Controversial Las Vegas Guns N’ Roses Posters Removed
Guns N’ Roses are currently in the midst of their 12-show 'Appetite for Democracy' residency at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, but posters promoting the shows have been at the center of controversy.
Those posters, which are based on the banned original album cover for 'Appetite for Destruction,' and show a woman who appears to have been sexually assaulted, have now been taken down. The artwork (seen to the left), which in addition to being on posters, was also used in newspaper ads, billboards, buses and taxis. It drew criticism for depicting violence against women.
"This type of advertising is simply unacceptable," Hannah Brook, executive director for The Rape Crisis Center told the Las Vegas Review Journal. "Not only for just the victims and the message of violence it brings, but also for the community in general. This is not the type of message we want to portray to tourists that are coming to our city. We want them to know it's a safe place to come, and by putting a message out there with Las Vegas above it is concerning."
In honor of the band's residency, the city of Las Vegas also temporarily renamed Paradise Road, which runs next to the Hard Rock Hotel, to Paradise City Road. Clark County commissioner Mary Beth Scow tells the Las Vegas Sun she regrets the county's decision. “I hadn’t seen the advertising before the media event. It’s clearly inappropriate. Maybe it’s the risk of doing business with a rock band, but I guess we’ll have some remorse over this decision. It’s a lesson learned.”
The Hard Rock Hotel has apologized for the artwork, issuing a statement Friday which reads, "Hard Rock Hotel & Casino regrets that the Guns N' Roses advertising for their current shows has offended any member of the community. The resort has decided to further modify the art and began the process of changing the materials."
The GN'R residency in Las Vegas runs until Nov. 24. Read a recap of the opening night performance by clicking below: