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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’.

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2018 15 اوت





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Jordan Will
Jordan Will پیش 32 دقیقه
Another Douglas Murray wannabe covering the far right and distracting people towards a few far left nutjobs. What a joke. No one believes we shouldn't have freedom of speech. Stick to your Mr Bean skits because they are just as much of a joke as your political views except they're funny.
Baby Yoda
Baby Yoda پیش ساعت
flow repins666
flow repins666 پیش ساعت
sadly the left won and we cant even have free comments here now let alone free spech
jim king
jim king پیش 2 ساعت
Nothing more disgusting than an anti fascist fascist !!!
Patrick Balfe
Patrick Balfe پیش 2 ساعت
I agree generally with your sentiment. I love your comedy in your own inimitable style. but free speech cannot be orchestrated by any one. I would defend Rowans discussion .
Robert Bennett
Robert Bennett پیش 3 ساعت
Free speech applied to Britain but not to the subjects of it's evil empire.
Jack Meoff
Jack Meoff پیش 3 ساعت
The nutters are in charge of the asylum only for the apathy of people like Mr. Atkinson but who choose to suffer silently disgusted and outraged not have any kind of public input.
Incognito Dance
Incognito Dance پیش 4 ساعت
brilliant "feel free to insult me"
Akins Josh
Akins Josh پیش 4 ساعت
You can never give offense, you can only take it.
ManWithBeard1990 پیش 4 ساعت
Perhaps the most eloquent way to tell the world to grow a pair.
Mr Elba
Mr Elba پیش 4 ساعت
Ugh....This is where this argument fucks up. When you misunderstand being offended because of something you have done rather than what you are born as. Shitting on people because of their race, or sexuality or anything else that is inherent to EXISTENCE is very different to saying Islam is garbage. People think that shitting on skin colour is making a judgement based on a personal choice, but those opinions cause MENTAL HARM to people, equal to that of a physical assault and lead to self-harm and suicide, of which are EQUALLY as damaging as any ABH or GBH. If you can't tell the difference, or you think it's OK to degrade the very right to exist with perpetual abuse, then you do not understand "free speech" at all.
Scout Rifle
Scout Rifle پیش 6 ساعت
Never thought I'd say this, but Mr. Bean for President!
witchy_psycho پیش 7 ساعت
this is the first time i hear him speak
andrew turner
andrew turner پیش 8 ساعت
The mans a visionary, look at us now!! Great words Mr Bean.
Mike R
Mike R پیش 8 ساعت
You know the old saying... When good men do nothing.... As for the Obama line, Mr Obama was one of the most horrendous American presidents on free speech. He spied on Americans and media personnel.
Rob Ert
Rob Ert پیش 8 ساعت
The way I see it it depends on the person say for example u say something to a disabled person as a joke they take it as a joke but say the same joke to a diff disabled person they may take offence to it ..fair enough apologise and move on u don't need to go to court over it same with gays straight black white Chinese Polish etc....except gingers they deserve it 🤣
steves whirld
steves whirld پیش 7 ساعت
PurpleDevil R
PurpleDevil R پیش 9 ساعت
This is where autism, Aspergers and ADHD help give an objective view of the world. Natural things aren’t necessarily good, the current prevalence of democracy was not fated, two views on the other side of any spectrum can be compatible both in a group and individual.
S Ross
S Ross پیش 10 ساعت
Well said!!!!! Good thing there is freedom of speech otherwise you may have been arrested for your speech.
James Bond
James Bond پیش 11 ساعت
Yes this country is becoming it's own enemy, we need free speech they are only words. Sticks and stone may break our bones but words will never hurt us.
Scott Martin
Scott Martin پیش 11 ساعت
All the people who disliked this video are total and utter morons who have no clue what their acquiesce is going to enable. Just absolute idiots
Scott Martin
Scott Martin پیش 12 ساعت
Legend and he’s spot on. Good on him
Boobowa Amos
Boobowa Amos پیش 13 ساعت
Intolerance makes prisoners of ourselves
Gatescan feckoff
Gatescan feckoff پیش 13 ساعت
United Nations Agenda 21 and The Great Reset
Nathan Croucher
Nathan Croucher پیش 15 ساعت
That was refreshing
raymond gilbert
raymond gilbert پیش 15 ساعت
Well said Mr A !!
usman1995ful پیش 15 ساعت
Feel free to insult jews.
steves whirld
steves whirld پیش 7 ساعت
kim402 son4
kim402 son4 پیش 15 ساعت
Rowan Atkinson for Prime Minister ❤
lone wolf
lone wolf پیش 16 ساعت
My childhood hero, and my new revolutionary hero. The problem is if you don't have a PhD or are famous no one will listen to you
jack black
jack black پیش 16 ساعت
and u cant do that anymore they will call u racist, sexist, bully, troll, homophobic they make up a word an label you so u feel ashamed and they silence you so next time you dont want to express yourself u have to just keep silent and take it but clearly nothing has changed but got worse with this scammdemic bs lockdowns and crap enough is enough we should stand up and fight disobey their labels and new world order
Lucy Fur
Lucy Fur پیش 16 ساعت
2.3k leftwing neo fascists dislike this!
