Today, I want to talk about an issue. It’s not a new one, but it’s one that I recently witnessed. Why? I don’t know! Ok, I do know… It’s because I genuinely thought the whole thing was a show, an act, but what started as a colorful parade, ended up in a shameless massacre.
May 29, 2016 – 7: 00 pm
We reached the Arena in Plaza del Carmen – Madrid. Excited and anxious about what was coming, the crowds were packing up, setting their bets, and getting into their seats.
The participants entered the arena in a spectacle complemented by band music. Wearing their costumes inspired by 17th-century Andalusian clothing, they were distinguished by their gold suits and their pride.
The bull was released into the ring, where he was played by a couple of matadors. Then, a picador entered the arena on horseback. The horse was wearing protection, which he did not wear in earlier days. To top it all off, the poor thing was blindfolded.
Then, a series of torturing actions took place, handling the bull to his last breath and extreme level of irritation. In the final stage, the star matador entered the ring proudly, wearing his red cape and a sword, which, by the way, finds its final destination in the heart of the bull! The bull ends up being dragged by a couple of horses outside the ring, where the matador claims his victory to applause and chants! Olé!
May 29, 2016 – 7: 30 pm
We left the arena, running for the door, hating that we had witnessed and supported a barbaric act that should be banned forever! Where do we sign a petition?
Rebecca Mourani Associate Creative Director