A free world needs satire | Patrick Chappatte

  • Published on Sep 18, 2019
  • 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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Comments • 427

  • Making Games
    Making Games 3 hours 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 7 hours ago

    Warning! The following youtube comment contains satire:


  • Quo Merth
    Quo Merth 3 days ago +1

    Instead of playing "Where's Wally", we can play "Where's the Trump supporter": 1:38

  • Tony H
    Tony H 4 days 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 6 days ago +1

    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 9 days 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 10 days 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 10 days ago

    That was fucking incredible!

  • xMurrCattx
    xMurrCattx 10 days ago +1

    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 11 days ago

    “Orange man bad” crowd cheers. Lol fucking sheep

  • Real Reality
    Real Reality 12 days 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 12 days ago

    i hate political cartoons but understand his speech

  • Adil Mohammed
    Adil Mohammed 12 days ago +1

    finally the Bruce Banner Ted talk we all have been waiting for....

  • SuperGrimmy
    SuperGrimmy 12 days ago


  • Levieux Michel
    Levieux Michel 13 days 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
    KSangel180 14 days ago +2

    I cannot like this hard enough!

  • President of the Secrete Sankcake Server

    Yes,its only ok to hate and satire trump! To do otherwise is to be a bigot!

  • Virgil
    Virgil 15 days ago

    Zapiro ! ♥️

  • TommyTom
    TommyTom 15 days ago +4

    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

  • TJP projects
    TJP projects 15 days ago +7

    We need dirty jokes. We can't live in a world without them.

    • Making Games
      Making Games 2 hours ago

      It is hard to reproduce without getting a bit dirty. "Q is just a nudist O".

  • Matt Wood
    Matt Wood 15 days ago +2

    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 16 days 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 16 days ago

    Last ted vid. I'm not feeling value added to my life anymore.

    • Shaun Dreclin
      Shaun Dreclin 14 days ago

      Burying your head in the sand doesn't add value either.

  • Adam McCord
    Adam McCord 16 days ago +2

    Yo man when your mixtape coming out? This dude spit bars 🔥

  • Gabriel Gonzalez
    Gabriel Gonzalez 16 days 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 16 days ago

    Guess we should say goodbye to satire.

    KUARZOROSSO 16 days ago


    KUARZOROSSO 16 days ago

    Funny name... there is a type of bread with a foneticaly similar sound .... chapara.... a type of sub

  • NeverForget1776
    NeverForget1776 16 days ago +1

    And the public should stop "trusting" the media without question.

  • Jennifer Piper
    Jennifer Piper 16 days ago +5

    We are slowly giving up our own rights one at a time.

  • manuel campos
    manuel campos 16 days 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 17 days ago

    On it!

  • Hamish Mclaggan
    Hamish Mclaggan 17 days ago +2

    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 17 days ago +23

    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.

  • Chymist
    Chymist 17 days 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 17 days ago +8

    From India, looks the same everywhere

  • ali veli
    ali veli 17 days ago +1

    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 18 days ago +1

    Mark Ruffalo, is that you?

  • CaptainDigBick95
    CaptainDigBick95 18 days 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 18 days ago +1

    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 18 days ago +73

    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 15 days ago +6

      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
    XTsReaper 18 days ago +1

    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 18 days 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 19 days ago

    The media is the enemy of the people.

  • Dustin Saxton
    Dustin Saxton 19 days ago +4

    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 15 days 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 20 days ago +86

    When political pressure meets political correctness freedom of speech perishes.
    Patrick Chapatte.
    Fired from New York Times over political cartoons.

    • Spaced Invader
      Spaced Invader 17 days ago +5

      Small correction, it's Perishes*
      A Parish is a Christian thing.

  • Iris
    Iris 21 day ago

    Thank you.

  • Jefferson Sousa
    Jefferson Sousa 22 days ago +1

    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 22 days ago

    You spoke out where others remain silent. Kudos to you!

    • Suffer No Fools
      Suffer No Fools 16 days 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 22 days ago

    Boomer Humor Boom Boom Boooooomer

  • youngEngineer
    youngEngineer 23 days ago

    Globalist queer

  • Larry SAL
    Larry SAL 23 days 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.

  • Maria B.
    Maria B. 26 days ago +6

    This is so important.
    I couldn't help thinking about Hitchens while watching this. We need more people who can push back

  • ShelbyStellaRosa
    ShelbyStellaRosa 26 days ago

    Brilliantly eloquent.

  • Cabdullaahi Bootaan
    Cabdullaahi Bootaan 27 days ago +1

    Now, I can understand 100 dislikes. Thank you Chappatte.

  • saxonett
    saxonett 27 days ago +7

    I wondered why RU-clip not banned this as hate speech, like they usually do.

  • saxonett
    saxonett 27 days ago +4

    In Greece there was a time, just a few decades ago, when the use of "z" was not allowed. Ridiculous.

  • B Welkinator
    B Welkinator 27 days 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).