After a spate of arrests and bad publicity, the costumed characters who pose for tourist photographs in New York’s Times Square in the hopes of a cash tip have formed an association to preserve a livelihood that has come under increasing scrutiny.

歷經一連串逮捕與負面形象後,在紐約時報廣場上與遊客合影留念,以賺取現金小費的街頭變裝藝人已籌組協會,藉以維持這種已逐漸受到外界嚴格檢視的謀生方式。

Dozens of people dressed as Spider-Man, Batman, Elmo, Mickey Mouse and other children’s favorites, roam the crowded sidewalks and pedestrian plazas around Times Square each day, beckoning toward passing kids and their camera-toting parents.

數十名打扮成蜘蛛人、蝙蝠俠、芝麻街玩偶艾蒙、米老鼠與其他小孩最愛角色的變裝藝人,每天漫步在時報廣場附近熙來攘往的人行道與徒步廣場,向孩子們及其帶著相機的家長放電。

But city officials from the mayor down have painted them as pests who harass the city’s visitors. Police have arrested several performers in recent months, and began handing out flyers at the weekend telling tourists to call the 911 emergency number with any complaints about the characters.

但市長以下的市府官員已將這些人視為騷擾該市遊客的害蟲。警方近幾個月來已逮捕數名表演者,並開始在週末發放傳單,告訴遊客若對這些街頭藝人有何不滿要投訴,可以打911緊急電話。

The new association - a sort of cross between an informal union and The Justice League - wants to fight back against that image, according to Yamil Morales, one of the group’s organizers. (Reuters)

該協會籌辦者之一亞米爾.莫拉雷斯說,這個介於非正式工會與「正義聯盟」之間的新協會,就是要反擊這種形象。(路透)

新聞辭典

bad press:名詞,負面批評。press,名詞,評論或報導,特別是平面媒體的評論或報導。

fight back(at someone or something):慣用語,(對某人或某事)反擊。例句:It is quite difficult for her to fight back against three of them by herself.(她1個人要反擊他們3人並非易事。)

in the hopes of:慣用語,形容期待某事。例句:The suspect is cooperating with police in hopes of reducing his sentence.(嫌犯與警方合作盼能藉此減輕刑責。)

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