In full: Rowan Atkinson on free speech

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The forerunner of the Defend Free Speech campaign was called “Reform Section 5”. This speech by Rowan Atkinson at the launch event in Parliament in 2012 should be heard by every politician, journalist and campaigner before they start calling for laws to silence those they regard as ‘extremists’.

  • Look at Mr. Bean making more sense than the entire government. How did we get here?

    Name NameName Name12 цагийн өмнө
  • This guy actually has 178 IQ hes a super genius

    Mr MacawMr Macaw13 цагийн өмнө
  • Free speech is subjective, look at BBC recently, making a joke bout the queen.

    Jay LondonJay London15 цагийн өмнө
  • Looking at me in a funny way. So you don't know the way to France either! Bugger!

    LondontennistubeLondontennistube17 цагийн өмнө
  • The guy is a hipocrite.

    michael sorensenmichael sorensen23 цагийн өмнө
  • So I suppose he can Insult the monarch and call her the most disgusting disrespectful names Under the Sun???? To us that is not free speech, nor is making caricatures pictures of holy leaders. If any faith....

    Ben NevisBen NevisӨдрийн өмнө
  • I got a warning from FB - and left FB as a consequence- as someone reported me for saying that the UK with Brexit stabbed the EU in the back. Obviously I now understand that I was wrong - we weren’t only stabbed in the back, but we were also betrayed. There’s nothing more ‘insulting’ than the truth, right?

    G RG RӨдрийн өмнө
  • Oxygen of publicity - he is educated alright! I accept. 😀😂

    Anuj FalconAnuj Falcon2 өдрийн өмнө

    The ExtinctThe Extinct4 өдрийн өмнө
  • Now you want idiots like sasha baron wanting more government control...

    ca dirgemontca dirgemont4 өдрийн өмнө
  • A substantial and logical response to the idiots that’s to weak to absorb disagreement to their opinion. Grew some kahunas you snowflake lot.

    johann coetzeejohann coetzee5 өдрийн өмнө
  • Hero.

    Sterling ArcherSterling Archer6 өдрийн өмнө
  • Um were already at free thought

    Jeremy CorrinJeremy Corrin6 өдрийн өмнө
  • Never met a friendly Chinese person unless im handing money over then it is all smiles

    tomtom7 өдрийн өмнө
  • I totally agree that freedom of speech is a fundamental right however it must be used with caution to others. Respect one another is equally important.

    Evo KEvo K7 өдрийн өмнө
  • Rowan Atkinson for prime minister.

    internetguyinternetguy7 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thank God for forcing the algorithms to recommend this. It is really suitable for the pandemic and censorship we found ourselves in 2021.

    Tekaai KaewanitiTekaai Kaewaniti8 өдрийн өмнө
  • I absolutely love how there is 2400 people who think that what he is saying is wrong. I love it.

    Donovan FourieDonovan Fourie8 өдрийн өмнө
  • If the UK ever becomes a republic, Rowan’s a good candidate for president.

    Johnny WorzelJohnny Worzel9 өдрийн өмнө
  • Hey...I didn't know Mr Bean could talk?

    David G ODavid G O9 өдрийн өмнө
  • What the hell is this . Can anyone be as sensible as this . I simply hope someone listens.

    Paul EramoPaul Eramo9 өдрийн өмнө
  • In my opinion, Rowan Atkinson should be the last person to talk about freedom of speech. He's taking it as an excuse or advantage to protect his job. That's what he does for living. He entertain people by lampooning our Lord Jesus Christ and his mother the Holy Marry and he makes a lot of money with this ridiculous and abusive behavior towards our Lords. And he kept on justifying it as a freedom of speech.

    Ziyad BahjajZiyad Bahjaj10 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Ben Nevis Jesus Christ and his mother, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, etc(peace be upon them all) are much more holy than being an entertainment for those atheists who doesn't have anything holy in their lives. That's what am trying to say.

      Ziyad BahjajZiyad BahjajӨдрийн өмнө
    • He insult religion. Jesus peace be upon him is a prophet and not lord. A human like you and I.

      Ben NevisBen NevisӨдрийн өмнө

  • Scary times, who tf dislikes this, if you dislike this you can suck on a tail pipe imo

    Kristjan BergmannKristjan Bergmann11 өдрийн өмнө
  • Mr Bean is saying that the essence of his thesis is "More Speech". I kid, Rowan Atkinson presents his case exceptionally well.

