Does this even make sense outside of New York?

Cidu Bill on Nov 2nd 2017


(That being said, LOL)

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29 Responses to “Does this even make sense outside of New York?”

  1. Kamino Neko Nov 2nd 2017 at 11:56 am 1

    Yes. The Naked Cowboy is internationally known.

  2. Cidu Bill Nov 2nd 2017 at 11:58 am 2

    Wow. I dd not know that.

  3. Winter Wallaby Nov 2nd 2017 at 12:01 pm 3

    This made sense to me (here on the West Coast). But I’m not sure I would have gotten it without the clue from Bill’s title that it was NY-related.

    I like how part of his nightmare is getting a $0 bill.

  4. Bob Nov 2nd 2017 at 01:43 pm 4

    Even if you’re not aware that there’s a “real” naked cowboy, I think most people would be able to intuit the joke.

  5. larK Nov 2nd 2017 at 02:58 pm 5

    Bill: I would wonder the reverse — does any actual New Yorker get this? — because the Naked Cowboy frequents Times Square, and while Times Square is in New York, and is crowded, it is not crowded with New Yorkers, but with tourists from all over the world; in fact, I think you would be hard pressed to find an actual New Yorker in Times Square — maybe the cops..

  6. Cidu Bill Nov 2nd 2017 at 04:48 pm 6

    Easy enough to spot the actual New Yorkers in Times Square: just watch how everybody crosses 7th Avenue.

  7. BeckoningChasm Nov 2nd 2017 at 05:09 pm 7

    Just looking at the image creates enough context–he’s fully clothed and surrounded by naked people, so it kind of fills in who he is.

  8. Brent Nov 2nd 2017 at 06:33 pm 8

    I would think it was trivial to find NYers in Times Square… they really stand out: Elmo, Spiderman, Smurf, Mario, etc. Sure, some might commute… but if I really needed to find a NYer fast in Times Square for a scavenger hunt, I’d probably get one very quickly going through costumed characters.

  9. Mona Nov 2nd 2017 at 06:53 pm 9

    Yes, I’m in Washington state and I have heard of the Naked Cowboy. So, LOL!

  10. Ian D Osmond Nov 2nd 2017 at 09:09 pm 10

    I’m in Boston, and I know who the Naked Cowboy is. Boston’s not far from New York, of course, but I suspect that even among places further from NYC, most people at least know someone who’s been to Times Square, even if they themselves haven’t been.

  11. Singapore Bill Nov 2nd 2017 at 10:14 pm 11

    I had heard of him when I was in Singapore. It might have helped if the background looked more like Times Square.

  12. Stan Nov 2nd 2017 at 11:32 pm 12

    I seem to be the only one who has no idea who this is. Yes, yes, the joke is intuitive and there is enough context to work out what’s going on, but I live outside of NY and I really have no idea which specific person/character this comic is referring to if that helps to answer your initial question, Bill.

    Also, before helpful links are added to this thread, I don’t really care. As has been stated by BC and others, “Just looking at the image creates enough context”. Thanks, though.

  13. Stan Nov 3rd 2017 at 12:09 am 13

    Wait, wait, wait. Sorry, before someone calls me out on this, whether or not I know the character does not answer Bill’s initial question. The answer is, yes, it does make sense for the reasons listed above.

    Still, I don’t know who this is.

  14. Cidu Bill Nov 3rd 2017 at 12:39 am 14

    He’s a Times Square street performer.

  15. James Pollock Nov 3rd 2017 at 02:39 am 15

    Can we now start the debate about whether or not one may, in fact, be a cowboy of any sort, if one does not possess or work with any bovine ruminants? I’m willing to give a pass to some 50 to 60 professional athletes employed in or near Dallas, for the time being.

  16. Kamino Neko Nov 3rd 2017 at 03:24 am 16

    I’d rather comment on the fact that obviously the ‘naked’ part is false advertising. >_>

  17. Arthur Nov 3rd 2017 at 03:29 am 17

    Re nakedness:
    I don’t feel like looking it up, but I think that a few years
    ago they reached a deal where they didn’t arrest him for public
    nudity, and he would from then on wear a g-string.
    And no, I’m not from New York.

  18. Olivier Nov 3rd 2017 at 04:27 am 18

    He’s got a cowboy hat so he is a cowboy (although it’d be better if he were pointing his finger at things and going ‘bang’).
    I’m French, I’ve never been to NY City (I’ve studied in Alfred, NY) and I’ve never heard about this guy.

