Gored of the rings?

August 21, 2009

Blog Guy, thanks for keeping that information flowing about the proud tradition of bullfighting, even though I don’t think you like it very much.

I thought I was hiding my feelings pretty well.

So does the bullfighter interact with the crowd at all during the event?

You bet. Here you can see what is called El Winkador. It’s the matador’s way of saying, “I’m midway through torturing a poor animal to death, wink wink. Aren’t I cute?”

That sounds kind of foolhardy. What if El Winkador is badly timed?

Ah, then you may see El Goreador, as in this photo.

Gasp! That’s shocking!

Nah, if you add cartoon-style sound effects in your mind, it’s kind of entertaining.

SNORT! BOIINNNG! WOO-HOOOO!!!! See what I mean?

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Spanish bullfighter Jose Tomas winks to the crowd during a bullfight in Malaga, Spain, August 20, 2009.

Colombian bullfighter Luis Bolivar is gored by a bull during bullfight in Malaga.

REUTERS photos by Jon Nazca

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And now I have that Bugs Bunny bullfighting cartoon in my head…

Posted by Krista | Report as abusive

If El Winkador is badly timed, he probably ends up with a couple of nasty piercings and a new career as a soprano!

I like the “running of the bulls’ better.

No pikes and the bulls dish out as good as they get!

Pay back time!

Posted by craig | Report as abusive

I agree with Craig, plus after the “running of the bulls, they should take those swords and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine…freakin’ murderers.

Posted by V | Report as abusive