Thursday, June 24, 2010

Naked Cowboy Showing Another Kind of Brief - A LEGAL BRIEF

For more than 12 years, the Naked Cowboy has made a name a for himself by performing music while clad only in a cowboy hat and tighty-whitey briefs.

Now he's whipping out his legal briefs.

Back in 2008, the Naked Cowboy (aka Robert Burck) sued Mars Inc. for trademark infringement after the company played a short animation of the blue M&M character playing a guitar while dressed in a white cowboy hat, cowboy boots and underpants on the electronic animation display that hangs outside the M&M's store in New York City's Times Square -- the Naked Cowboy's main venue.

For nearly three years, Brodsky has been performing ditties like "Tits My Party" dressed up -- or down, as it were -- as the "Naked Cowgirl," complete with cowboy hat and a skimpy red, white and blue bikini.

But now the Naked Cowboy has his panties in a bunch and has sent his female counterpart a cease-and-desist letter through his attorney, Todd Rubenstein.

Brodsky is confused by the legal threats, in part because she has been friends with Burck and also because of the timing.

"They waited three years?" she asked in a voice that reminiscent of Fran Drescher. "Plus, how can they trademark the word 'Naked'? There's Naked Juice and the Barenaked Ladies. ... I was born naked. It doesn't make sense."

And if you ask me all of this is rather foolish and you know what, Brodsky has a point. We were all born naked so why don't we all just go around calling ourselves "Naked - So&So" just to tick the Cowboy off!

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