    KingfisherKingfisher11 өдрийн өмнө
  • It seems white males do the most moaning about free speech

    Dave willetDave willet12 өдрийн өмнө
  • He is a learned man and it reflects in his works. I love this man.

    gokar ribagokar riba13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Great speech by a great man!

    christophert91christophert9113 өдрийн өмнө
  • He acts like a fool in his shows but speaks some of the wisest words I've ever heard

    savish ksksavish ksk14 өдрийн өмнө
  • Why do our politician seem to listen exclusively to idiots, snowflakes and "victims" of imagined injustice, when rational thinking and common sense offer much smarter alternatives?

    F. D.F. D.14 өдрийн өмнө
  • Great speech but you can tell the Scottish didn't listen with their latest hate speech laws that are even worse than what Mr Bean was arguing about. I pray that in May Scotland will wake up and kick out the SNP. I know they don't all like the conservatives but the conservatives were the only party that voted against the hate speech law.

    Martin GibbsMartin Gibbs14 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Ben Nevis Of course there was no referendum neither Scotland or England were true democracies back then. The countries were ruled by the desires of like only 3% of the population but common people were generally content (ignorance is bliss) it wasn't until common people were educated for the good of the ruling class that they started to get ideas and be discontent with how representation worked. Lets face it even today about 30% or more (depending on region) of the population that are registered voters don't care enough about politics to actually bother to cast their vote. Northern Ireland is the worst turn out region in the entire UK something like 40% don't vote. If you don't vote you can't be angry when MPs do something you don't like. If Scotland wants to truly become independent I will support them I just want them to remember a few things. One they currently publicly spend £2000 per person more than they take-in in taxes those figures are from the Scottish government not Westminster. Two that England/UK gave the EU decades of warnings that reforms were needed and that we weren't happy before we left the EU. The UK did try to reform the EU from the inside even many remainers recognised that there are legitimate problems with how the EU works that's why there are anti EU movements in most EU countries. I just hope that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can give brexit a fair chance with a reasonable time period to see how we fair independent of the EU.

      Martin GibbsMartin GibbsӨдрийн өмнө
    • I hope Scotland becomes INDEPENDENT like it was before 1707. Those people in 1707 never had a Referendum to join a union.

      Ben NevisBen NevisӨдрийн өмнө
  • So Mr bean will you please stand for parliament? You know it makes sense,

    Nick CoppardNick Coppard15 өдрийн өмнө
    • He is being created as Lord Blackadder.

      General Sir Alan Gordon CunninghamGeneral Sir Alan Gordon Cunningham15 өдрийн өмнө
  • I had a similar conversation with two mates the other day about free speech that ended less than agreeing. My stance is you should be able to say what you want no matter how offensive you may find it otherwise its not free its limited speech. My examples were Galileo saying the Earth revolves around the sun, saying god is not real, transsexual women are not women, evolution is true not creation. All of those cause offence but should people be stopped from saying them? To which i was given so someone should be able to say "i hate black people" I responded yes but he refused to listen to any justification. I dont agree with some one saying it, i dont support the statement personally and i would encourage him to justify that statement but i support the rite for that person to state his belief because if you say he cant say what he feels then its just a slope into censorship as more gets added and you end up like china and the middle east. Imagine a world where you could not say black and white you have equal worth being offensive because those in power have decided it offensive.

    bugatti1075bugatti107515 өдрийн өмнө
  • Most people pee. Usually teenager public broadcast.

    Venkat BabuVenkat Babu15 өдрийн өмнө
  • Funny this hypocrite hasn't said anything since. Only when muslims are being demonized out he comes.

    Asghar BukhariAsghar Bukhari15 өдрийн өмнө
  • What once was a satire, now became a sick reality...

    Misio PuchatekMisio Puchatek15 өдрийн өмнө
  • Sounds just like any other anglo neoliberal

    The 80's WolfThe 80's Wolf15 өдрийн өмнө
  • 10 years later: thank you Mr. Atkinson, thank you! We must all keep on fighting for the free word as Humour, with capital H, the most human attribute, is severely endangered!

    enigma riderenigma rider16 өдрийн өмнө
  • Unfortunately since this vid was first published, it has gotten worse...

    3ND 4TOM1C3ND 4TOM1C16 өдрийн өмнө
  • Seems particularly relevant now...

    Hannah KroonHannah Kroon16 өдрийн өмнө
  • Wow brilliant... Love him

    brian palmerbrian palmer16 өдрийн өмнө
  • Lovely fluffy speckled Jim 👍

    Deformed nut SackDeformed nut Sack16 өдрийн өмнө
  • Speaking about Free speech of All kind. Is the future

    Ross CrawfordRoss Crawford16 өдрийн өмнө
  • If you believe in freedom of speech, you can’t possibly be a democrat. I would hope that Rowan atkinson is sickened by the banning of Trump from Twitter....but I wouldn’t hold my breath

    dogeymon83dogeymon8316 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Jussi Eronen What’s your point?

      dogeymon83dogeymon833 өдрийн өмнө
    • This was two years ago. Nothing to do with Trump and his Twitter.

