Stephen Colbert on Spanish Sports

August 03, 2010 By: erik Category: Bulls, Funny, Spain, USA, Videos 530 views

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From last night’s Colbert Report.

It has been a huge year for Spanish sports, or España Esports. Spain’s soccer team won the World Cup, Rafael Nadal conquered Wimbledon, Alberto Contador took the Tour de France, and Javier Bardem took the world record in the Thousand Yard Smolder. His prize? Himself. But there has been a major setback in Spanish athletics.

[cut to CNN footage]

The controversial tradition of bullfighting is now illegal in one region of Spain, the Catalonia region, which includes Barcelona.

[cut back to Colbert]

I don’t understand! Barcelona should be used to horrors. Their streets are already running red with the sangria vomited by thousands of American backpackers. I’ll say it again, folks. Barcelona is just the San Francisco of Spain. They’re a bunch of effete liberal elites talking down to the rest of Spain with their sthmug Sthpanish listhps. They don’t undershtand! Heartland Spanish values like Mom and apple paella. I’m with the pro-bullfighting community who have called the ban a “political manipulation”.

Here’s the video. The first half is about the 2012 London Olympics.

Everyone here in Spain is knows that the bullfighting ban has almost nothing to do with protecting animal rights and everything to do with separatist politics and rejecting something that is traditionally Spanish. I think they should also ban jamón serrano and tortillas de patatas!

  • coma

    they would do it if they could explain it to the tourist who’s asking for tapas in a bar on the ramblas. once they achieved that any waiter knows enough english, there will be only pan tumaca and butifarra.
    have a nice day

  • pere

    Regrettable comments about Barcelona, based on pure ignorance.
    A I do not like the bulls and I’m not against Spain, it is sad to see there is a vision of Catalonia totally manipulated. I, m catalan.Thanks.

  • pere

    People in Catalonia ignores the political messages, television and radio give us a radical image of the Catalans, please do not believe everything that comes on TV, politicians are not the people catalan, Catalonia live well and quiet, and we do not eat Spaniards. exception of a few separatists stupid, we are Spanish and Catalan, that does not mean we like the bulls.

  • I love Cobert. This is funny.

    I’m not a die hard animal rights activitst or anything, but I wouldn’t have the stomach to go to a bullfight, or a dogfight or a cockfight or any other event whose spectacle is based purely on messing with an animal. Nobody that I have ever met in my ten plus years living in Spain that is under 50 actually goes to them. It’s a dying tradition and one that could disappear without a tear from me. Besides, we’re a part of the EU now, and will have to put up with the European Commission decides on this, eventually.

    • Well, I have been to a few bullfights, and I can tell you that there are plenty of young people there. I don’t expect the tradition to die out that quickly.

      I didn’t know the E.C. was going to rule on it. It’s really hard to imagine them deciding in favor of bullfighting, but who knows…maybe they’ll see that they’re on a slippery slope to prohibiting silly and dangerous traditions in their own countries.

  • Sorry, I spoke without any knowledge really. The EC isn’t ruling on bullfighting to my knowledge. I just meant that european-wide legislation is an ever-growing reality and I think it is a matter of time before the EU steps in on this one.

  • Blas de Lezo

    Look for info about the “Correbous” or the fire bulls, where a lot of young people hit cowardly a bull with its horn on fire (the bull usually blinds as its eyes melt). They haven’t banned that, why? Easy to guess the answer.

  • A. Martinez

    I am a Spaniard and I wish bullfighting would die out soon. But now that we are at it… let me point out a couple of misunderstandings. Translating the phrase “corrida de toros” for bullfight gives people the idea that it is some kind of combat and there are winners or losers. It is not. The result is fixed. Asking “Who won?” after a corrida is like asking “who won?” after watching Cirque du Soleil or something like that.
    It is not a sport. Sports newspapers in Spain do not cover bullfighting. It is in the arts pages of serious newspapers (unfortunately) You can find it between Ballet and Concerts. There is no betting (despite what some American movies portray) and no results. Some matadors get prizes for their “hability” but that is it. There are restaurants waiting for the bulls. The result is fixed. If a bullfighter gets killed it is the same as if a F1 driver dies, an accident.