Zadeify پیش 17 ساعت
Glad not every celebrity appeals to the SJWs just to keep their public image intact.
Kate Ritchie
Kate Ritchie پیش 17 ساعت
Of course just let bullying, harassment, victimisation rule. Education and consequences are more important than the freedom of speech. You have just lost all credibility Rowan in my book
Kate Ritchie
Kate Ritchie پیش 17 ساعت
WTF is this s comedy sketch?
steves whirld
steves whirld پیش 7 ساعت
well i thought it was funny
J Rotherham
J Rotherham پیش 17 ساعت
What a well spoken man. Incredibly intelligent.
Peter Phillips
Peter Phillips پیش 20 ساعت
Mr Bean can Talk???
Andy Jarman
Andy Jarman پیش 23 ساعت
Democratically elected police commissioners are where the rot set in. Just as the unelected upper house has been the only house to resist asexual language being foisted onto a maternity leave bill. Cervic Havers, chest feeders and menstraters indeed.
Cristinact پیش روز
Incredible to see this video has more than two thousand dislikes...It should have nought
Joel Mirkin
Joel Mirkin پیش روز
What a breath of fresh air
norman mckenna
norman mckenna پیش روز
rowan is erroneous that freedom of antonyms is erroneous, ffs it like black adder,lol
Alfie پیش روز
Very well said, even though he built his career on not speaking, he speaks better than the fucking government.
FlashyLight پیش روز
Amazing speech
Martin White
Martin White پیش روز
Sir Black Adder a great comedy hero amongst other fine characters! He has my respect. Intelligent and true!
Indeed پیش روز
Imagine this.. many people consider this as violence
Andre Lampitt
Andre Lampitt پیش روز
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. I learnt that at nursery school..... seems know one in the UK knows that....
Mike383HK پیش روز
ReFraggled_80s پیش روز
Thins have gone so low and crazy, that only comedians can say simple very serious truths
Irene Johnston
Irene Johnston پیش 4 ساعت
Like the king's fool or court jester. Exposed man's folly, even the king's, in the name of entertaining diversion
Deep Waters
Deep Waters پیش روز
Gates bought up all the Farm Land so good luck with that food in your mouth part.
Honkey Bear
Honkey Bear پیش روز
He is very correct on freedom of expression, it is a right, we are born with it, it involves no other person combining their effort to provide it...housing and food? not so much
Filipo Pines
Filipo Pines پیش روز
All those 2.3k who disliked this are nothing but morons.
Void 007
Void 007 پیش روز
A real toff!
No Face
No Face پیش 6 ساعت
Susan OShea
Susan OShea پیش روز
How can ANYONE give this a thumbs down, the 2.3K that did must be insane! Does that offend anyone?
Peaky_Blinder پیش روز
And the media hate free speech and so do the police.
William Archibald
William Archibald پیش روز
Mr Bean ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️👍👍👍👍👌👌👌👌👌
Micheal Doherty
Micheal Doherty پیش روز
Rowan for pm
Paul Bradley
Paul Bradley پیش روز
the only extremists are the arseholes that want to silence you when you dont agree with them or tell them the truth.
lynne ivison
lynne ivison پیش روز
here here
شاه محمد إبراهيم بن العامر
Funny people I find are generally highly intelligent.
Bill Griffiths
Bill Griffiths پیش روز
He missed Mr Winston Koďogo's charge of walking around with an offensive Wife.
Jackie Thomas
Jackie Thomas پیش روز
If people can’t see this I think we are f......D
colby piercy
colby piercy پیش 2 روز
Tbh, I completely agree with him, I got in criminal trouble for speaking out on social media against my bullies and my school for not helping... I was cited under the 2013 defamation act as I used some insults to describe both the school and the bully, for me being beaten up daily and nothing being done... But because the posts went viral around school I was not only suspended for a term I was also forced to meet the local police constable who threatened to arrest me if I ever said anything like that again, as an autistic child who was crying out for help, this pushed me further into a. Depression
Jon the Baptist
Jon the Baptist پیش روز
That sounds a terrible time. One thing I hate is bullies, I was bullied at high school. I hope you realize not everyone is your enemy and grow stronger because of this.
root mcc
root mcc پیش 2 روز
mr bean started the rona lol
Andre Cailloux
Andre Cailloux پیش 2 روز
Well you're not getting it back. You let it go do to complacency. We have the same thing in the States. We'll get to your level of censorship eventually. Liberty is a muscle and when not exercised will atrophy. "Government is not eloquent, it is not reasonable. It is force and like fire it makes a dangerous servant and a fearful master". George Washington.
mrr Glass
mrr Glass پیش 2 روز
You either have free speech or you do not have free speech. There are no stipulations to free speech.
