You may think bringing your 5-month-old baby to work would be a bad idea. You might think bullfighting is animal cruelty masquerading as sport. But if you think either one of these things, you are most definitely not fourth generation Spanish bullfighter Francisco Rivera Ordóñez. Because if you were, you’d post a photo to Instagram of yourself with your daughter Carmen in your arms, showing her how there’s absolutely nothing to fear from a charging bull that you’re about to kill. You’re not going to believe this, but people are upset.
Rivera insists he’s just doing as bullfighters do. “There is no safer place for her to be than in my arms. This is Carmen’s debut, the fifth bullfighting generation in my family. My grandfather did the same with my father, my father with me and me with my daughter Cayetana, and now Carmen.” He left out that his father was gored to death, and Rivera himself almost died last year from a horn to the stomach. Needless to say, he is more macho than you, and way more macho than the child protective service of Andalucia, which is investigating to see if he broke any laws.
The equality minister points out that, “a football player wouldn’t run around with a child in their arms during a match.” Then again, Carmen’s more macho than all the soccer players, too. You know who she’s not more macho than? All the other bullfighters who have come to his defense, including Manuel “El Cordobés” Díaz, Alvaro Oliver and Andres Sanchez, who even included a photo of himself with his own son. Clearly, “Bring Your Daughter To Work Day” means something a little different in Spain.