Bullfighting or bull farce
Some believe bullfighting is an art. They believe the performance which features a cast that includes horses, riders, men on foot with brightly colored spears, and a man dressed in a brightly colored uniform, who kills the bull… is culture.
Supporters of bull fighting create an illusion that the matador is brave. They want tourists to believe the bull fight is a drama, as the matador gracefully moves in sync with his partner the sacrificial bull. They wish you to believe the arena is filled with adoring fans.
They don’t wish to discuss other facets of bullfighting, such as the sickened tourists at the arena who find to their dismay that what is billed as culture is a grisly execution. Critics believe bullfighting a horrific farce where the grisly joke is on the bull from the very beginning, An article written a few years ago by Danny Penman for Mail Online best illustrates this. Penman wrote of a bullfight, The bull was close to death but refused to die.
He stared defiantly at his opponent, Javier Cortes. He slowly raised himself off the ground and prepared to charge the matador one final time. Javier laughed and taunted the bull with his cape as the animal stumbled forward.
This was the part Javier loved most of all, a time when a matador is allowed to practice his ‘art’ by plunging a sword deep into the heart of the bull before twisting it viciously in the shape of a cross. but still the animal refused to die.
The crowd waited with bated breath for the matador’s coup de grace. But then, just as he was poised to stab Santanero, a tiny voice rang out from behind me in Madrid’s Las Ventas bullring.
‘Leave the bull alone!’ screamed a five-year-old American girl who had been taken to the bullfight by her parents. ‘Why are you hurting him? You’re so cruel!’ She stamped her feet and screamed even louder as the crowd looked at her in shock. As far as they were concerned, the girl had disturbed an artist at work. Her pleas were worthless. The matador plunged his sword into the back of Santanero’s neck and then repeated the thrust twice more. The animal bellowed in pain before falling onto his side gasping. He was finished.
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