      Jussi EronenJussi Eronen3 өдрийн өмнө
  • Legend

    Harvey StewartHarvey Stewart17 өдрийн өмнө
  • Wathever Mr. Bean says, I respect

    BillyJoe CobraBillyJoe Cobra17 өдрийн өмнө
  • According to google nothing has changed as of March 2021. You can still be breaking the law by offending someone (Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986) :/

    DTR productionsDTR productions17 өдрийн өмнө
  • His english is so clear, pleasure to hear.

    Attila HalcsikAttila Halcsik17 өдрийн өмнө
  • 1984

    James CraigheadJames Craighead17 өдрийн өмнө
  • I am sorry to bring up such a political topic, But over the last year many things have been said that have resulted in grievous physical harm to the Asian community, I see the sense that freedom of speech needs to be protected but even more so I see that this freedom of speech resulted in death and harm for people innocent of any wrong doing. How do we protect people from those that are willing to act on the hate speech from a powerful leader. It's sad that words can do so much damage. Would love to hear others thoughts.

    TalonTalon17 өдрийн өмнө
  • Both liberals and conservatives are against free speech when it suits them.

    Stefan GogStefan Gog18 өдрийн өмнө
  • Free speech is all about tolerating unpopular views. Otherwise what's the point?

    CharlieCharlie19 өдрийн өмнө
  • This new intolerance masquerading as enlightenment is a product of the internet. That's because social media has given a platform to every malcontent who's personal neuroses wouldn't get public attention without it. Now we've arrived at the point where every conceivable fetish-inspired delusion becomes law. This is just the beginning of the war on sanity. And as usual, things will get far worse before they get better. Brace yourselves!

    CharlieCharlie19 өдрийн өмнө
  • You know if I had ever been able to become cool the way I wanted, I wouldn't have said anything. I'm not so dumb that I didn't get it. Oh ok so maybe I would want to be the super sleek sneak, not that I would want to share his moral reasoning.

    QQminusSQQminusS19 өдрийн өмнө
  • I'm paused at 6 minutes exactly; that's pretty much what John Stossel said in numerous reports on shows such as *20/20* whenever free-speech matters were being discussed: "The best antidote to 'hate' speech is *MORE* speech!"

    SuperPat88SuperPat8821 өдрийн өмнө
  • Very smart man Rowan. I hadn't heard of the 'Outrage Industry' before but it is exactly what is happening in the UK. I as an old Englishman will continue to outrage people who enjoy being outraged.

    Roger TurnerRoger Turner22 өдрийн өмнө
  • It seems we are now living in the realms of those who only want their pc opinions to be heard & those who don't comply will have their voice censored ! I will fight such utter tosh with every bone in my old body, as the silent majority are being undermined as never before. My generation was brought up to stand up for themselves, not go whining to the authorities !

    Old CrowOld Crow22 өдрийн өмнө
  • I don't get it (I'm from another country) is this in response to many arrests due to people insulting others?

    Maria Soledad VazquezMaria Soledad Vazquez23 өдрийн өмнө
    • And the restriction of free speech, you often for example cant make jokes people might find offensive etc

      Pro Ghost BustersPro Ghost Busters20 өдрийн өмнө
  • He's definitely right and kind of wrong... Racism and homofobia don't fall on the same category as mere insults. Not understanding it shows an incapability of putting one self in another's shoe. Both forms of prejudice are so deeply embedded in our societies, along with male sexism, that it's silly to pretend it's not there and to dismiss it as personal business that one should learn to just shoulder off. Obviously it's a very complicated issue and I'm definitely not defending any kind of law that permit the state to so easily arrest someone, I'm just pointing out that the issue is not so simple.

    Gabriel Fernandes SteimbruchGabriel Fernandes Steimbruch23 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Pro Ghost Busters I tend to agree, my point is that it's a far more complicated problem to be so simply dismissed.

