One thing’s for sure, and that’s that matadors really aren’t popular with people who take the former stance. They’re positively deified by people who like bull fighting, but those numbers are waning significantly.
So with that in mind, you’d think that matadors would try to stay slightly inconspicuous in their jobs. It’s enough that they dress like the the Christmas decoration section of Poundland, but one has recently riled up a lot of people, including Ricky Gervais.
At the Real Maestranza bullring in Seville, Spain, a matador can be seen wiping the bloody tears away from a weakened bull’s eyes, before he ultimately kills it.
Morante de la Puebla, 39, was the matador in question, who had managed to puncture the bull’s hide with four banderillas, before getting a tissue out.
The video below doesn’t show the kill, but just him wiping the tears away. Still quite distressing, so watch at your own risk…
It’s actually bizarrely tender for a bullfight. What’s weird is that I think Morante de la Puebla was probably trying to show his respect and gratitude to the bull, but it really doesn’t translate well when you’re the one killing the bull. He’s obviously showing off too, but matadors are all about providing a spectacle to a crowd of people who are obviously into it.
Upon hearing the news, writer, comedian and actor Ricky Gervais weighed in with a comment on Twitter, saying…
Don’t sugarcoat it, Rick.
Meanwhile, Silvia Barquero Nogales, leader of Spain’s Animalist Party Against Mistreatment of Animals (PACMA), said:
“Only a malicious and perverse mind could torture an animal until the blood pours down its legs and then wipe its face with a tissue.
The matador is just disguising his lack of empathy. Abolish bullfighting now!“
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