We're all about helping you plan your day. So if you're downtown tomorrow at the corner of Capitol and Milam (just in front of the Chase Tower) at, say, noonish, keep an eye out for Robin Arcuri.
She won't be too hard to find. Just look for the
totally naked artfully naked woman covered in fake scars and wearing nothing but chains and, we're guessing, a pained expression. Arcuri, a model, Playboy Bunny and actress, is joining PETA to protest the arrival of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which runs at Reliant Stadium July 14 to 23. The chains and scars are meant to represent the beatings and cruelty towards animals that PETA claims goes on behind the Ringling Bros.'s scenes.
According to PETA's info, animals in the Ringling outfit "continue to die as a result of egregious neglect and downright abuse." It goes on to say that three baby elephants have died in the last decade, and that would-be circusgoers are "shocked" to learn details of the "circus's cruelty." Indeed, the stuff online can be pretty disturbing.
But what's distrubing about a (mostly) nude woman downtown? Nuthin', unless you ask Arcuri. "I'm here to expose what the circus is so desperate to hide from the public," she says. "These animals have been beaten and deprived of their precious freedom for a lifetime of cheap tricks." (Good to see she's not here for cheap tricks.)
We'll have to check this out tomorrow for, uh, journalistic reasons. -- Steven Devadanam
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