Patrick Chappatte: A free world needs satire
Using clean, simple pencil strokes, editorial cartoonist Patrick Chappatte wields globally literate and to-the-point humor on world events -- the tragic, the farcical and the absurd. Full bio
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on the global stage for the last 20 years.
happen in those 20 years.
on St. Peter's Square --
of the United States of America.
I mean -- with people like Trump?"
who is himself a caricature.
that Trump would send on Christmas Eve.
Except all those pathetic losers. So sad.]
Trump tweeted this:
including to my many enemies
and lost so badly
his personal hero, Vladimir Putin,
Give me your password.]
saying that the two of them had agreed
the things we saw over these 20 years.
a European Union exit.
we believed for a while
of the Arab Spring.
we saw others hang on.
Kim dynasty of North Korea.
straight out of Cartoon Network.
to draw two of them.
that was a very dangerous moment.
successor to the throne.
and they talk like friends.
a reflection of ourselves?
we have a lot of friends
in Silicon Valley
of political cartooning.
under King Louis Philippe,
for the freedom of the press.
but they prevailed.
of satire triumphing over autocracy.
at risk of disappearing?
Turkish opposition newspaper "Cumhuriyet."
cartoon used to appear.
to three years in jail.
in Erdoğan's Turkey.
have been forced into exile.
were taking to the streets.
is the symbol of the Syrian revolution.
cartoonist Akram Raslan,
like Nick Anderson and Rob Rogers --
(on tombstone) Truth. Honor. Rule of Law.]
found their work too critical of Trump.
to Canadian cartoonist Michael de Adder.
were born with democracy,
and other initiatives,
known -- he was the honorary chair
of American Editorial Cartoonists,
threatened, fired, exiled cartoonists.
of someone losing his job
with the "International Herald Tribune"
in a newspaper "El Expresso" in Lisbon,
at the "New York Times"
the international editions.
political cartoons altogether.
have a discussion about that cartoon.
of the worst anti-Semitic propaganda.
a harsh criticism of Trump,
the Prime Minister of Israel.
at the "New York Times."
with political cartoons in the future,
gather on social media
tend to define the conversation,
in an overwhelming blow.
scrambling for countermeasures.
for meaningful discussions.
not for debate.
our human condition in this noisy age.
of sound and fury, signifying nothing."]
Shakespeare is still very relevant, no?
a blessing and a curse for cartoons.
so they get shared, they get viral,
behind the cartoon
traditional media and social media
the time-consuming process
it's an open buffet, frankly,
of social networks on their websites.
the 10 most shared stories.
the 10 most important stories.
intimidated by social media,
being afraid of the angry mob.
the way we do on cigarette packs, are we?
you could be hiding a sex bomb]
to provoke, just like opinions.
to be thought-provoking.
is not incompatible with dialogue
in the name of political correctness.
we will wake up tomorrow
cartooning becomes impossible.
meets political correctness,
of journalists and cartoonists
extreme form of censorship:
of that satirical magazine,
those particular cartoons,
fundamental was at stake,
actually, citizens of any society --
all the ideologues of the world
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERPatrick Chappatte - Editorial cartoonist
Using clean, simple pencil strokes, editorial cartoonist Patrick Chappatte wields globally literate and to-the-point humor on world events -- the tragic, the farcical and the absurd.
Why you should listen
Patrick Chappatte is a global soul. Born in Pakistan to a Lebanese mother and a Swiss father, raised in Singapore, he has lived in New York and lives now in Geneva, Switzerland. Perhaps this explains his way of looking at world events, applying the unfettered perspective of humor to the tragic, the farcical and the absurd.
His simple line delivers pointed jokes. He draws for The International Herald Tribune (in English) and for the Swiss newspapers Le Temps (in French) and NZZ am Sonntag (in German), and in all three languages the subtle insightfulness of his cartoons consistently robs you of a laugh, or more.
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