listen to while you work and it strongly depends on images :P
Reims Arlett
Reims Arlett 7 months ago
Well it's a speech given by Chapatte after all ^^
TJP projects
TJP projects 10 months ago
We need dirty jokes. We can't live in a world without them.
Snoep Animation
Snoep Animation 9 months ago
It is hard to reproduce without getting a bit dirty. "Q is just a nudist O".
Matt Wood
Matt Wood 10 months ago
This is an intriguing talk. Patrick has clearly put a lot careful consideration into his thesis, and he is very close to a revelation. He does have some dogmatic baggage he needs to dispense with, but fundamentally freedom of speech is the battlefield and censorious activists and demagogues are the adversaries. I would encourage a reassessment of past prejudices, you have more allies in this fight than you realize. In particular some of those you most fervently condemn are really some of the most effective champions of your cause. Through bipartisan effort we can preserve freedom of speech in the USA and introduce it to the rest of the western world. In order to do that, you need to stop thinking of us as your enemies. You and I want liberty, we just have different methodologies and priorities in servicing this goal.
fobio klaustro
fobio klaustro 10 months ago
We all wondered and joked around about how stupid can humanity possibly become.... then, they replaced political cartoons with political corectness, and nobody was laughing anymore...
Raymond Crompton
Raymond Crompton 10 months ago
Last ted vid. I'm not feeling value added to my life anymore.
Shaun Dreclin
Shaun Dreclin 10 months ago
Burying your head in the sand doesn't add value either.
Adam McCord
Adam McCord 10 months ago
Yo man when your mixtape coming out? This dude spit bars 🔥
Gabriel Gonzalez
Gabriel Gonzalez 10 months ago
As a sixteen year old in high school, I see what he is saying and fear that my generation may never understand satire
J.R. Warren
J.R. Warren 10 months ago
Guess we should say goodbye to satire.
KUARZOROSSO Children Educational Illustrated Books
Funny name... there is a type of bread with a foneticaly similar sound .... chapara.... a type of sub
NeverForget1776 10 months ago
And the public should stop "trusting" the media without question.
Jennifer Piper
Jennifer Piper 10 months ago
We are slowly giving up our own rights one at a time.
manuel campos
manuel campos 10 months ago
His obsession with trump is showing his bias, I dont see him cartoonoshing the angry left extremist mob that forgot to complain to china and india for climate change... but.. I think he is french lmao
Bored Warlock
Bored Warlock 10 months ago
On it!
Hamish Mclaggan
Hamish Mclaggan 10 months ago
prediction: next will be all opinion pieces then news relating to trigger topics so in the end a hollowed out structure of nothingness
Trebor Ironwolfe
Trebor Ironwolfe 10 months ago
Weird Al has made me pee my pants a little while listening to his genius musical satires. Gary Larson has made me snort coffee from my nose on my kitchen table and on my coworkers. The Greatest Political Cartoonists can deliver satire which not only comfort and humor us, but force us to reframe our own reality and beliefs.
Chris Pollitt
Chris Pollitt 10 months ago
Luca Istvánsson
Luca Istvánsson 10 months ago
No words about Charlie Hebdo. No words about Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons. No words about conservative cartoonists who can't even start to appear in the media, who don't even get a job in the first place. No carricatures of Hillary Clinton. No cartoons about 21'171 bombs dropped over Irak and Afghanistan by the US military in 2016, under the commandment of Obama, who got a nobel prize of peace. No words about the proven silencing and censoring of conservative / non-liberal voices on social media, in the - so called - open, liberal, tolerant West. This only shows: The definition of "Tolerance" and "Freedom of speech" and "Freedom of press" is not set in stone. Especially not, when the regressive, anti-liberal and anti-tolerant concept of "hate speech" flows into the definition. And with great luck, this comment won't disappear from this comment section.
Moiz Shakruwala
Moiz Shakruwala 10 months ago
From India, looks the same everywhere
ali veli
ali veli 10 months ago
Bu videoyu içinde "free world" özgür dünya terimi geçtiği için seçtim, bu terim önemli bir terimdi ve Avrupa Kuzey Amerika kıtası için kullanılan bir terimdi, mesela bir siyasi figür Rusya'yı veya Çin'i dışlamak istediğinde özgür dünya terimi kullanırdı. 2018 yılı "free world" özgür dünya teriminin tarihe karıştığı ve yok olduğu bir yıl oldu. Bunun anlamı Kuzey Amerika'nın ve Avrupa'nın Çin ve Rusya ile aynı demokrasi standartlarına döndüğü anlamına gelmiyor, tabi ki Avrupa ve Kuzey Amerika için üzücü bir gerileme yaşanıyor ama bu aynı şartlar anlamına gelmiyor ama kesin olan tek gerçek "Free world" özgür dünya kavramının yok olduğu gerçeği.
