Las Vegas is commonly referred to as Sin City. Now Sin City is being forced to ask “Are we going too far? Pushing the envelope is Deja Vu Showgirls, a national nude strip club chain. Deja Vu which is located on Highland Ave near the Fashion Show Mall just off the Las Vegas Strip, has created the worlds first Stripper Mobile.
What is the Stripper Mobile you ask? Take a truck put a box on it, install plexiglass windows all the way around. Now install two stripper poles, add bikini clad women dancing on the poles and bingo! As they drive down the crowded Las Vegas Strip on a busy evening, they can call out to potential customers with a loudspeaker inside the confines of their truck.
This has created a quandry for local government. They don’t like it and are trying to figure out how to stop it. Steve Sisolak Clark County Commisioner said on Channel 8 News Las Vegas, “The driver looks over at it and goes up the sidewalk and plows down 12 people, we are going to have a real problem.” The Clark County Commision has obviously been taken by surprise by this new form of advertising and are scrambling to eliminate it. The Commisioners had said they would meet to discuss the matter on Tuesday, but in a surprise move Deja Vu grinded the operation to a halt on Friday. The Commission still plans on discussing options to make sure the moving peep show stays parked.
As for Deja Vu they say business is booming according to Larry Beard, spokesman for the club as he told Channel 8 News “We only run the truck between the hours of 10pm and 2am.” Limiting exposure to tourist families.
Fox 5 Las Vegas Matt Delucia also did a story on the Stripper Mobile that was picked up nationally on CNN. In Delucia’s story Larry Beard addressed the fact that the girls could get hurt in a sudden stop or quick turn, “They have a pole just like a transit bus they can hold onto for support.” Ultimately the Commission used the safety issue as the reason to end the ad campaign.
Las Vegas needs to decide which way it wants to go. For the last couple of years with ad campaigns that declare “What happens in Vegas Stays In Vegas” Las Vegas has shown a propensity to skew more to adults than families. Now Las Vegas politicians have made a decision that could lead to more constraints on businesses rather than letting businesses be creative and drive commerce. The fact is politicians spent two days on this when they could have been addressing real issues like unemployment, getting construction projects funded, and coming up with a plan to bring in more tourists. We all know who the politicians were acting on behalf of, the elephant in the room , the mega-casinos.