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By Seth Freilich | Industry | October 8, 2008 |

Quite a few years back, some friends and I spent a few days in Madrid as a part of a wonderful European trip. And while we were in Madrid, we decided to catch a bullfight at the famous Plaza de Toros bullring. It was a very interesting experience, from the uncomfortable as fuck benches to how much folks get into it to the pure spectacle of it all. I’m glad we went, and I have a wonderful advertising print from that day’s fights framed on one of my walls. But given the opportunity, I would never go to a bullfight again.

First of all, the fights all end with a dead bull. And it’s one thing to know that. It’s another to see the bloody carcass being dragged out of the ring. Just gruesome, you know?

And on top of that, the whole thing isn’t even fucking sporting. It’d be one thing if it was just the matador and the bull, horn-a-mano. But it’s not. The bull is beat down, bled and weakened first, both by getting stabbed in the neck and by having several barbed rods stuck into its side. Only then does the matador come out to fuck with the bull and eventually stick his sword into the beast’s brain. Poor bulls don’t stand a chance.

And get this! So the night we went, there were three fights, with each later matador more experienced than the prior. So the last guy we see, he’s supposed to be a big cheese. Well he comes out and even though the bull is all bloody and weakened, the bull just fucking owns the matador. Within ten seconds, he flips the dude up in the air with his blunted horns, and the matador falls like a ragdoll, limp and unmoving. Some clowns distract the bull while the matador is dragged off the field (he wound up being ok). At this point, I’ve seen two bulls get killed, and I’m looking at this as setting the score at 1-2. And in my mind, you let this mother fucking bull, a fierce old gray monster of a bull, live out his days, right? Nope - five seconds later, a dude comes out on a horse and kills the fucker cold.

It’s not sporting and it’s just cruel. Now I’m not one to get on a high horse and judge other cultures and their traditions. But nevertheless, while this documentary The Matador looks like it could be interesting, I’ll be passing….

I Don't Care How Good This Documentary Is, I Won't Ever Watch It

Just Can't Do It / Seth Freilich

Industry | October 8, 2008 |

Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.


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