Ayu Sara Herlia
Ayu Sara Herlia 10 months ago
Mark Ruffalo, is that you?
CaptainDigBick95 10 months ago
"This is good, this is bad. What they did was good and what those ppl did was just dumb" What was the point of the video again? Edit: Sorry. Got to 10 mins. I'm following the red line again.
Dancing Cow
Dancing Cow 10 months ago
While I completely agree with this message that humor is something that needs to be protected, I can't help but notice his examples in this video are either politically related to issues outside of the US or are examples of Left leaning criticism to the Right. And if you know anything about the Twitter-ratti, you would know that most of their targeting is of satire/memes by the Right. If I had no idea about politics in the US and saw this video, I would be led to believe that Twitter is full of Conservatives that are trying to sensor these cartoonist. While in reality, the far Left is way more active at that sort of thing than any far Right movement.
Dror Frid
Dror Frid 10 months ago
That's one of the best things I've seen someone do over losing their job. great ted talk.
Тимофей Воронов
In 1990s here in Russia we had a satirical TV show called "Puppets". When Vladimir Putin came to power, they released an episode where Putin was portrayed as Klein Zaches from E. Hoffmann's grotesque fairy tale. The authors were internally banned from parodying Putin, and a couple years later the show was cancelled because of pressure.
Nicolas Petit
Nicolas Petit 10 months ago
A while back, "les guignols", a long-running satirical TV show in France (that mainly mocked politicians) was also censored and then cancelled for political motives. Seems this is happening everywhere, sad times we live in.
XTsReaper 10 months ago
True, but politics isnt the only area that needs satire, lets not forget how much "political correctness" we have around gender rights, for example. Im not saying we should disslike transgander people, but being forbidden to make any criticism towards that society - thats also kind of violation of our freedom of speech
Dancing Cow
Dancing Cow 10 months ago
No one and no thing in the US is or should be above criticism. My brother is transgender and he would agree.
dick waffle
dick waffle 10 months ago
The media is the enemy of the people.
Dustin Saxton
Dustin Saxton 10 months ago
This is a bit of a tangent from the argument of the video, but I think the stance that comedians/speakers/media are taking against criticism is ignorant and ineffective. The general trend of defending free speech lately seems to be a push back against 'snowflakes'; "people get offended over everything these days", "If you don't like it, you can just look away", "grow a thicker skin", etc. IMO, it's a poorly though out argument that just creates a cycle of hypocrisy. Speaker criticizes something controversial -> Audience gets offended and 'oppresses' speakers right to say controversial thing by criticizing the criticism -> Speaker 'oppresses' the Audience's right to oppress him by criticizing their criticism of his criticism. It ends with both people defending their right to free speech...by telling the other person they're not allowed to talk. It's fighting fire with fire, or more like fighting snowflakes by being a snowflake. It's ridiculous. It isn't that the Audience hasn't suddenly grown more sensitive. It's that instead of it being a monologue, its a conversation. Where once the Speaker had all the voice, now the Audience can participate (In the form of Social Media, etc). People who have made careers out of attacking opinions can now suddenly hear people attacking THEIR opinions, and they're upset about it. If Speakers really stand for free speech, they ought to grow the thicker skin they often complain about and either join the debate they opened, or brush off the dissent and move on (as the Audience has done since always). Otherwise they're just another flake in the snow pile...which they have every right to be.
Elena Rybak
Elena Rybak 10 months ago
Dustin Saxton Satire makes you see some situations at a different angle. The nature of this kind of art has always been provocative. People could always give a feedback by buying or not buying that art.
Corrine Vermette
Corrine Vermette 10 months ago
When political pressure meets political correctness freedom of speech perishes. Patrick Chapatte. Fired from New York Times over political cartoons.
Spaced Invader
Spaced Invader 10 months ago
Small correction, it's Perishes* A Parish is a Christian thing.
Iris 10 months ago
Thank you.
Jefferson Sousa
Jefferson Sousa 10 months ago
Mockery and humor help us remember that we aren't as big and powerful as we think we are. Remembering that help us have more empaty and being more thoughtful about the world around us and ourselves.
Saumitra Chakravarty
Saumitra Chakravarty 10 months ago
You spoke out where others remain silent. Kudos to you!