  19. James Pollock Nov 3rd 2017 at 07:17 am 19

    “obviously the ‘naked’ part is false advertising.”
    It may be obvious, but it isn’t false advertising.
    The fellow is advertising as “naked cowboy” and he is rather obviously NOT actually a cowboy, but he IS mostly naked. You are allowed to use descriptive terms for your products that are substantially, if not completely true*. He is visibly more naked than not. So, if he’s going to be busted for deceptive marketing, it’s going to be over the lack of cows, not the lack of nudity.

    * There’s an immense patchwork of laws that cover this, with a bunch of words that have specific meanings in law and you can’t use them unless you are in strict compliance with the body of regulation covering that term. (I’m specifically thinking of “organic” here, but that’s just one example.) If you go to law school, they’ll make you read an old case in contracts class which is relevant because you had two different parties who had completely different understanding of the word “chicken”, which was important because the contract was for the delivery of a large number of chickens. One thought the term “chicken” meant chickens suitable for frying, while the chickens actually supplied by the other party were stewing chickens. By reading this case, you learn that contracts can be void because the two parties didn’t really agree on enough to form a contract at all.

  20. Powers Nov 3rd 2017 at 08:08 am 20

    He may not be known by everyone, but he’s widely enough known to make a valid subject for a comic.

  21. larK Nov 3rd 2017 at 09:42 am 21

    I was wondering if he is one definitive he, or just sort of a generic, one of many; maybe there are multiple ones, this one claiming to be the original, that one claiming to be the genuine. Maybe they have shoot-outs at high noon to settle it.

    Maybe I realize I don’t care enough to even bother to look it up on wikipedia.

    The multiple Elmos were, despite the news reports, not heroic, quirky, david and goliaths, but just grubby random people in variously ratty costumes, and like everything else in Times Square, done to excess.

  22. James Pollock Nov 3rd 2017 at 10:07 am 22

    “I was wondering if he is one definitive he, or just sort of a generic, one of many”

    To answer this, one would do a simple TESS search to see if there’s an active trademark in play. Currently, there are two active, registered trademarks on “NAKED COWBOY”.

  23. Bob Nov 3rd 2017 at 12:10 pm 23

    Olivier@18 - “(I’ve studied in Alfred, NY)”
    When were you there? I’m originally from Wellsville, and we’ve celebrated Thanksgiving at my brother-in-law’s place in Alfred for the past several years. Also, my son graduated from Alfred U, and many of my friends from high school went to the U or Tech.

  24. Olivier Nov 6th 2017 at 04:11 am 24

    Bob@23 : Fall semester 1996.

  25. Bob Nov 6th 2017 at 05:17 pm 25

    Olivier - Fall’s a nice time of year there. At the time you were in Alfred, I was living just a few miles down Vandermark Road in Scio. My son didn’t get to college for a few more years.

  26. Meryl A Nov 7th 2017 at 03:28 am 26

    I think he was in the movie “Birdman” as I commented to husband that when the character was walking around the block (I leave out details of same to prevent spoiler alert) he went the long way around the block, passing the naked cowboy on the way.

  27. Olivier Nov 7th 2017 at 04:42 am 27

    Bob - That’s absolutely right : bright leaves ; I’ve walked most of the paths in an 8 mile radius around Alfred but Scio was out of my range ; I went to Andover, though (overcast day, deserted place : it felt like ‘Night of the living dead’: cool !). That was in October, I had gone with just a tee-shirt and it started snowing on the way back :) .
    Very good memories : I’ve really enjoyed American college campuses (I’ve also attended Clemson, SC and often visited a cousin at UCLA).

  28. Bob Nov 7th 2017 at 08:09 am 28

    Olivier - odd coincidence that you’d compare Andover (where one of my sisters-in-law and family live) to Night of the Living Dead, and I now live where the sequel (Dawn of the Dead) was filmed in Pennsylvania. Too bad the semester starts after Independence Day celebration - Andover swells to about 10 times its population as pretty much the entire county converges for music, food, and fireworks. Most of the surrounding towns have a special Spring or Summer festival/celebration - Hot Dog Day (Alfred), Heritage Days (Angelica), Balloon Rally, Trout Derby (both in Wellsville). It’s a nice area to be from (or retire to), but I wouldn’t (didn’t) want to live there.

  29. Olivier Nov 8th 2017 at 03:30 am 29

    Bob - “I wouldn’t (didn’t) want to live there”: with a good Internet connection, I wouldn’t mind. It’s quiet and not crowded : that’d suit me fine.

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