In full: Rowan Atkinson on free speech

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’.


  • Sondra Joyce
    Sondra JoyceMinutë më parë

    Church of Scientology IS a cult.............!

  • Gaël des Montagnes Noires
    Gaël des Montagnes Noires7 minuta më parë


  • The Hammer And Tickle
    The Hammer And Tickle26 minuta më parë

    This dudes a fucking legend

    SMART ASSIST27 minuta më parë

    U will regain, I know.

  • Lexxer Ding
    Lexxer Ding53 minuta më parë

    GooTube will be censoring this video soon, because Free Speech is not part of their policy...

  • funny that
    funny that56 minuta më parë

    it would be interesting have an update to that talk in early 2021

  • EQ Nation
    EQ Nation56 minuta më parë

    All of your hero's are hacks. Wake up people.

  • H Flores
    H FloresOrë më parë is so funny! is our only hope!

  • H0ss Delgad0
    H0ss Delgad0Orë më parë

    Mr Bean: freedom of speech is good Liberals: on the floor rolling and yelling "im triggered" Me: Haha pathetic

  • Brother Kellymatthew Barnes
    Brother Kellymatthew BarnesOrë më parë

    And all the Karens said REEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  • Wkd Mrtease81
    Wkd Mrtease81Orë më parë

    Superb who are the dislikes I wonder?

  • Clive Smith
    Clive SmithOrë më parë

    The police should listen to this great speech 👍

  • ThatNaturalistGuy
    ThatNaturalistGuyOrë më parë

    Well things have got much worse since he made this speech.

  • Clive Smith
    Clive SmithOrë më parë

    What a great speech what a great man , stay safe retired lifeboatmen uk

  • Jon ‘jaixzz’ S C
    Jon ‘jaixzz’ S C2 orë më parë

    Number 1 is mineral water

  • Alan B'Stard M P
    Alan B'Stard M P2 orë më parë

    still politically correct, playing it safe and avoiding the issue

  • Philip Roberts
    Philip Roberts2 orë më parë

    It is not the people it is the press and your educational elite that is the problem gonzo press

  • Morocco Mole
    Morocco Mole2 orë më parë

    when banks decided to print money from thin air, your country disappears into it......

  • Hybrid American Dude
    Hybrid American Dude2 orë më parë

    Well said! Mr Bean has more sense than most government officials in the UK and USA.

  • Gen1Rev22ministries
    Gen1Rev22ministries2 orë më parë

    As time moves forward the pressure will increase to ban this speech on free speech.

  • Youtuber
    Youtuber3 orë më parë

    That guy looks familiar.

  • Katrina Green
    Katrina Green3 orë më parë

    Absolutely! We need to be more blunt with one another and stop all this politically correct crap, cry me a river, build a bridge, get over it!!!

  • Phil Rodgers
    Phil Rodgers3 orë më parë

    Rowan Atkinson......sir you are a living legend!

  • Jason Baxter
    Jason Baxter3 orë më parë

    I wonder what Chinese citizens think of this?

  • Edna Aziez
    Edna Aziez4 orë më parë

    I love this! But with all due respect Obama is the one who's been restricting free speech. He is the first president to actively remove free speech in schools and in the work area. 😢

  • ParTay!
    ParTay!4 orë më parë

    Society will never successfully legislate "LIKE".

  • Kevan Riggett-Barrett
    Kevan Riggett-Barrett4 orë më parë

    Well said & interesting to see how many ticket the thumbs down button.. Mmmm

  • Richard Priest
    Richard Priest5 orë më parë

    Thank goodness for the First Amendment in the USA.

  • N
    N5 orë më parë

    Now you can't wear or express what you think about a person or things anymore you will get arrested or blocked them.

  • Timothy Drake
    Timothy Drake5 orë më parë

    This aged very well. Also the part about immunity to disease..

  • A B
    A B5 orë më parë

    Hope more people watch this

  • Rix Gaming
    Rix Gaming5 orë më parë

    i'm surprised this video wasn't blacklisted and erased off the internet yet

  • anon129
    anon1296 orë më parë

    Mr Bean, the hero of the far-right.

  • Tyron Simpson
    Tyron Simpson6 orë më parë

    Its hard to take him seriously because of his characters in is acting career. Great guy though with out a dowt.....

  • Coming soon
    Coming soon6 orë më parë

    Next Fahrenheit 4 5 1.

  • Tim en Vanessa Laurey
    Tim en Vanessa Laurey6 orë më parë

    He said this in 2018... Little did he know how 2021 would look like.

  • Coming soon
    Coming soon6 orë më parë here..enjoy!

  • Coming soon
    Coming soon6 orë më parë

    Islam is free to speak and kill america not so much holding it back..

  • Blue Scorpion
    Blue Scorpion6 orë më parë

    Censorship is a form of intolerance. By definition.