Suffer No Fools
Suffer No Fools 10 months ago
He just waited until Dave Chappelle and Louis C.K. already said something? Guy isn't that brave. He's going with the wind/tide. Where was he before? Plenty of guests on Joe Rogan's podcast have spoken up and I've never heard of this guy before.
The Bulletproof Munk
The Bulletproof Munk 10 months ago
Boomer Humor Boom Boom Boooooomer
Larry SAL
Larry SAL 10 months ago
Them leftists remembering about free-speach when their own is attacked. Coincidence
Ibnu Katmo At Tirthamy
Anyone who insults the Prophet Muhammad. Then the humiliation will befall him. Like a person who raises his face to the sky while spitting, surely his saliva will hit his own face. Humor also has a limit. May Allah give guidance.
Ibnu Katmo At Tirthamy
@James McCormack semoga Allah beri hidayah
James McCormack
James McCormack 10 months ago
Surely Allah has a sense of humour.
Maria B.
Maria B. 10 months ago
This is so important. I couldn't help thinking about Hitchens while watching this. We need more people who can push back
ShelbyStellaRosa 10 months ago
Brilliantly eloquent.
Cabdullaahi Bootaan
Cabdullaahi Bootaan 10 months ago
Now, I can understand 100 dislikes. Thank you Chappatte.
saxonett 10 months ago
I wondered why RUvid not banned this as hate speech, like they usually do.
saxonett 10 months ago
In Greece there was a time, just a few decades ago, when the use of "z" was not allowed. Ridiculous.
B Welkinator
B Welkinator 10 months ago
Oh, yeah? Just let me say, "I love Trump" and we'll see how funny you think that is (or how quick you are to shut me up, shout me down, shame me out and splatter me all over the wall).
manish khajuria
manish khajuria 10 months ago
One reason why media is afraid of social media is because it fanned the fire of social media. The NYT was quick to judge one person for his racist and/or misogynist without starting a dialogue on how they became one in the first place. Social media is just the amplification of the vilifying attitude of these liberal newspaper who wanted to become first to condemn any idea theory or norm that was wayward from their idea of the world. The djinn is out of the bottle now. There ia no turning back. Just brace yourself for the impending doom.
manish khajuria
manish khajuria 10 months ago
Snowflake has peaked we are looking into abysss🤐🤐🤐🤐
Tulasidhar V
Tulasidhar V 10 months ago
I can't believe that NYT has stopped political cartoons very recently. And these fellows arrogate themselves to lecturer others about freedom of expression. And this is happening in the US! God save this World.
Mmm K
Mmm K 10 months ago
Excellent! Thank you!
Filipe Almeida
Filipe Almeida 10 months ago
Give this man a standing ovation please.
The Stuttering Gamer
@Suffer No Fools Thanks for showing that you're one of the typical right wing, chump-loving sycophants who loves the idea of freedom of speech being oppressed, because you don't like "Orange man bad" rhetoric. Triggered?! Are your feelings hurt?! You're pathetic. Also, NPC? Really? LOL, go back to 4chan. Hack.
Filipe Almeida
Filipe Almeida 10 months ago
@Suffer No Fools People not being thrown in jail, tortured, murdered, or censored for their opinions is what would be nice. That is the point of this presentation. The fact that you are irked by satiricial opposition to Trump is your own problem.
Suffer No Fools
Suffer No Fools 10 months ago
@Filipe Almeida just seems like another person who's jumping on the hate Trump train. If he died, nothing of value would be lost. ACTUAL political satire would be nice, but it's not profitable.
Filipe Almeida
Filipe Almeida 10 months ago
​@Suffer No Fools He presented satirical political cartoons as a form of expression that people are being murdered for, and are object of censorship. This seems to be something everyone should rally against.
Suffer No Fools
Suffer No Fools 10 months ago
@Filipe Almeida the video essentially boils down to the typical NPC orange man bad videos. This is pandering to the lowest common denominator and has been done to death for the past three years. This is not brave or innovative.
Avishi Vashisht
Avishi Vashisht 10 months ago
Satirists, caricaturists bring out the raw ego of leaders and the truth in their actions so simply! Just imagine otherwise; how dark and dreary would this world be if not for quick humour... Great talk, great platform!
freesk8 10 months ago
Free speech is essential to our freedom. And politicasl correctness and politicians with too much power are the biggest threats to that freedom. Democracy is not the goal. Freedom is. Democracy is sometimes a tool to safeguard freedom. But sometimes, majorities violate the rights of minorities.
Pavor 10 months ago
Freedom was an experiment, a failed one. Enjoy it while you it lasts, pets.
Alexizzi69 10 months ago
92 people don't have sense of humour.
