Matt Damon Hits A Bullfight In Mexico

Matt Damon was spotted taking in a bullfight this weekend. Will he attract the ire of PETA?

Matt Damon went to a bullfight

Move over, Kim Kardashian: A new celebrity is sure to get an earful from PETA soon. Matt Damon was spotted at a bullfight in Mexico over the weekend.

Not familiar with bullfights? PETA describes them as a cross "between a nimble, sword-wielding matador (Spanish for "killer") and a confused, maimed, psychologically tormented and physically debilitated animal." However, bullfighting has been a tradition in Spanish-speaking countries for centuries.

It's only a matter of time before PETA hops on the criticism train.

Other celebrities have spoken out against the ancient game, calling it barbaric and unnatural.

"I think there is a difference between animals being humanely killed for meat and animals being tortured to death for fun. It's the 'enjoying it' part I don't understand," Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais wrote on his blog in 2009.

"I have had several pets put down over the years when they were in pain with no quality of life," he writes in his blog. "It was the right thing to do and yet on every occasion I cried. What a wuss. Next time, I will invite the food critic round… It's only an animal, it was going to die anyway, may as well have a laugh. It may even become a tradition, and you can never end those."

Actress and former Miss Panama Patricia De León also teamed up with PETA to speak out against her heritage's tradition.

"Celebrating our culture is very important to me. But one thing I cannot support is the senseless killing of animals in bullfights. From the moment the bull enters the ring, he's destined to die. Outnumbered, frightened, even drugged or injured, his death will be slow and painful," she said in a 2010 PETA ad campaign.

No word how Damon feels about the sport. He is, however, getting ready to release a film that deals with furry creatures. We Bought a Zoo will hit select theatres this weekend ahead of its December release.

"Once in a while, we're lucky enough to have a picture to which audiences of all kinds and all ages respond so strongly, that it demands a big and unexpected event. We Bought a Zoo is that kind of picture -- and Thanksgiving is a great time to share it via this special very early preview," Fox president and chief marketing officer Oren Aviv said.

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Do you think Matt Damon was wrong or right to attend a bullfight?

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Comments on "Matt Damon at a bullfight: Cultural or cruel?"

Sam December 23, 2011 | 11:04 AM

You lost a lot of points with your fans on this one matt. Now unless you were doing real research to learn and then to do something afterwards in helping to try stopping this cruel act, then many of us can understand, but to applause? You done done mess up boy...

Anne November 22, 2011 | 9:32 AM

Matt Damon should be at liberty to choose the entertainment event he wishes to attend. Toreo is not a sport or a fight. It is a beautiful and dangerous art form where the artist can be killed at any time during the performance. It is an art form that poets, painters, sculptors, writers and composers have recognized as such throughout history by paying homage in their own art. It is a unique mixture of beauty & bravery (by both human and bull). Many people here cry about the treatment of the bulls but do not offer a solution for what will happen to them if it is completely banned. No animal rights organization will ever spend the money to preserve this beautiful animal. They will become extinct--hooray for animal rights! As for how the bull dies after living in freedom far longer than factory farmed animals do--I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees--or trapped in a cage while being force fed hormones and antibiotics to stave off the sickness prevalent because of the filth I live in.

Gerry November 22, 2011 | 8:52 AM

HUH? "Actress and former Miss Panama Patricia De León also teamed up with PETA to speak out against her heritage's tradition." Her Heritage's tradition? From Panama? There are no bullfights in Panama, per her wiki she was born in Panama, not Mexico, not part of Mexico, so no heritage...jiminy crickets "From the moment the bull enters the ring, he's destined to die. Outnumbered, frightened, even drugged or injured, his death will be slow and painful," she said in a 2010 PETA ad campaign. LOL I dont know why this is still stuck in the brain of Peta, all this misinformation about a bulls life in the ring, you guys need to read up first. They are not outnumbered, not frightened, and NOT drugged... Yes he dies, but he is born into it. Hat's off to Matt, while in Mexico go see a bullfight yeah buddy!

Woody McBreairty November 21, 2011 | 11:50 PM

I'm really saddened by this. Damon is commonly known as an environmentalist, political activist & purveyor of common decency, including humane treatment of innocent helpless animals. This sickens me, especially to hear & see him cheer as this animal is tortured and likely dies a slow and painful death. Matt should be ashamed. The barbaric practice of bull fighting (torturing & killing) is out of place in our supposedly civilized and humane society. Damon should know better, as someone who has consistently used the power of his celebrity to help make the world a better place. Disappointing & sad indeed.

Simone November 21, 2011 | 8:28 PM

Extremely disappointing that he would decide to go to any place where a animal is savagely tortured. And what made this all the more disappointingly was his lack of reaction to this barbaric torture, he didnt show any feelings at all, he evidently does not feel this is disgustingly cruel. There is no culture in the torture and horrendous suffering that the bulls are subjected to. Culture is and never will be animal cruelty like bull fights are.

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