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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Sep 18, 2019




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cragwyck c
cragwyck c 8 days 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 Month ago
Boomers are gonna love this comics
Nate Catanus
Nate Catanus Month 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 Month 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
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 2 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 2 months ago
🖍️ Thank You!
Making Games
Making Games 3 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 Official
Mortarback Official 3 months ago
Warning! The following youtube comment contains satire: 👌🏽👽🖕
Quo Merth
Quo Merth 3 months ago
Instead of playing "Where's Wally", we can play "Where's the Trump supporter": 1:38
Tony H
Tony H 3 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 .
Morgan Skinner
Morgan Skinner 3 months ago
People need agency. It shows more character when people have the option not to make their choices or to make a worse choice. Obviously, though, there is a common fallacy that just because some of something is good, a lot of it must be better. I feel like we can make a society where it's a fair balance of safety and freedom because, at the end of the day, that's mostly our concerns or what seems to me as our concerns. Society is just like a science experiment. When you don't get the result you want, you adjust the variables and do another test. There is always room for growth, there is always room for imagination and there is always room for change. I kind of like that idea, but that's just my thoughts. All in all, I really liked Patrick's talk
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.
Cromwell Cruz
Cromwell Cruz 3 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."
Theodore Kaczynski
Theodore Kaczynski 3 months ago
The Press is a cancer upon society. The Founding Fathers did not intend for you to post about fetishes and advocate child abuse. Destroy press servers and make "journalists" feel unwelcomed whenever they attempt to spout their hedonistic garbage and vitriol
Jerome Bartholomew
Jerome Bartholomew 3 months ago
That was fucking incredible!
xMurrCattx 3 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 3 months ago
“Orange man bad” crowd cheers. Lol fucking sheep
Adrew Adrew
Adrew Adrew 3 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.
shy bound
shy bound 3 months ago
i hate political cartoons but understand his speech
Adil Mohammed
Adil Mohammed 3 months ago
finally the Bruce Banner Ted talk we all have been waiting for....
SuperGrimmy 3 months ago
Levieux Michel
Levieux Michel 3 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 3 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
Virgil 3 months ago
Zapiro ! ♥️
TommyTom 3 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 16 days ago
Well it's a speech given by Chapatte after all ^^
TJP projects
TJP projects 3 months ago
We need dirty jokes. We can't live in a world without them.
Making Games
Making Games 3 months ago
It is hard to reproduce without getting a bit dirty. "Q is just a nudist O".
Matt Wood
Matt Wood 3 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 3 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 3 months ago
Last ted vid. I'm not feeling value added to my life anymore.
Shaun Dreclin
Shaun Dreclin 3 months ago
Burying your head in the sand doesn't add value either.
Adam McCord
Adam McCord 3 months ago
Yo man when your mixtape coming out? This dude spit bars 🔥
Gabriel Gonzalez
Gabriel Gonzalez 3 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 3 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 3 months ago
And the public should stop "trusting" the media without question.
Jennifer Piper
Jennifer Piper 3 months ago
We are slowly giving up our own rights one at a time.
manuel campos
manuel campos 3 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 3 months ago
On it!
Hamish Mclaggan
Hamish Mclaggan 3 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 3 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 3 months ago
Chymist 3 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 3 months ago
From India, looks the same everywhere
ali veli
ali veli 3 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 3 months ago
Mark Ruffalo, is that you?
CaptainDigBick95 3 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.
Spit Spitty
Spit Spitty 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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
Spit Spitty
Spit Spitty 3 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 3 months ago
The media is the enemy of the people.
Dustin Saxton
Dustin Saxton 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago
Small correction, it's Perishes* A Parish is a Christian thing.
Iris 3 months ago
Thank you.
Jefferson Sousa
Jefferson Sousa 3 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
You spoke out where others remain silent. Kudos to you!
Suffer No Fools
Suffer No Fools 3 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
Boomer Humor Boom Boom Boooooomer
youngEngineer 3 months ago
Globalist queer
Larry SAL
Larry SAL 3 months ago
Them leftists remembering about free-speach when their own is attacked. Coincidence
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