Drew Saluk
Drew Saluk 10 months ago
But the US gov’t didn’t silence the cartoonists, their bosses did
Satori Mystic
Satori Mystic 10 months ago
Peer pressure is powerful and potentially poisonous. When corporate and gov't powers rise to co-opt and control our freedoms, it's time to be wary of their place, and put the pressure where it belongs ... In the joined hands of the people. 😡✊
astrophonix 10 months ago
We don't live in a 'free society' so this is moot.
Ru so
Ru so 10 months ago
I was not expecting this to be such an important speech!
Vikram Patil
Vikram Patil 10 months ago
Shervin Dupont
Shervin Dupont 10 months ago
It is shameful for a group like TED to allow someone to use their platform to brain wash people about Trump as a bad person ... I thought TED is an intellectual platform not a political one ... Shame on you guys !!!>.. Maybe I should draw something with TED putting flowers on their own RIP with NO Intellectual and Lost Integrity and respect !!!
C M 10 months ago
@N IT Consulting ... Do you understand what political cartoons are? Like, when you click on a video of a satirist talking about satire, like... His entire profession is expressing his opinions through satire. Why would you expect anything else from this video?
N IT Consulting
N IT Consulting 10 months ago
C M I fully supports freedom of speech as long as has no hidden agenda and has some justifications. Your speech title should be let me show you how much I hate trump then I would not have any problem with whatever you say because the content of your speech matches with the title
C M 10 months ago
@Shervin Dupont you're commenting on a Ted Talk... About free speech... And you're upset that Ted Talk is promoting free speech? Am I misreading the situation, here? Care to explain where I'm going wrong? You either support free speech or you don't. "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
Shervin Dupont
Shervin Dupont 10 months ago
@C M Really Why this freedom was aim in very hidden way .. If the subject was about Politic in US I would agree ... but the images were carefully chosen to brain wash people with bashing Trump while talking about something... that was very dirty !!
Shervin Dupont
Shervin Dupont 10 months ago
@C M Just your tone proves you don't belong to TED group ... Sorry for TED Group
Naeem UlFateh
Naeem UlFateh 10 months ago
All correct but nothing should be hurting someone like (with all due respect) if some put penis in your (Partick) will not make any sense but one can say that since you speak too much and I want you shut up. Everything possible but should not hurt morale and belief. Thank you.
Stefan Nikola
Stefan Nikola 10 months ago
Who is to judge what an important story is? What Oprah Winfrey thinks is important is not what Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks is important.
SC P 10 months ago
ya making fun of trump is bad. can make you lose your job. meanwhile making fun of certain dems that keep going further left can get you fired, beaten, crippled or killed. but lets focus on trump since thats safe ^,^ that said we do enjoy it ^,^ its a lot of fun reading the jokes about trump and even better when he 1 ups them. we should be able to make fun of most things but all of our leaders. if they cant handle it then they shouldnt be in power. ya thats cancel culture. better to get rid of everything then risk offending people. social media isnt a reflection of the real world. the sooner people realize that social media is a minority of a minority the sooner we can stop shutting things down and go back to actual discussions and compromises to get things done.
Spaghetti Monster
Spaghetti Monster 10 months ago
Reading all the comments and 99.9% of them are reasonable people making valid points, mostly in agreeance that the overblown hyperbolic sensitivity cancel culture is absolutely unhinged . Where is the radical left on all of this? Did they really skip a chance @ ripping on satire? lol I think the cancel culture is rapidly coming to an end.
veggiesaremurder 10 months ago
I totally agree with this. But, to be fair, satire only seems to be allowed when created for a liberal audience. In 2019, satire directed toward Leftism is considered a hate crime.
Bill 10 months ago
You got that right!
Nature Squad
Nature Squad 10 months ago
A free world also needs to handle criticism better without making a fuckin Ted Talk about it
Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh 10 months ago
Murodbek Murodbek
Murodbek Murodbek 10 months ago
Great speach!
Raouf Benghida
Raouf Benghida 10 months ago
Keep it up
Máté Dörgő
Máté Dörgő 10 months ago
a free world needs satire ?now try drawing the Prophet
Punished Luxibelle
Punished Luxibelle 10 months ago
Ben Garrison is the most enlightened man alive
Gerdus Stolp
Gerdus Stolp 10 months ago
This guy is "the angry crowd".
Ailithic 10 months ago
Que Trump Nazis' Salute after winning, finally silencing his opponents on the podium of his inauguration surround by his most loyal supporters as the crowd, in red maga hats regails in his accomplishments. And a banner saying #NeoDemocratis
Eroticon4 10 months ago
Nice display of TDS. Well done.
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