Sunday, 23 May 2010

More reasons to be cheerful!


Nothing gladdens my heart more than seeing a matador getting a dose of his own medicine. Unless of course a whole herd of enraged bulls could be let loose on the ghouls who pay to watch - and jerk off on the strength of - the ritualised torture and slaughter.
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Julio Aparicio, one of Spain's most famous matadors, was gored in the throat today during a bullfight. That's part of the bull's horn sticking out of his mouth! The horrific injury has left him in a critical condition. "[The horn] went though the tongue and penetrated the roof of the mouth, fracturing the jawbone," one of the medics who worked on Aparicio told AFP news in Madrid.

Here's one excerpt to whet the appetite of those with views similar to mine. If you'd prefer to enjoy a video of the entertainment, you can see it here.

28 comments:

Michael said...

Serves the silly bastard right, farting about with dangerous beasts for fun.

Anonymous said...

Speaking as someone who has had the misfortune to visit a few corridas ir is astonishingly dull in addition to being barbaric.

d. dare said...

Me too. Note that the Spanish are unbelievable cruel to animals in general. Must be the Arab influence coming out in them.

Anonymous said...

d. dare...

Funny that.
I know many Spanish, considering I am married to one, and I can say more than half the ones I know are venomously opposed to this "sport". The rest are apathetic.

So it is not fair to make generalisiations about them.

Also, the Arab influence was oppression.
Influence implies siting at a fireside with a Sherry in one hand and a cigar in the other exchanging ideas.
It was a similar situation to Protestant influence on Catholics in Northern Ireland.

Anonymous said...

I don't know Savant, I tend to disagree. Cruel it doubtless is, but there's something very elemental about bull fighting, an acting out of the battle of man against Nature that might just be necessary to remind people of what life is about. Besides, I thought you were all for preserving cultures. I enjoying catching trout, would you also have that banned?

I actually admire the Spanish for their bullfighting. I was in Spain last year at the time of the Pampolona bull run. A man was killed by a bull called Cappuchino,it was the first time in years a fatality had occured and it was a national event; even an outsider could feel it carried some meaning. Cappuchino was later killed by a matador, it was all very symobolic and grand and the matador was feted as a hero of Spain. Irrational and cruel it is but I say let the Spanish do their thing, it is not for us to interfere.

Jack Quinn said...

So Savant...swearing off the corn beef and cabbage? This is the classic opera of man's dominance of the beast - the bull is supposed to lose. If you find this unsatisfactory then the explanation of "more meat for the poor" should salve those of the weak kidneys.

For your further edification:

"Death in the Afternoon" - E. Hemingway

and "On Bullfighting" - A.L. Kennedy (on the 'why' of it)

Lucinda said...

This is not a contest of man vs. beast. Cattle are domesticated animals and have to be tormented by the picadors to get them to manifest aggression toward people. Any Iowa farmer can handle one of these "dangerous beasts" with no drama and no harm to either party.

I read the Spanish newspaper version of this story on line, and many of the Spanish commentors are indeed against this "sport". My favorite reader comment was (roughly translated by me) "They should award the bullfighter's ears to the bull"! :)

SAVANT said...

Jack Quinn and anon 12.43. I've actually read those two pieces and remain unconvinced. Hemingway spent most of his life killing defenceless animals, a walking slaughterhouse, so I'm not too impressed by that.

Yes, it is 'elemental' and 'operatic' and all that stuff. And it does strike at a chord deep in human nature. But that chord is of the same variety that ogled gladiators fighting to the death, dog fighting and snuff movies.

Because it's elemental and such doesn't make it acceptable. It appeals to the basest instincts in humanity and as such should be discouraged.

Fishing is totally different. You fish to catch fish, and most of the fishermen I know throw their catch back and take care to inflict as little pain as possible.

eimer said...

Disappointed with you Savant. Gloating about horrific injuries to ANYONE is unworthy of you.

Dave S said...

