11-Year-Old Bullfighters Are Probably A Bad Idea

Let’s be very clear about this. There are very, very few instances in which actively, publicly¬†rooting for a child to be seriously injured is acceptable. It’s tempting, yes, but you can’t cheer against that whiny little snot-nose in all those kids’ sports movies who gets to win a championship just because he finds a magical animal that knows how to play sports. Well, you can’t do that at the theater around children, anyway. At home, sure, you can pray all you like that Air Bud turns on his human owner and rips his arms off, and frankly they would have made like 100 times more money off the movie if that happened, but still: severely injured children, even in your sick fantasies, is generally not okay.

Michelito The Littlest Bullfighter
(Not a midget, sadly.)

But when the child is bullfighting, on purpose, with knives and killing and everything, well, the schadenfloodgates are wide open, sir, and prepared for maximum carnage. That little tyke up there is 11-year-old Michelito, which is Mexican¬†for “Son of Judge Ito.” And despite protestations from PETA and child protection campaigns, Michelito killed six “bulls” at a bullfighting show in southeastern Mexico this weekend.

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