Bullfighting opponents insist on creating a public opinion that bulls are no longer interesting. They repeatedly emphasize that it is something out of date, from the past, far from the present taste. It’s a way of giving suggestions to people. Their moral superiority, their possession of the only truth, leads them to try to impose their dogmas and tastes without regard for those who do not think like them. But one looks at the extraordinary business that La Maestranza registers day after day during the April Fair – despite the high prices for tickets – and is dismayed by the many fallacies spewed by dictatorial abolitionists.
And within the April cycle, there was a clear afternoon that exemplifies the interest in bullfighting in the 21st century, April 26, when the magician Morante de la Puebla punctuated the history of bullfighting with an act that could be used in the art curriculum. Bullfighting’s José Antonio Morante cut off his tail in the arena of Arenal, 52 years later, which is undoubtedly historic. But it was more impressive to see the spontaneous enthusiasm of the thousands of people who came to touch the statue, to lift it on their shoulders, to carry it out through the Puerta del Príncipe, down the streets of Seville, and to carry it. Headed to the ring to leave. In the air in the hotel when they were chanting his name without any discouragement. The emotion, the upheaval, the euphoria, the catharsis, the admiration, the surrender, the shock, the lasting impression… all this and much more meant the performance of the prodigious artist and the subsequent popular celebration that took him in a natural and sincere procession. transferred.
Opponents rightly say that bulls are a thing of the past, as it is true that their function has been lost in the pages of history. But they try to deceive when they are convinced that they are already out of date because you only have to take a look at the people who flooded Maestro Albero to worship the bullfighter god, Young without prejudice and away from malicious manipulators. One has only to look at the boy who, clinging to the column of the Puerta del Príncipe, waited for the creator of La Puebla to pass very close, dreaming of even touching him with a finger.
For more than one manipulative politician to have the shame and decency to remain silent must have been worth it on such an important afternoon. The facts speak for themselves and dispel so many misconceptions thrown against bullfighting. More than one medium of communication should deserve such an important afternoon to serve as a second show to the public in this country, as a work of art, as history and tradition, and as an economic motor. Can give place to bullfighting in form. An environmental treasure trove of fauna and flora, as a ritual and liturgical ceremony, which fervently interests people.
Bullfighting is interesting in the squares and streets. Last weekend many bullfights were held in the street in different cities of my Valencian land, in which thousands and thousands of people came together. There is no worse blind than one who does not want to see and what is most worrying is that those who do not want to see have the power to legislate against the will of the people. There will be elections soon, and we want to go to the polls to show that we are citizens in charge, to vote responsibly, consciously, thoughtfully, and confidently to choose the people we think are the best. Will rule for us and with us, not because of us.