To be consistent you would have to make light of someone being devoured by their own steak dinner. Great blog btw.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why people - e.g. Dave just here - equate the torture and killing of an animal for 'sport' and self-gratification with using one as food.

Jennie said...

Of course there are kind Spaniards, but I'd have to agree that in general they're much crueller to animals. For example they get this donkey and throw him to his death from the top of a poll for no reason other than sadism.

Anonymous said...

The new PETA poster ?

Anonymous said...

That's one type of body-piercing that won't catch on.

kulak said...

Mexicans root for the bull. Spaniards root for the Matador.

In the next US census, Spaniards will no longer be counted as "Hispanic."

These things are related.

Anon said: there's something very elemental about bull fighting, an acting out of the battle of man against Nature that might just be necessary to remind people of what life is about.

I basicaly agree with the extreme sport take where Spain is concerned. Franco encouraged it, the Spanish commies are against it.

It's not because of any squeamishness that Mexicans root for the bull; that IS bloodlust.

Lucinda says: Any Iowa farmer can handle one of these "dangerous beasts" with no drama and no harm to either party.

That's mostly true. But then farmers in general have lower testosterone, no "need for speed" or danger -- and are also NOT particularly sentimental about animals that aren't man's partner, like horses and dogs. Barn cat kitten is sick? Well that's just too bad.

They don't bullfight because they don't see the point of it. They do see the point of chasing and roping a terribly frightened calf.

Useful skill, that.

Californian said...

I was looking at the photo, and all I can say is:

"That...must...hurt...!"

Anonymous said...

"That's one type of body-piercing that won't catch on."

That's bloddy (whoops!) hilarious.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it kind of unfair that they killed the bull simply because he won? The bull has probably figured this game out now. He should be allowed a rematch or he is now the the champ and the Nunber 1 contender matador gets to fight him.

They can make a robe for him and have an entourage as enters the ring as an undefeated champion. See how many matadors would like to face a bull that understands the tricks of the game.

Anonymous said...

It looks like he is getting a taste of his own medicine.

Anonymous said...

In response to Savant regarding fishing:

I fish, mostly for the simple fun and enjoyment of it. It really is fantastic and pure enjoyment, to me at least. In addition, a fish is simply not on the same level as a bull. No one cares if you swat a fly or mosquito; my point being that humans do indeed assign different values to living creatures based on their various traits.

Myself, and the other fishermen I know, do indeed dislike hurting fish needlessly.

Anyway, the basic rule where I live is that you eat what you kill; that is it disrespectful to the fish and to other fishermen to kill a fish and not eat it. There are some who want one trophy fish.

Personally, I find people who can't bring themselves to actually kill and dress the animal they like to eat to be a little weird on their morals. Anyway, Bull fighting is a stupid and senseless activity.

Anonymous said...

anon 16.01 - Amen to that.

Anonymous said...

Bull-riding (PBR) here in America is better. The bulls are feted as heroes, the riders are the ones risking life and limb, and it's a grand evening out with the kids! Riders need to hold on for 8 seconds with one hand, get marked down if the bulls are not vigorous enough/too gay & simpering...I've seen a few nasty injuries to the riders (mostly young cowboys from places like Kansas and Sao Paulo), but I heartily approve of this kind of non-cruel gladatorial "combat".

Potgieter

SAVANT said...

Potgeiter - I've seen bull riding in Amarillo and it's GREAT! It's is totally and utterly different to bull fighting. THis is great fun for everyone, especially, I imagine, the bull, who gets to kick ass on equal terms. In fact this sport emphsaises how unfair, cruel and debased bull-fighting actaully is.

RegThe Hedge said...

Gents, we are going to be in Amarillo in August. Can you recommend a place for bull riding?

G Autrey said...

The Professional Bull Riders tour visits Amarillo a few times a year I think. It's on at the Comboy Stadium and the National Stadium - not sure I have the names right.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what bull horn tastes like?

The Man said...

Dude please post something because that picture is freaking me the F out!

Anonymous said...

How did Lady Savant react to this incidence.