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Guns N' Roses ads removed following outcry

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Controversial posters advertising Guns N' Roses' upcoming Las Vegas residency have been taken down after campaigners said they glamorized rape.

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Axl Rose's band is performing a series of shows at the Hard Rock Hotel in Sin City until the end of the month, and the concerts have been advertised with an image of a woman who appears to have been sexually assaulted under the city's famous "Welcome" sign. The picture appeared on posters, billboards and in newspapers, sparking outrage among anti-sexual abuse campaigners.

Hannah Brook, executive director of The Rape Crisis Center, tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "This type of advertising is simply unacceptable. 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."

Bosses at the Hard Rock Hotel have now issued an apology and modified all of the advertisements. A statement from the company 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 (on Friday)." The band's shows kicked off at the Hard Rock Hotel on Halloween.

16Comments
Nov 5, 2012 3:51PM
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Its funny what people think of when they see certain things.  The conclusions they jump to.  How they try and force the image in their mind into the minds of others. 
Nov 5, 2012 3:40PM
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Where's the pic?  Hard to judge unless I've seen it...

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Wow - I can't believe all these people equating rape with nudity, infidelity, etc.  One of the three is a vioilent crime.  (Duh.)
Nov 5, 2012 2:47PM
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I thought what happened in vegas stayed in vegas. i smell a double standard.
Nov 5, 2012 2:37PM
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you are  joking right ? everyone who is anyone who follows guns and roses is well aware of the bands "image" and what they are "known" for .  i think it is fair to say that "sin city" could just as easily depict sinister images into ones mind ... oh but wait .. thats a "resort" .. so its ok .. 
i think thats bull s...t ... no one had a problem with the" appetite for destruction " album then .. apparently someones let the leash out to long now the haters are running amuck . you dont like it ?? look the other way .. and hey .. vegas .. dont you review the upcoming billboard and advertisement plans ?? this isnt even Guns and Roses fault .. get in the ring mother .... s 
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