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New York: politics and the Naked Cowboy

I wondered how long it would take.

It seems that every so-called celebrity in the US has expressed an opinion on the Trump presidency.

But, there was one glaring omission: it took quite a while for anyone to seek  comment from one of the best known figures of Times Square – the busker who calls himself the ‘Naked Cowboy’.

Robert Burck, a strapping guitar player known for busking in his briefs, 10-gallon hat and boots, often poses for photographs with tourists wandering around Trump Tower.

New York friends tell me he has been doing his Naked Cowboy thing, regardless of the Big Apple’s weather, for about 18 years. In late 2015, an article on Time’s website suggested that Burck made as much as $150,000 a year – mainly from tips and sponsorships.

And, in 2010, this New York City icon and avowed conservative briefly flirted with the idea of running for president himself.

All this considered, it’s about time the Naked Cowboy was asked for his views on the election.


I was, therefore, delighted to see a recent article on the website of Business Insider Australia.

Quoting an upcoming interview with Burck in the January edition of The New Yorker magazine, the website described how The Naked Cowboy saw the President as a fellow “media whore”

“I have an affinity with Trump. I get him,” Burck is quoted as telling The New Yorker.

“We’re both media promoters, media whores, whatever you want to call it.

“People get hung up on political stuff, but I don’t care. Black, white, gay, transvestite — just stand up and make something of yourself.”

The Naked Cowboy apparently goes on to say that his wife is an illegal Mexican immigrant.

“Maybe she’ll be the next to be deported, who knows?

“I don’t think Trump would do that. But if he does, hey, that’s fate.

“Plus, it’s a nice thing to have hanging over her head — you know, ‘Do the dishes, or else.’”

Well, at least The New Yorker had the creativity to stray outside the usual predictable media formula of mainly interviewing other media.

If you are in New York City, check out the Naked Cowboy daily at around lunchtime in Times Square, 45th and Broadway. You may even hear him singing his theme song – unsurprisingly called “I’m the Naked Cowboy’.

He also has his own website.

Main photo courtesy Wikimedia and Alfred Hutter

About Ian Roberts (266 Articles)
Ian Roberts is a veteran Australian journalist, PR man and writer/reviewer on accommodation and travel. Over many decades, Ian has travelled widely reporting and recording his experiences. His newsy columns - including Memorable Destination - have gained a big following among people seeking suggestions and objective information about accommodation, travel and destinations world-wide. Along with wife, Sue and her camera, Ian has taken up a particular challenge to help budget conscious seniors 50 and upward with travel and accommodation ideas - including suggestions for holding family reunions. Readers in Ian's home city of Newcastle Australia may also be aware of his travel and accommodation column in a local newspaper.

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