What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas? Really?

Is it me...

Am I the only person who has a problem with the slogan “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?" There’s even a movie with the same as its title! Oh, and the television commercials to entice you to visit Las Vegas – aren’t they paid for by a state-funded or state–run agency, like the tourism board or something like that? They should be ashamed of themselves! The commercials also say “What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas.”


I don’t know if I have quite enough to say about this to write a long enough article to be enjoyed by the masses, but I really had to vent about this. This has bothered me for a very long time. Perhaps I’m just now getting around to writing this up because I’ve always had a problem with letting others get to me too much and I try all the time to ignore those that don’t “fit in” with my way of thinking – they’re just not worth my time. What exactly is my problem – what is my point?? Well, it’s just plain IMMORAL! That simple, seven-word sentence says a whole lot more than just those seven words. It says that it’s okay to be immoral. It says that it’s okay to lie. It says that the city of Las Vegas condones lying and cheating. Okay, maybe not cheating, but maybe cheating. Bad behavior. Bad acts. Really, I’m sure no one assumes that it refers to “good behavior”, right? It wouldn’t be so enticing otherwise. Every time I hear that phrase it just makes the hairs on back of my neck stand up. Really, why are they condoning immoral behavior, and why do people go to Vegas to be immoral?

What has happened to this country that this is seen as entertaining and something to look forward to, to desire? Now, I’m certainly no prude, but I do have morals! I would never visit a place that tries to get me there by saying ‘whatever you do here, don’t worry, we won’t tell…’ I don’t ever want to be the type of person that wants to do things that I don’t want others to know. Not that I want my life to be an open book, but I just don’t do bad things (well, I do eat too much chocolate, but at least that’s not immoral!)

I’m already scared about what the world will be like for my kids as they grow and as they have their own kids. I try very hard to raise my kids right and teach them right from wrong so they grow up to be intelligent, independent, good people. Thank goodness they are too young to know what any of this means and, thanks to our DVR (digital video recorder), they rarely see commercials at all, so they haven’t even been exposed. But some day they will be. When that day comes, I may not be there to explain what it means or to play devil’s advocate. I have to hope that I have done a good enough job teaching them to be good people so that they form their own opinion and that it’s the appropriate one.

Las Vegas should be ashamed of itself for promoting immoral behavior. That’s my two cents about your campaign!

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MikeNV 7 years ago from Henderson, NV

Vegas is nothing like what the Ads portray. And OnlyVegas has a huge advertising budget. It's run by the Las Vegas Convention and Vistors Authority. It's their job to create an image for the town that excites people and puts them in a different mindset. But when you think about what most people do in Vegas it's all pretty dumb. They drink and they give their money away. A few go to overpriced shows. But hey, it pays for a lot of people to live here. So that's just kind of how it is. The ads seem to be working, people keep coming. But its not an invitation to immorality.

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Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast Author

I'm not saying that I don't like Las Vegas - I have been there - or that no one should go there. It is a great place and a lot of fun. You said it yourself, MikeNV - Vegas is nothing like what the ads portray - then why are they portraying it as such?!? I know that a lot of money has been put into the ad campaign, I just wish that the underlying meaning wasn't there - it's just not the way to get the "right" people there, IMHO. I guess, for some, a chance to be immoral and "no one will know" is exciting and puts them in a different mindset...

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James Ginn 7 years ago from Ohio

I agree with MikeNV. My wife and I are christians, don't smoke, drink or gamble and we had a blast in Vegas on our honeymoon. There are seedy sections of town where, I'm sure, things take place that you hope your children will never hear about, but, there are plenty of things to do. Just like anything else, it is what you make it.

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Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast Author

I'm sorry if I made it sound like I am against Las Vegas as a place to go - I don't drink, smoke or gamble either but have been to Vegas and had a great time. It IS a great place to visit (or live, for some). I am just completely against the "message" that this ad campaign's slogan insinuates. As a christian, James, don't you agree?

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

LOL. I wrote a hub promoting Vegas, but I did also give good sound advice to people about gambling as well.

Sinners will always be sinners, Lily. Is does not matter what the slogan is. Vegas is not going to convert people into sinners. People already have set agendas about their own ways. Their slogan really is open-ended and left to the imagination of the consumer. Different people will look at that slogan and think of something else: Think of it this way...Would you want anyone for that matter to air your dirty laundry?

All I can say is that it's a marketing ploy that obviously works. You have a right to your own opinion :) I really did like your hub however. There's nothing wrong with writing about subject matter that you feel strongly about--actually, its encouraged! First Amendment, anyone???

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Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast Author

Thank you, Dohn121. I agree. This certainly was not my typical type of article - guess I was in one of those moods where I needed to vent!

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tammyfrost 7 years ago from Oregon

Wow..Is a debate starting? Lily did you start a debate lol? Nice strategy! All I can say is "Vegas is Vegas"! The slogan bugs me at times...just because I am afraid my boyfriend will take off and cheat on me in vegas and then think it is ok....because everyone else does. LOL...I am just a jealous person. Nice Article!

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Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast Author

Thanks for reading, Tammy. After the Obama banter on that other hub mine, I'm taking a backseat on debating right now - lol! Two things: not my usual type of article; I was in a venting mood! second, if he cheats on you, he's not worthy of you!

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Helen Cater 7 years ago from UK

Lily Rose, I found this on shetoldme and think it's great. I have written similar and understand exactly what you are saying. Great hub.

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Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast Author

Thank you Helen, I'm glad someone else is on the same wave-length as me with this thinking!

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Motown2Chitown 6 years ago

Five words for you - Right there with ya, babe! The whole thing really bothers me too, and for a variety of reasons. Not to preach to or at anyone, but one of my favorite bible verses is from Romans "Live honorably as in daylight." There's obviously way more to it....but it boils down to just what you think. If you won't do it in the daylight where people can see you, it ought not be done. Of course, I'm not talking about things like sex or showering. Both of those things should definitely be done in private. ;-) BUT, if you have to wonder if it's okay, or make sure that no one knows you've done it when it's all over - you ought not be doing it in the first place. And yes, that phrase condones just that kind of behavior. Great hub and completely justified vent.

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Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast Author

Motown2Chitown - thanks you for that comment! I am not a religious person, but I don't have to be to love that verse you quoted - that really says it in a nutshell! I'm saving that one for sure. Again, I'm glad I'm not alone in my train of thought.

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emilybee 6 years ago

I liked this hub a lot and it is an awesome vent. I too have thought about this before so thanks for hubbing about this topic.

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Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast Author

Thanks for the support, emilybee! Sometimes a girl has just gotta vent, right? For me it's about morals...

Yasmine Cuellar 2 years ago

Love this!

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Lily Rose 2 years ago from East Coast Author

Thank you, Yasmine!

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