03 September 2012

Η φωτογραφία που έχει συγκινήσει το Facebook



"Με κοινοποιήσεις που έχουν χτυπήσει κόκκινο, η φωτογραφία με τον ταυρομάχο που λύγισε έχει κάνει το γύρο του facebook έχοντας συγκινήσει χιλιάδες χρήστες.



Ο συγκεκριμένος ταυρομάχος σταμάτησε τον αγώνα μόλις συνειδητοποίησε μέσα σε μία στιγμή πόσο βάρβαρο ήταν αυτό που συνέβαινε προς τέρψιν του φιλοθεάμονος κοινού.
"Και ξαφνικά, έστρεψα το βλέμμα μου προς τον ταύρο. Είχε στα μάτια του μια αθωότητα, που βλέπεις σε κάθε ζώο, και με κοίταξε με αυτή, σα να με ικέτευε να

σταματήσουμε. Ήταν, μια κραυγή απόγνωσης για δικαιοσύνη που διαπέρασε όλο μου το είναι. Το περιγράφω σα μια ανθρώπινη προσευχή, καθώς όταν κάποιος εξομολογείται, ελπίζει ότι θα συγχωρεθεί. Ένιωσα, σαν το χειρότερο πλάσμα πάνω στη Γη".

Τα παραπάνω έχει δηλώσει ο Μουνέρα κάποια στιγμή, ενώ πλέον είναι ακτιβιστής για τον τερματισμό αυτού του βάρβαρου σπορ. Το σχόλιο που συνοδεύει τη διάσημη φωτογραφία μιλάει για την τελευταία σκηνή στην καριέρα του γνωστού ταυρομάχου Αλβάρο Μουνέρα."


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Álvaro Múnera: This photo is not what it seems…


JULY 25, 2012 BY FISKEHARRISON 102 COMMENTS





The above photo has been doing the rounds on the internet with claims it is Álvaro Múnera Builes, a Colombian animal rights activist who worked briefly as a bullfighter in his youth under the name ‘El Pilarico’ in Colombia and then Spain. With the image come the words, also claiming to be from Múnera.
And suddenly, I looked at the bull. He had this innocence that all animals have in their eyes, and he looked at me with this pleading. It was like a cry for justice, deep down inside of me. I describe it as being like a prayer – because if one confesses, it is hoped, that one is forgiven. I felt like the worst shit on earth.


In fact, not only is this not true, it could not be true, not least because the matador in the photo is actually Francisco Javier Sánchez Vara, pictured right. While the words come from an article by the author and melodramatist Antonio Gala Velasco in the Spanish newspaper El País in 1995.


Below is how Múnera actually looked in the ‘suit of lights’ of a novillero. A novillero is a novice bullfighter. Múnera never even became a matador, let alone a famous one.


However, the most compelling reason that photo can have had nothing to do with Múnera is that he did not leave bullfighting because of some conversion in the bullring; quite the reverse. It was the bull that made him leave.


In 1984 a bull called ‘Terciopelo’, from the breed of Marqués de Villagodio, caught him in the foot and tossed him across the ring, fracturing the fifth cervical vertebrae in his neck - along with other injuries – which rendered him permanently paraplegic.


It was only later after he had been transferred from hospital in Spain to a recuperative facility in Miami to be closer to his relatives in Colombia that he developed a ‘moral’ problem with bullfighting. According to his own account, it was the doctors, nurses, other patients and their families treating him with contempt because of his bullfighting past which caused the change. In his own words, he converted to their point of view because “there are more of them, they must be right.”


Whatever you think of this as a reason for a complete ethical about-turn, it is clear that it was not the behaviour of a bull while dying that caused this man to end his run of 150 bulls killed.


So, what is the actual matador, Sánchez Vara, doing in the photo? Well, he might be crossing himself or he might be wiping away a bead of sweat, but whatever he is doing, the reason he is sitting down in the path a dying bull as it walks along the barrier has nothing to do with despair. Which is why you can see the situation exactly replicated below by the matador Sebastian Castella.


Sitting on the ‘strip’ around the ring after the sword has been placed in the bull is a known desplante, or act of defiance, within the part-scripted, part-improvised spectacle that is thecorrida de toros. Whatever the corrida is, it is certainly not a fight (the English word bull-fight derives from our foul old pasttime of baiting bulls with dogs), and the concept of fairness or sport no more enters into the corrida than it does the slaughterhouse.


Which is why the man in this photo is still working as a matador across Spain, indeed, if you can read Spanish, you can read about an afternoon in April when he killed six bulls on his own here.


Whatever you feel about bullfighting, there is no excuse for dishonesty – from either side of the debate.


So, if you really want to know what is going on, from the ethics to the lives of the cattle and the men who kill them, The Times recommends as “essential reading” the Sports Book of the Year shortlisted Into The Arena: The World Of The Spanish Bullfight (as does the Telegraph). Even the famously animal loving Mail gave it four stars and called it “compelling and lyrical”.


The author spent two years living in this bizarre, archaic and fascinating world that increasingly seems like it is from another age even though it carries on more than ever across two continents.


And although he went as far as to train as a bullfighter himself, he never entirely lost the bearings of his moral compass, as the reviewers also noted.


What makes the book work is that he never loses his disgust for it. Daily Mail


It’s to Fiske-Harrison’s credit that he never gets over his moral qualms about bullfighting.Financial Times


Uneasy ethical dilemmas abound, not least the recurring question of how much suffering the animals are put through. Sunday Telegraph


The book can be purchased at all major British bookshops or from Amazon UK by clicking here(in paperback, eBook or audiobook.) In the US, it can be purchased from Amazon in all these formats by clicking here. In Canada here. In Australia here. In India here. In Singapore and South East Asia here.

You can also read the same author’s feature article on the return to the ring of his first teacher, the now one-eyed matador Juan José Padilla. Padilla lost his eye in a goring so brutal and horrific that the images of it flashed around the world’s press. The article is in the September issue of Conde Nast’s British GQ magazine, which is currently on the newsstands.

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