Luke Mustafa
Luke Mustafa پیش 2 روز
Wibble ✏️✏️
Alastair Hunter
Alastair Hunter پیش 2 روز
Brilliant!!! Thanks Rowan...
Peter 89
Peter 89 پیش 2 روز
Fck P.C.
Fergus Moonshine
Fergus Moonshine پیش 2 روز
The right are tolerant of other people's views, the left are intolerant of anyone they disagree with and will do whatever is necessary to belittle, attack and silence them. Hence why we have a problem.
Tomasz Kiełtyka
Tomasz Kiełtyka پیش 2 روز
That's completely wrong and is grossly oversimplifying the subject, in order to favourably show your side, while demonizing the opposition. There are people on the left that are just like how you described the right, and vice versa.
M S پیش 2 روز
Try to crush free speech and you'll quickly learn the hard way it's not happening.
Jesse Richards
Jesse Richards پیش 2 روز
This is the most i have heard mr. Bean talk 🤓
Puma پیش 2 روز
If I link to this speach in another IRitemvideo the comment gets erased.
Jim Light
Jim Light پیش 2 روز
Well said Rowan. Facebook and Twitter are a blight on society as they control the " news and comments" out there .People who get offended by the smallest funny remark or opinion have no sense of humour. They need to get a life !
Tomasz Kiełtyka
Tomasz Kiełtyka پیش 2 روز
To be fair, Twitter and Facebook are both private companies. (Although I do think that due to their status of being social media, they should not ban anything that is not outwardly illegal.)
Allan Chalmers
Allan Chalmers پیش 2 روز
This is the most intelligent thing av heard.
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woman punched unconscious at speakers corner by a muslim man cos he didn't like what she said. Time to ban the hate of islam . iritem.info/cd/fy-lm-h-y/qMqidN_f1nbcgps.html
michal kostrej
michal kostrej پیش 2 روز
whoever disliked this is a complete horse gay.
outlawrickenbacker پیش 2 روز
The man deserves a monument dedicated in his honour... As if the evil 'Lefties' would ever have that.
The Halo Scrolls
The Halo Scrolls پیش 2 روز
It seems that whenever silent comedians like mr bean and Charlie Chaplin actually speak, their words are wiser than any others
Warforged پیش 2 روز
I really hate the term "minorities" for one thing, Caucasian people are a "minority" globally, for another they are not some homogenous lump of people they are made up of many cultures and creeds just like every other group of Humans, furthermore the term "minority" is now used to justify and promote discriminatory principles and actions based on those principles as long as it is a "minority" that is benefiting and the evil "majority" is rightly penalised regardless of the specific innocence or guilt of any particular member. All as long as those being penalised are Caucasian of course, anything else would be racism.
Jon Sid
Jon Sid پیش 2 روز
Atkinson mocks, but no doubt he wouldn't be so dismissive if it was his horse that was subjected to such a vile homophobic attack.
Dennis C. Nolasco
Dennis C. Nolasco پیش 2 روز
Here here!
DrummerlovesBookworm پیش 2 روز
2020 They barred the President of the United States from all social media and think it’s a good thing. We’re fuc*ed.
Tim Neal
Tim Neal پیش روز
it is. He wasn't exercising the freedom of expression, he was using the podium of the Whitehouse to incite and spread lies and disinformation. Freedom of expression is not the freedom from the consequences of it. Facebook and Twitter both have terms of conduct and use, he exceeded those terms multiple times and caused actual real harm. Facebook and Twitter both used their Freedom to express themselves.
Benjamin Isakov
Benjamin Isakov پیش 2 روز
"I feel offended by not finding anything offensive in this speech!" 🤦🏻‍♂️ People must remember how much we fought for the freedoms that are taken away one by one now!
Alex Air
Alex Air پیش 2 روز
This asshole had no problem censoring Trump. So fuck you.
Tomasz Kiełtyka
Tomasz Kiełtyka پیش 2 روز
What? When did he censor Trump?
