Reporter Goes Undercover as a Topless Times Square Performer: 'It's a Girl Power Thing to Do'
New York Post reporter Amber Jamieson went undercover in Times Square as a controversial topless performer.
Tourists visiting Times Square are witnessing a new attraction: women on Broadway sashaying around topless.
City officials are furious. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “It's wrong. It's wrong. “I’m not going to tolerate it.”
But what's it like to walk around one of the busiest tourist attractions in America as a painted lady?
The New York Post sent reporter Amber Jamieson to find out. She went undercover for the assignment.
She told INSIDE EDITION: “Being naked part wasn’t the hard part I thought. The hard part was being naked and standing in Times Square. Once you have a feathered headdress on and you’re covered in paint you are very clearly performing. It's not like you are just standing around naked. What was much harder was trying to interact with people.”
For this unusual assignment, she wore nothing more than a robe and someone painted her body in red, white, and blue.
Then, it was time to go to work.
“Some parents would see me and say, 'oh god' and you could see them push their kids away... Kids would look wide-eyed and say, 'look at that girl, she is so beautiful' and come to have a photo with me,” she said.
She did encounter a few jerks though.
She explained: “There were a few creepy incidents. Two teenage boys, one of them brushed past my breasts and that annoyed me and then he gave me one dollar. I said: ‘Really, you're going to grab my boob for a dollar?’”
Many argue that if The Naked Cowboy could do it, so should the painted ladies - and Jamieson said she left the experience feeling it was empowering.
“I just think it’s a total double standard where its ok for a man to make money off his body but it it’s a woman its shameful and inappropriate," she said. "I think it’s a sexiest viewpoint to have and I think it’s unfair. I came out thinking this is a strong girl power thing to do.”
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