      Gabriel Fernandes SteimbruchGabriel Fernandes Steimbruch19 өдрийн өмнө
    • I mean, saying something like the n word is obviously very wrong and one will be ridiculed for saying but making it a legal matter is stupid af. BBC put an advisory message before a blackadder episode because in edmund referred to people of color as "chocos", imagine that being punishable xd

      Pro Ghost BustersPro Ghost Busters20 өдрийн өмнө
  • Calling a police horse gay 🤣

    Charles HowieCharles Howie24 өдрийн өмнө
  • A 'supposition' can't be considered as fact unless it can be proven that the supposition is 'fact based' - I suppose the planet Knebble exists and the lizard masters hob-knob there (rubbing their scales together and licking their eyes)??

  • Just say; "I suppose" before any factual release - or "Maybe... "..

  • Before Mr Bean, Rowan Atkinson was an Electrical Engineer.

    Ed VictoryEd Victory24 өдрийн өмнө
  • Do you understand now Rowan? Why Americans love their second Amendment?

    SnakeybakeySnakeybakey24 өдрийн өмнө
  • Rowan Atkinson is for free speech. Does this mean he is a Nazi now?

    SnakeybakeySnakeybakey24 өдрийн өмнө
  • Free speech never has existed and never will exist. The right to say absolutely ANYTHING without ANY consequence, legal or otherwise, is a pipe dream. If you deem threats of physical, social, and economic harm as infringements of free speech, then I am not sure what to say. I agree with what he is saying but I can see how certain limits on people's speech have to be installed for a more peaceful and less anarchist society. I am not saying that it is right or wrong. I am just saying that I can see the sense in it.

    Sydney LoumSydney Loum24 өдрийн өмнө
  • Guess what! They only keep doubling down on the same path. They don't give a shit of what you say.

    uniuseruniuser24 өдрийн өмнө
  • Unfortunately the parody in the NOT THE NINE OCLOCK NEWS comedy series has become reality.

    Peter FentonPeter Fenton25 өдрийн өмнө
  • 2021 policeman kills woman , all men must pay ....

    Roger MooreRoger Moore25 өдрийн өмнө

    Spodi GonzalesSpodi Gonzales25 өдрийн өмнө
  • Spot on Mr Atkins excellent commentary . And thank you for all the wonderful laughter you brought me in my life including the sketch about the black man being arrested for walking on cracks .

    Snidely WhiplashSnidely Whiplash26 өдрийн өмнө
  • who's watching this in 2020 ? Crazy how everything has been flipped on its head. Radical people and government corporations are destroying free speech with the support of the "woke" people who blow it out of proportion. Evil vile people who don't even know the destruction they have on society. Keep your morals folks don't be a sheep don't give into peer pressure to please morals of others who's only goal is to destroy your moral codes.

    KyleGreenZAKyleGreenZA26 өдрийн өмнө
  • It seems like the people are keen to laugh even when RA wasn't making any jokes. In fact most of his speech was incredible serious and important. God help the west if this authoritarianism continues unchecked and without a unending battle.

    jk1776jk177626 өдрийн өмнө
  • Yes.

    H YH Y26 өдрийн өмнө
  • Mr Atkinson speaks from the point of view of a millionaire white man. If he were a Muslim Black woman, who takes crap every day from people who see her as an easy target, then he may see it from a different perspective. This just shows that he has no empathy or understanding for victims of harassment and intimidation. Not so funny Mr Bean.

    Mat BrittonMat Britton26 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Vesterpester I've not called him any names. Just saying as I see it. Sometimes you have to check yourself and look down the other end of the telescope. If you don't know what I mean then that only reflects your own capability for empathy and humility.

      Mat BrittonMat Britton22 өдрийн өмнө
    • Sticks and stones

      VesterpesterVesterpester22 өдрийн өмнө
  • Well said. Thank you for being the voice of unity and reason

    Vel Tien-Yun WuVel Tien-Yun Wu27 өдрийн өмнө
  • where are all these pussy comics now when we need them.

    Cornelius HFCCornelius HFC27 өдрийн өмнө
  • I started laughing right at the start, sounded like the lead up to a class joke

    Conor O'ConnellConor O'Connell27 өдрийн өмнө
  • why does it feel like he's about to crack a joke after every sentence? 😂

    Muaad SuculeMuaad Sucule28 өдрийн өмнө
  • Depends on the insult. Call a Black man the N word or a coon or a sambo and I expect him to beat your head in. Normally most racists know not to use their free speech that way in front of large groups of Black Men. Presumably that is not Woke or Political correctness, just a natural realization that if you go around using your freedom of speech in certain ways you're liable to get called out on it. Going into the Kilburn National in London with a bowler hat and an orange sash shouting Fenian bastards is a form of freedom of speech that is unlikely to end well for that particular person. Is that woke? Not sure they'd know what that means in either the Kilburn National or Harlesden or Brixton. Just that mouthy white middle class men should steer their opinions well clear of such areas.