Kath Forbes
Kath Forbes پیش 3 روز
Fact checking is the new Ministry of Truth 💩💩💩
Valeen 78
Valeen 78 پیش 3 روز
I'm sorry, isn't true that certain speech in the UK is considered a hate speech and can get your prosecuted? How about saying something about someone that might or might not be true? Wouldn't that you in bind with libel laws?
mac gore
mac gore پیش 3 روز
Never mentioned Islam
Tomasz Kiełtyka
Tomasz Kiełtyka پیش 2 روز
. . .y-yeah? This is about free speech, not Islam.
nighTmare پیش 3 روز
Hey lefties, the ones who want free speech restricted, there would be no gay rights, women's rights, animal rights etc etc without free speech in the first place....
nighTmare پیش 9 ساعت
@Tomasz Kiełtyka and I never said it wasn't... But the fact remains this is about the UK.
Tomasz Kiełtyka
Tomasz Kiełtyka پیش 9 ساعت
@nighTmare Fun Fact: Free Speech is not exclusively a UK thing
nighTmare پیش 9 ساعت
@Tomasz Kiełtyka it should have been obvious ffs, it is a British comedian talking about the UK...
Tomasz Kiełtyka
Tomasz Kiełtyka پیش 9 ساعت
@nighTmare You never said we were talking about the UK. I am not from the UK, nor am I familiar with their political landscape, so I cannot comment on that.
nighTmare پیش 10 ساعت
@Tomasz Kiełtyka We're talking about the UK... I will ask again, can you name any individual?
moist_nana پیش 3 روز
Joy Salvador
Joy Salvador پیش 3 روز
Obama has changed his tune now. We have to stand up to those bullies or else we are enabling them.
Limey Turtle
Limey Turtle پیش 3 روز
Unfortunately our cowardly politicians just aren't listening. And 2300 people disliked this? WT actual F
Max S
Max S پیش 3 روز
Wow. , where has freedom of speech and freedom of movement gone? Even rowen said children mix with germs to build immunity ! Where is Rowen now ? Standing up and speaking for freedom of speech 💬?
HW veteran
HW veteran پیش 3 روز
Imagine if some (communist) society and you have no free speech, BUT if you say ANYTHING, NOBODY would give a single tinyest sh¡t.
110 110
110 110 پیش 3 روز
Administration, legislation, judicial and media have decayed already in USA now.
Godexists Lowerfield
Godexists Lowerfield پیش 3 روز
Protect the bean at all costs..
DutchyNo.1 پیش 3 روز
80% of all convictions are for minor offences. Generating themselves revenue is what the police seem to be about!!
Sam Kulik
Sam Kulik پیش 3 روز
Here in 2021. Now we know the Democrat controlled government wants their version of section 5. I mean... It seems the social media giants already made up their minds.
Tomasz Kiełtyka
Tomasz Kiełtyka پیش 2 روز
Hah. Republicans and Democrats are two sides of the same coin, mate.
Sam Kulik
Sam Kulik پیش 3 روز
For those who didnt know. Mr. Bean graduated Oxford. His IQ is 178. Considered in the 0.1% of geniuses
Noel Taylor
Noel Taylor پیش 3 روز
Imagine being one of the 2300 people who disliked free speech. Do you not realize that is free speech itself?
N W پیش 3 روز
I fully understand that what i might say could possibly " offend " someone, but for me not to be allowed to express my thoughts and opinions and have them stifled, must also be considered as being " offensive "
N W پیش روز
@Tim Neal It's not about choosing to offend someone.....it's about being able to express one's opinions and thoughts. If in the process of expressing oneself someone is offended, then that is a result of the expression....the day we stop the right for humans to have this amazing ability to express and portray oneself, is the day that civilizations dies !!
Tim Neal
Tim Neal پیش روز
so long as you accept that those you chose to offend because make no mistake it is a choice, have the same right to offend you back, and when they can't ask someone who can to do it for them.
mar dagatan
mar dagatan پیش 3 روز
Right on Mr. Bean! (Rowan A.) You're not only funny, but full of sense. Ideally, freedom of speech rest on the fulcrum of a balance scale., However, the right balance is illusive in a society of twisted values, distorted political correctness, and gray areas, subject to everyone's interpretation and/or opinion. Humanity must learn the balance between - Rights and Responsibility. Indeed, freedom must never be silenced, granting we learn utmost respect, tolerance on what others may say, otherwise, better hold our peace.
David Adams
David Adams پیش 3 روز
mr bean for pm
Jelendra13 پیش 3 روز
And now Obama ' s followers silence and prosecute, and discriminate millions of those who voted for Trump. I live in United Fascist States of America . It is ok to destroy Seattle, Portland and other cities, even to kill people not to mention destroying a lot of private and public property....but it is not ok to say : " yes, I am Republican and voted for Trump". FASCISTS CAME TO POWER IN AMERICA. DEMOCRATIC FASCISM
Tomasz Kiełtyka
Tomasz Kiełtyka پیش 2 روز
Literally nobody is stopping you from saying that. Stop victimizing yourself.
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