One-Eyed Matador Again Owned By Bull — Loses Glass Eye, Remainder Of Dignity
Spain, that European backwater of animal torture, is known for its sickly sweet alcoholic fruit drinks, and effeminate, leotard-clad matadors. And my favorite among these prancing cheese-dicks has to be Juan José Padilla.
Padilla is known as The Pirate, mainly because he wears an eye patch. That's because he lost his left eye in 2011 when a bull gored him through the chin and up into his eye socket. On Sunday he got owned again, this time being gored twice -- one shot barely missing a lung -- and losing his glass eye in the process. The battering he took caused the eye to pop out and fly across the ring.
And I'm not sure about this, but in my mind the eye landed in a spectator's beer cup. Goal.
The bull of course slowly bled to death, choking its life away covered in spears and blood for the entertainment of sad, fat morons. Hail España.
The matador was ferociously gored, once in the leg and then in the groin. Doctors also discovered that a gash reached from his chest up to his armpit and narrowly missed a lung.
The brutal incident happened in Valencia and was watched by a horrified crowd, which saw Padilla tossed in the air several times before falling to the floor.
Bullfighting is undergoing a slow death in Spain, where only 9.5 percent of people have ever seen a bullfight, and the total number of bullfights fell from 3,651 in 2007 to 1,736 in 2016. But despite more than 60 percent of Spaniards saying that they dislike the "sport", the government has been stubborn -- granting bullfighting "cultural status" last year to overturn a ban in Catalonia.
Animal rights groups have kept the pressure on, however, and many local Spanish communities have banned bullfighting on their own.
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