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    Axel Rose, lead singer for the band Guns N' Roses, performs during a concert in Budapest in this June 1, 2006 file photo.
By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
November 1, 2012|10:38 am

A county commissioner in Las Vegas has admitted regret for renaming a street in honor of Guns N' Roses after the band's offensive advertisements.

With "Paradise City" among their top-selling songs, Gun N' Roses received the honor of having a street temporarily renamed Paradise City Road.

The decision to rename the street had already been made when the group began to advertise their concerts using images of what appears to be sexually assaulted women beneath the sign "Welcome to Las Vegas."

Paradise City's Clarke County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow said the promo posters for the band were "inappropriate."

"I hadn't seen the advertising before the media event," said Scow on Tuesday. "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."

It turns out that the posters are a revamped version of the banned artwork on Guns N' Roses' first album, "Appetite for Destruction." The illustration revealed a robotic monster and a skeletal robot along with a disheveled woman with some of her clothes ripped off, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

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The posters have sparked controversy with Las Vegas residents. One online reader on The Sun wrote: "So with this ad, do you really think violence against women doesn't resonate? Why would the county commissioners not recognize this demoralization of women and then go ahead and name a street after this band?"

Scow added that she felt renaming the street after the band was part of doing her "due diligence" and listened to "Paradise City" beforehand.

The commissioner noted that she like the chorus line: "Take me down to the paradise city, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty."

As an advocate for victims of domestic violence, Scow said the county should retract its decision to rename the street and Guns N' Roses should apologize, according to The Huffington Post.

"When we start looking at pictures of objectifying women, we say, 'OK, this is Vegas.' This is beyond the pale, even for Vegas," said Scow. "This is something that shouldn't be celebrated in any community."

 

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