In the latest issue of “Seven to Eight”, presented by Harry Russelmack and broadcast on Sunday on TF1, one of the reports that was filmed in Texas on social networks was especially talked about. Titled “Rodéo, les enfants trompe-la-mort”, it came on the heels of the journey of several boys and girls aged 10 to 12 who, pushed by their parents, climbed on 500kg bulls and put their lives at risk. .
In recent years, rodeo has become one of the most popular sports among these trained shepherds, especially in the rural and poor areas of the southern states of the United States. Considered the most dangerous in the world, it is ten times more violent than American football. But if they can turn professional like adults, they will enter the very closed circle of stars in the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) and will be able to earn tens of millions of euros annually.
To ensure the show, competitions are broadcast, which are broadcast live on major US sports channels, to recruit increasingly young candidates, shaken by the increasingly tense and powerful bulls. After getting blood on his head that could have been fatal, someone congratulates himself for replacing a cowboy hat with a hockey helmet: “Otherwise I’ll die, no more brain.” Another managed to stay more than eight seconds on the animal. This kind of ingenuity makes him the pride of the family, and gives him the possibility of making thousands of dollars, which he will surely spend … his parents.
Last year, six Texas kids died during rodeos. In front of the camera, the father who lost his son in these circumstances nevertheless believes that he “does not regret” pushing him down this path. Even worse, he asserts that he would have regretted it if his other son had stopped following his brother’s accident. A confession that shocked many Internet users, who did not fail to recall, in parallel, the questioning of the right to abortion across the Atlantic.
“Rodeo, Kids Cheating on Death,” a 30-minute report that aired May 15 at 7pm, to watch or watch again on MyTF1.