    myroseaccountmyroseaccount28 өдрийн өмнө
  • I never knew mr.bean was so eloquent. lol

    Irvin TangIrvin Tang29 өдрийн өмнө
  • And those who disliked this video can now urgently go fuck themselves

    Translation MultigiftTranslation Multigift29 өдрийн өмнө
  • I truly don't understand disliking such content. What do you people have for brains?

    just devjust dev29 өдрийн өмнө
  • The face he makes describing the incident of the man arrested in Oxford perfectly sums up how ludicrous that story is. Shit, what if it WAS a gay horse? lol

    Ricky SandersRicky Sanders29 өдрийн өмнө
  • Idiot. Misunderstanding the paradox of tolerance doesn't make you sound smart, it makes it obvious you are poorly researched and intellectually-bereft.

    Reiji SaitoReiji Saito29 өдрийн өмнө
  • "Trumped up" - sneaky wordplay.

    Cereal KillerCereal Killer29 өдрийн өмнө
  • It is extremely scary that a genius of comedy felt that his work isn't getting through to people anymore and decided to take a direct approach.

    EnNarr91EnNarr91Сарын өмнө
  • Surely then we should be pooling resources to ensure a roof over people's head and food in their mouth, if its up there with free speech?

    Liszt DylanLiszt DylanСарын өмнө
  • I think we should be allowed to freely express ourselves. But insulting someone or a larger group should be investigated by court. It shouldn’t be made easy to insult people. Otherwise it would encourage people to do so and the society will eventually decline in manners and behavior.

    ꧁محمد بن عمر قاسم - ᗰOᕼᗩᗰᗰᗩᗪ Kᗩᔕᗴᗰ꧂꧁محمد بن عمر قاسم - ᗰOᕼᗩᗰᗰᗩᗪ Kᗩᔕᗴᗰ꧂Сарын өмнө
  • never liked mr bean, but its funny how it takes a person who plays someone without speech to defend free speech

    Kilyan Austin WieremaKilyan Austin WieremaСарын өмнө
  • Clearly 2.3k offended muppets

    claire launayclaire launayСарын өмнө
  • I never saw this at the time, but by golly it's almost like Nostradamus making a prophecy! As an older bloke I totally agree with what Rowan Atkinson is saying here. Personal responsibility is what is sorely missing these days.

    Darren Fish McFish FlynnDarren Fish McFish FlynnСарын өмнө
  • This is so weird I never imagined him go talk . Like ever

    Navjeet SinghNavjeet SinghСарын өмнө
  • 2nd most precious thing in life is MEDICINE 💊 not free speech fucken donut with no jam 😡

    kufa pennantkufa pennantСарын өмнө
  • I used to think like that as well but then I realized the monstrous impact that nazi and other radical and prejudice-heavy speeches can have in our society. Even today we see neo nazis still roaming the streets openly and with great pride and I ask you exactly this: Should we allow freedom to speeches that are inherently wrong and harmful for other people's freedom? I don't think that allowing these people to hate other races and incite war against them will help society in any way shape or form as we do not possess the power to counter-argument every single person in existence and it is inevitable that hate speeches will draw in many listeners as long as we allow them to happen for the good of "Free Speech" for all. I see this topic just like freedom in general: If you use your freedom to limit other people's (like a murderer, robber or rapist), then you are the antithesis of freedom itself. Just like criminals cannot be allowed to act in their ways we also cannot allow any speech that motivates violence or repression to do as they please.

    Felipe DermannFelipe DermannСарын өмнө
  • I salute you Rowan Atkinson.

    Michael PetrovichMichael PetrovichСарын өмнө
  • 1984 was supposed to be a warning not an instruction manual ... ! In solidarity with the fighters for love, freedom, justice and truth, here is our way of protest. SHUTDOWN 2020: There is more music on our channel ... Greetings from Germany ... CLUB DER UNZENSIERTEN DICHTER

    Club der unzensierten DichterClub der unzensierten DichterСарын өмнө
  • Remember, any entity, clergy, organizations or persons who claims to have given you certain "human rights" legislatively by default have taken over your personhood, and claim you as their subjects. When they say, they'll fight for your "rights", be careful. They may be claiming ownership of your God given freedom or "freedom of conscience" to speak your mind.

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  • Bang on

    game ramgame ramСарын өмнө
  • Why are all the comments so recent on this decade old video? Why wasn't this widely seen when it was relevant? It's not like anyone would have benefited from people not seeing this over the last few years is it?

    Mephilis 78Mephilis 78Сарын өмнө