  • Candy m
    Candy m6 orë më parë


  • Richard Balls
    Richard Balls7 orë më parë

    Why is mr Bean talking

  • KingFahtah
    KingFahtah7 orë më parë

    He missed the bit about possession of curly black hair and thick lips. Was that self censorship?

  • Adam Burton
    Adam Burton7 orë më parë


  • Paul Holliday
    Paul Holliday7 orë më parë

    Turns out Mr Bean is a fucking genius!

  • Simon Vance
    Simon Vance7 orë më parë

    Great respect for Rowan just went up... check out the video ‘Mark Passio - freedom is more important than life’ on youtube

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  • Gato Naranja
    Gato Naranja8 orë më parë

    You know the world's messed up when a comedian shows more competence and prudence than the officials in our own governments.

  • Eric Adler
    Eric Adler8 orë më parë

    It's time that defenders of free speech from the Left, the center and the Right come together to defend it against authoritarians of all kinds - postmodern wokies, feminists, socialists, fundamentalists, whatever. Triggernometry is an excellent example, it's run by a leftist and a centrist who both reject woke cancel culture and defend free speech, we need much more of that.

  • gi Man
    gi Man8 orë më parë

    Owen jones is prob the number one fake liberal attempting to slander peoples opinions.

  • jenny murphy
    jenny murphy8 orë më parë

    The law's an ass judge's should be as should police they have no pensions anyway

  • Iwahn Apon
    Iwahn Apon8 orë më parë

    What a warning. So prophetic this deadly serious speech

  • Adrian Flatley
    Adrian Flatley9 orë më parë

    I'd like to see a follow-up speech from Mr Atkinson in 2021.

  • Vincent V
    Vincent V9 orë më parë

    You can thank the political left for the degradation of free speech in the West. Most of their ideas being utter trash, the only way they can make any headway is to shutdown the conversation wherever people disagree with them, especially when those people are brown.

  • Anand Nair
    Anand Nair9 orë më parë

    Most people dont get this

  • Butch Cassidy77
    Butch Cassidy779 orë më parë

    Christ, we can't have herd immunity for illnesses any more, no wonder we can't have herd immunity for offensive speech.

  • Turtle Whisperer
    Turtle Whisperer9 orë më parë

    President Trump’s freedom of speech has been taken from him by the fake news media and the big tech companies, simply because he was so excellent at draining the swamp. He ruined their lying, cheating, and stealing party. Tomorrow is his last say as president. The entire world should be concerned, because when the U.S. doesn’t do well neither does anyone else.

  • jappa Kneads
    jappa Kneads9 orë më parë

    Who would have thought that a "dumb" Mr Bean could be so aware and thought provoking?

  • Heloca
    Heloca9 orë më parë

    Absolutely spot on.

  • BBR2
    BBR29 orë më parë

    How interesting that Obama said, "Efforts to restrict speech can become a tool to silence critics." Hmmm. Wasn't Obama the one who tried to shut down Fox News when He was POTUS? And where is The One now? Jumping on the "intolerance" bandwagon to silence critics.

  • Rombizio
    Rombizio10 orë më parë

    Funny how Obama is exactly the president that started the supression of free speech in US. And Biden will eleminate the First Amendment soon.

  • Brian May
    Brian May10 orë më parë

    Utterly outstanding, thank you Rowan Atkinson. We say it, nobody listens, YOU say it and you have an audience. Your input is most appreciated.

  • Max L
    Max L10 orë më parë

    I find it funny that this is one of the few times Ive heard him talk...about free speech. Ironic and awesome

  • petes place
    petes place11 orë më parë

    Free speech Not anymore

  • Eric Dannug
    Eric Dannug11 orë më parë

    This is what happens to Jack Ma & Donald Trump when they silence them due to free speech. Big Brother sucks! 😡

  • Stanley DePriest
    Stanley DePriest11 orë më parë

    As of January 2021, 1.9k fascists stopped by to downvote this video. If they all get a sterilizing STD, I won't be sad.

  • Cae Walker
    Cae Walker11 orë më parë

    Rowan would be jailed for saying that in 2021.

  • Charlie M
    Charlie M11 orë më parë

    So he quotes "Obama" I have to laugh, where's Obama now, telling people to be tolerant?, please Obama was the biggest buffoon president ever, I thing even Carter or Ford weren't as bad, just because you say the right things in public, does not mean that how you truly are. DELETE, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, CNN, FOX, and on and on and on, they are all IDIOTS!, and truly don't believe in FREE SPEACH!!!

  • raindacer
    raindacer11 orë më parë

    @ALthe please get watch. Let Mr. Bean school you as a big tech.

  • Lisa Smyth
    Lisa Smyth12 orë më parë

    This is the NWO.. Good little sheeple!..

