Naked Cowboy Sues Naked Cowgirl
She stole his schtick, plus she's sullying 'wholesome' icon
By Caroline Miller, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2010 11:25 AM CDT
FILE - In this July 22, 2009 file photo, Robert Burck, also known as The Naked Cowboy, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York's Times Square. One of Times Square's best-known entertainers...   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

(Newser) – It may be nothing but tightie-whities (accessorized with a cowboy hat and a guitar), but Robert Burck, aka the Naked Cowboy, says his signature attire, while performing more or less daily for tourists in Times Square, constitutes his trademark, and he's suing his female counterpart, the Naked Cowgirl, for violating said trademark, registered, thank you very much, in 2000. Burck's lawyer filed a lawsuit yesterday claiming that she's "devaluing a real American brand and icon."

To add insult to competition, Sandy Kane—the Daily News says her real name is Sandra Brodsky—has not only refused for 2 years to pay him a franchise fee, but she's tarnishing the name by being tacky and profane—"flipping the bird" while being photographed with fans, the lawsuit says. The legal shootout will play out in federal court. Kane, a former stripper, is a fixture on the comedy scene, the AP adds.

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JohnEd
Jul 23, 2010 7:33 PM CDT
Awh, just go make some naked babies !!!
Abecedarian
Jul 23, 2010 11:16 AM CDT
I was in NY last month and actually got to see this guy, he puts on a clean show for the tourists and people line up to take pictures with him. This woman sounds like trash and by her behavior, with no original thought. Hope he wins his case.
Megan Dahle
Jul 22, 2010 8:34 PM CDT
He won a lawsuit against Mars for $6 million for trademark infringement in an M&M's billboard. She's got no shot. http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/02/14/naked.cowboy/index.html