In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a big war on women going on in the progressive paradise of New York City as the hapless mayor and governor look to take us back to the 1950s and force women to cover up.
Fun City, huh?
While they were laying low for a few days after the Daily News decidedto make (Mayor de Blasio make) them Public Enemy #1, topless, body-painted ladies spent their Saturday as tourists’ #1 Times Square Attraction.
The women, also known as the “desnudas,” accept tips when they pose for people’s photographs, and since being topless and panhandling are Constitutionally protected, Mayor de Blasio has suggestedripping out the Times Square pedestrian plazas would be an elegant solution. Never mind that the other problems from costumed performers—anti-Semitic Elmo and child-shoving Cookie Monster during the Bloomberg years and bad Spider-Men (many ofthem) and groping Woody more recently—have never prompted such action. The Mayor later revealed he was forming a task force to solve a problem like Maria’s boobs, and suggested the plazas might only be reconfigured.
Enter de Blasio hater, Governor Andrew Cuomo. He, too, is scared of breasts and thinks topless womenare a step too far for Times Square, “I believe it is infringing on legitimate businesses. I think it is infringing on the investment that the state and the city made in the 42nd Street area, and I think it has to be stopped,” and said it reminded him of the “bad old days.” Sure, a handful of semi-naked ladies wearing headdresses is the same thing as junkies and dudes going to Peep-o-Rama, so he had his Empire State Development pass a resolution to specifically rid the area of the women.
Anyway, Cuomo’s enforcers were on the scene yesterday: The State Police and members of the State Department of Labor descended on the stretch of Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Streets to speak to the desnudas. In one exchange, a Labor employee explained to one woman, Amanda, “We’re just here to make sure that the working conditions are safe,” to which she replied, “I don’t have to answer. This is not a job. It’s not a business.” She added that she doesn’t have set hours, “I come when I choose to come, I leave when I choose to leave.”
The DOL worker continued, “And there’s no issue with your safety? Would you prefer to speak somewhere else?” Amanda said, “No. No one works with me.”
Why are Cuomo and de Blasio so afraid of empowered women?
Katie Lombardo, 26, an event coordinator from Long Island, posed for photos with fans.
“Free your mind! Free your nipples!” she shouted. “Men can walk around shirtless all the time. Why can’t we? I love it, This is about the genders being equal.”
The topless protesters had extra motivation as city and state officials ponder how to regain control of Times Square, which is teeming with badly behaved costumed characters and topless painted ladies soliciting tips for photos.
Luna Vega, 25, of the Bronx, who also came topless, said the painted ladies of Times Square models shouldn’t be persecuted.
“I support them. They are just trying to make a living,” Vega said.
Not if these women-hating Democrats have their way. Free your minds, guys.