  • Ellen Exton
    Ellen Exton12 orë më parë

    SUE, SUE, SUE, SUE, SUE!!!!!

  • Ellen Exton
    Ellen Exton12 orë më parë

    Stop the evil!!!!!

  • imkluu
    imkluu12 orë më parë

    Uses the wonderful quote from President Obama, who is a great hypocrite and did not practice those words at all, but tried to shut down his opposition, and any criticism of him, and his cronies.

  • Dave Smith
    Dave Smith13 orë më parë

    Leftists are garbage human beings

  • Person X
    Person X13 orë më parë

    One thing this crazy world will naturally bring to order is the end of the people with outrage tendencies, by their own hands no less.

  • MrLuvlingo
    MrLuvlingo14 orë më parë

    He is so articulate and beautiful in this speech, such clarification of thought, thank you so much Rowan, But I am sure It could have been summarized or shortened with just a few insults, no doubt.

  • demonpride1975
    demonpride197515 orë më parë

    said so very eloquently. you know this takes me back to George Carlin, he said one time i have the right to call you a fuck head, but in turn you have the right to call me a piece of shit. because in the end they are just words. and if you are so hurt over words, then maybe you should stay out of society, simply because the world is an ugly place.

  • Jason Tourchin
    Jason Tourchin15 orë më parë

    Imagine being so thin skinned to be called an asshole, and the utterer of the statement summarily charged and imprisoned for hate speech.....wait for it. Isn't the "liberal" mind a wonderful thing? blow apart with a .45 cal shot

  • None ya Business
    None ya Business16 orë më parë


  • dougjstl1
    dougjstl116 orë më parë

    Funny faces Rowan should be arrested for making funny faces

  • fatarsemonkey
    fatarsemonkey16 orë më parë

    Twitter, Facebook and the like are like when we went from swords to bows, insulting someone to their face is a lot harder than just typing it and send, so most of what is happening that is considered insult these days is just what I would call a culture of childish griefing and because people are so childish they run to mama (metro) and Papa (Patriot) to dob in the other child. When you are grown up you don't need the state to look after you.

  • Brently Church
    Brently Church16 orë më parë

    Mankind has lost his mind but all men have not.

  • Tha Pume
    Tha Pume17 orë më parë

    It's funny to me, almost ironic, that an artist who's well known all over the world for a character that doesn't speak, is actually such a great orator. This is a brilliant speech.

    LIQUIDSNAKEz2817 orë më parë

    Mr. Bean needs to speak more often.

  • Nilbog 80
    Nilbog 8017 orë më parë

    Cancel culture is a bitch

  • Nilbog 80
    Nilbog 8017 orë më parë

    I Love That Man.

  • bimmjim
    bimmjim17 orë më parë

    Fat people eat too much and die young.

    GETBENDT17 orë më parë

    Remember that we elected the people that are infringing our right. The power you give to government the more power it will wield.

  • Robble 13
    Robble 1317 orë më parë

    This didnt age well for 2021

    GETBENDT17 orë më parë

    So long Rowan, I barely knew ya.

  • Jennifer Jones
    Jennifer Jones18 orë më parë

    Superb, Rowan... thank you.

  • Jennifer Fischer
    Jennifer Fischer18 orë më parë

    So relevant today

  • catfishrob1
    catfishrob118 orë më parë

    An actor that can actually speak eloquently about politics and doesn't just vomit empty-headed leftist slogans? I'm confused.

  • Jase gonebush
    Jase gonebush19 orë më parë

    Thankyou for telling the truth and standing up for all of us and pointing out the unimportant use of authority trying to be important in a role that they are no longer needed in. Cheers from over the sea 👍🇦🇺🤠

  • Jukka Miettinen
    Jukka Miettinen19 orë më parë

  • s0459054
    s045905419 orë më parë

    Russians in the Soviet era used to say “there is no truth in Pravda and no news in Izvestia”. I hope that when American news has been reduced to a handful of google-approved news sources, there will still be citizens smart enough to know it’s lies.

  • G Money
    G Money20 orë më parë

    Never would think Mr. Bean would be considered conservative or as liberals call them....racist. The left has become insane. Talking about immunity lol this is def dangerous. Immunity without a vaccine impossible

  • BarryDennen12
    BarryDennen1220 orë më parë

    this works for Rowan Atkinson because he's fucken funny.

  • billy crossing
    billy crossing20 orë më parë

    The Insurrection Act of 1807 is a United States federal law that empowers the President of the United States to deploy U.S. military and federalized National Guard troops within the United States in particular circumstances, such as to suppress civil disorder, insurrection, or rebellion.

  • arthur parm
    arthur parm20 orë më parë


  • khchoi2012
    khchoi201220 orë më parë

    Wow! 2 years on. Rowan's words are just as relevant as it was. FB, Twitter censorship now. Perhaps he saw it coming.

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