The Decent Human Beings win one?
Blog Guy, it looks like you’re gloating about something.
Congrats, Blog Guy. So what were the main factions in the debate over there?
It was the Decent Human Being faction against the Pro-Torture and Cruelty faction.
Can you boil down the basic arguments of those two sides?
Sure. The Decent Human Beings felt that slowly torturing an animal to death while bloodthirsty imbeciles cheer in the stands has no place in the 21st century. As for the Pro-Torture and Cruelty faction, their side is so ridiculous it’s not even worth repeating.
Wait, Blog Guy, you owe us a fair representation of both sides. We deserve that.
Oh, okay. Our story quoted bullfighter Serafin Marin as saying, “It’s not a cruel show. Completely the opposite. It’s a show that creates art…”
You’re making that up, right?
It sounds made-up, doesn’t it? I swear it’s true.
But Blog Guy, the great writer Ernest Hemingway wrote about bullfighting, and saw honor and courage in the tradition!
Hemingway was a decent writer, but a deficient human. If there was a dumbass thing to do, he would do it. You can lead a very good life by simply being the opposite of that jerkwad.
I read that bullfighting is a huge part of Spain’s economy, with tickets earning many millions of euros a year. That’s going to hurt!
Hey, maybe it’s time the Spanish discover movies and cable television, like the rest of us.
And what about all the money made from selling those elaborate matador outfits?
Those silly costumes haven’t been banned. The soon-to-be-former bullfighters in Catalonia can still wear them to the supermarket, to play miniature golf or whatever, if they don’t mind the laughter.
Photos courtesy of the Goofy Face Museum and Doughnut Shop
Top: Montage of Reuters bullfighter photos
Other photos: Spanish bullfighter Ruben Pinar adjusts his montera before the start of the third bullfight of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 9, 2010. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu
Spanish matador Oliva Soto is tackled by a bull during a bullfight in The Maestranza bullring in Seville April 12, 2010. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
A Spanish assistant bullfighter pokes his head out from behind the barrier during a bullfight in The Maestranza bullring in Seville April 2, 2008. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo