Political satire is as old as politics itself. Political satire is a significant part of satire that specializes in gaining entertainment from politics; it has also been used with subversive intent where political speech and dissent are forbidden by a regime, as a method of advancing political arguments where such arguments are expressly forbidden.
But where are the limits of satire?Those include vanity, racism, bigotry, hateful messages, porn, and maybe a few others I’ve forgotten. The impact of satire on contemporary society was recently emphasized with the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The events raise important questions: what is satire’s role in society today, how has it changed, and how will it continue to change?
We love poking fun at the powers that be. With the coming of the internet a tsunami of homemade political satire, caricatures of political figures and homemade infographics ranging from the bizarrely biased to the outrageously inflammatory has hit us like a whirlwind. For the sheer fun of it we have been collecting these memes, caricatures and political satire pieces from around the world.
— sean delonas (@seandelonas) 27 avril 2017
The comic playwright Aristophanes was ridiculing Athenian leaders more than 2,000 years ago in Greece. Political satire is ridicule dedicated to exposing the difference between appearance and reality in public life. The justification for this mockery, going back to Aristotle, is that by holding bad behavior up to ridicule we might, as it were, “laugh folly out of existence.” Syllogistically, a la Aristotle, it might be put something like this:
1) Politicians behaving badly will be mocked.
— Oli (@Olillustrateur) 26 mai 2017
2) Politicians don’t like to be mocked.
— Cas Mudde 🤘 (@CasMudde) 27 mai 2017
— History Facts ²⁴⁷ (@historyfacts247) 26 mai 2017
3) Politicians will stop behaving badly.
— Eric Flom Cartoons (@e_flom) 18 mai 2017
— Matthew James (@Onlyanatheist1) 9 décembre 2016
The “Mother Goose” rhymes of the 1600s were veiled commentary on the social and political events of Tudor England. Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s founding fathers, was known for his humorous writings that satirized political issues of the period.
While people can be imprisoned, or even put to death for political satire in some countries, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, enacted in 1791, protects it as free speech.
After every failure by the political establishment, journalists, activists, concerned citizens, and media empires, I am pleased to announce that I have brought an end to the terror of Presidents Trump & Erdogan by utilizing the greatest power of all: Comedy.
— Sinan Salaheddin (@sinansm) 23 mai 2017
How It is possible to defend the right to obscene and racist speech without promoting or sponsoring the content of that speech? How it is still possible to approve of sacrilege without endorsing racism?
A lesser known work of satire is Molla Nasraddin, an Azerbaijani periodical that was read across the Muslim world in the early 1900s. Again, the publication caused widespread outrage because it implicitly attacked religious hypocrisy and corruption, and also supported educational reforms and women’s rights.
How Iran greet their visitors: bowing down before British and Russian, stoning Ottoman.
Molla Nasraddin, 1910/No:39 pic.twitter.com/rMWgiXvOIj
— Cavid Ağa ☥ (@cavidaga) 27 février 2015
Wiki:During Molla Nasreddin’s two and a half decade run, the country at the heart of its polemics and caricatures — Azerbaijan — changed hands and names three or four times. By 1920, the Soviets had invaded Baku; the quality of the magazine’s editorial and art-direction suffered considerably as it was forced to toe the Bolshevik party line. Only three issues came out in 1931 and shortly afterward it shut its doors for good. Its impact, however, is difficult to over-estimate. Molla Nasreddin offered inspiration to similar pamphleteers from the Balkans to Iran and Serbia. The Azeri newspaper Irshad coined the term “Molla Nasreddinism” to describe the ability to tell things as they are.
— Cave Art Films (@Cave_Art_Films) 7 février 2017
— Imran Jattala (@ijattala) 22 mai 2017
— Political Cartoons (@MariaGrasmick) 20 mai 2017
Saudi Arabia to offer Donald Trump steak and ketchup on first presidential trip abroad – political cartoon gallery pic.twitter.com/2jgI0jHWpg
— Political Cartoon (@Cartoon4sale) 19 mai 2017
— The Cartoon Movement (@cartoonmovement) 30 mai 2017
A cartoon By Carlos Latuff 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/FEOBuobQVi
— karemansa3eed (@karemansa3ed) 20 mai 2017
— Carlos Amato (@CarlosBAmato) 22 mai 2017
— Laszlo Zorya (@laszlo_zorya) 10 juillet 2016
Featured Image @credit- Carlos Latuff Twitter