You know what would be really, really embarrassing?

July 10, 2009

Blog Guy, I’ve been following your coverage of that San Fermin festival over there in Pamplona. So who’s winning?

Sadly the bulls always lose in the end, but I must say they’ve had a pretty good couple of days. In a four-minute running of the bulls today, several people were injured and one runner was killed.

Meanwhile, over at the bull ring, hotshot bullfighter El Cid had a real embarrassing experience.

Check out the photo below. What’s interesting about it is, it’s the only one of a whole series that I can actually use here. Thanks to some pinpoint horn work by this bull, the crotch on the bullfighter’s silly outfit was ripped open, leaving all of his male parts fully exposed to the crowd.

And while it’s not really for me to judge, it didn’t look all that impressive, either.

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A runner is tossed by a Jandilla fighting bull in the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, July 10, 2009. One runner (not in picture) died and several people were injured in the run.REUTERS/Eloy Alonso

Spanish bullfighter Manuel Jesus “El Cid” is lifted up by the bull’s horn at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 9, 2009. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso

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Bob, why do you think the matador feels compelled to prove his “manhood” by killing bulls?

Posted by Dr. Doll | Report as abusive

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Well, its not that the matador feels the need to prove his manhood so much as, well, he’s a matador playing the role of a very old custom… what, he’s going to serve tea in front of a large audience instead?

Why do people become matador’s… same reason people become any pubilc “hero”… archaic & outdated, yes. Rocket science as to why… no.

Posted by Doug | Report as abusive

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Holy cow. Couldn’t someone have told him the outfit was just fine? Were the pink knee socks supposed to ‘complete the ensemble’ or something?…

…Ok, maybe they do but I still think it’s overkill…

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Mr Basler, I think you love Sanfermin fiesta, don´t you?
Have you ever been there?
People in Pamplona are noble and behave mostly in a good way. If you watch on the Spanish tve1 the runs, you will see that people there do not allow bad attitudes to the bulls.
There exist unwritten codes of honour
Kind regards!
Armstrongfl

Why you Anglos always see things in “who is winning” matter. There are some others points of view as “how I face death”, “not asmashed of my self”…

Posted by Sargento 100x100 Algodon | Report as abusive

You have to admit, Sargento has a point. That bull stared death in the face and death… blinked.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Clearly, this bull knew what he was doing. He almost succeeded in emasculating the man who was charged with proving his cohones were bigger.

While the bull probably died, the fact that the matador was carried off the field clutching his cohones speaks to the real winner of an obscene and antiquated demonstration of man’s dominance over lesser creatures.

Posted by gwmc | Report as abusive

YAY BULLS!!! Hey, to the person that died, good for you! I’m glad. You got what was coming to you! Sorry you didn’t think about your family or that animal you were torturing. You got what u deserved. There’s no honor in what you did. I’m glad you’re dead.

Posted by Heather | Report as abusive

Yeah, it stared Death in the face, but Sagento and Shawn Hendricks, the bull didn’t choose to be there. Yes, it was fighting for its life, for our own entertainment. And clearly it did the best it could.

Much like the gladiators in Roman times, as well as the countless number of animals that fought to the death in those same arenas as well.

All were in captivity.

We put a halt to those games.

Why are we still torturing living creatures today for entertainment?!?!?

Posted by Heather | Report as abusive