It’s a showdown in Times Square. The Naked Cowboy, Robert Burck, has flexed his legal muscles, sending a cease-and-desist letter to Sandy Kane (a former stripper famous for closing her act by lighting her breasts on fire), the New York Post has reported. But why does Kane, a pyrotechnic burlesque star who had her own risque Sandy Kane Blew Show on public access TV for 10 years, need to rip-off someone else’s urban-goes-Western nudie schtick? Shouldn’t she have some original wild ideas of how to entertain people naked?
Instead of using her breadth of nude entertainment experience to foster new ideas that could make the Naked Cowboy an afterthought, she instead used her experience as an excuse not to pay. “I’ve been naked for years,” Kane told the Post. “You know how much money I make? Two dollars a picture. I’m not selling any products.”
But Burck thinks she should pay a franchise fee like the other Naked Cowgirl, 27-year-old Louisa Holmlund. After all, he has quite the business for himself, and must presumably shell out considerable cash for the full body waxes and patriotic skivvies that keep swarms of women swooning. But would forcing someone to pay a franchise fee for this even hold up in court? Where does it end? Can a panhandler claim the idea of holding up a cardboard sign and a Styrofoam cup? Well, probably not, but this whole fiasco is pushing some boundaries.
Regardless of the Naked Cowboy’s questionable legal action, Sandy Kane could show a little more of herself creatively. Maybe this is all just a publicity outcry for her second act, whatever that may be (so many twisted possibilities!). If she wore sleeves, we’re sure she’d have something up them.