Mía Rubín Legarreta, the eldest daughter of Andrea Legarreta and Erik Rubín, made headlines recently after she accepted the proposal of the young rejoneador Tarik Othon. However, the news of their courtship was met with criticism due to Othon’s profession as a bullfighter.
Although Othon has experience in bullfighting and has expressed his ambition to become a bullfighting figure, some Internet users criticized him for animal cruelty. The controversy reached such a degree that Andrea Legarreta, Mía’s mother, defended her new “son-in-law” saying that everyone has the right to express their opinion.
Bullfighting has been an artistic expression deeply rooted in Mexico for decades, but it is not experiencing its best moments. A judicial order has prohibited the celebration of bullfights in Mexico City, and other states such as Sinaloa, Guerrero, Coahuila, and Quintana Roo also prohibit bullfighting. A survey conducted in 2019 revealed that almost six out of 10 Mexicans oppose its celebration.
In defense of her son-in-law, Andrea criticized the double standards of some people who are against bullfighting. She emphasized that there is a lot of misinformation on the subject and that the important thing is that Tarik is a good boy, and both Mia and him are happy with their new relationship.
Andrea Legarreta’s words indicate that show business and bullfighting are still interconnected. Actors like Mario Moreno ‘Cantinflas’ and Gonzalo Vega were also ranchers, and María Félix had a torrid affair with the Spanish bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguín. Belinda, Bárbara Coppel, and Alejandro Amaya embody other examples of the relationship between show business and bullfighting.
However, as time goes on, more and more people seem to be against the runs. The controversy around Mía Rubín Legarreta’s courtship with Tarik Othon, a bullfighter, illustrates how the topic remains sensitive and open to debate.