Last week Crossroads featured a photo of the humongous statue of
V.I. Lenin that stands in front of Red Square, a restaurant at Las
Vegas' new Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
Today an observant Crossroads reader called to tell me that the
Lenin statue no longer has a head. Yes, comrades, the towering
figure was given a Soviet haircut.
Employees and patrons of the Russian-themed Red Square said that
during the two weeks the statue was up, head and all, people were
banging on the windows, giving customers what is commonly known as
"the rude hand gesture," yelling obscenities and generally
harassing everybody connected with Red Square for displaying what
they felt was pinko art.
According to Mandalay Bay director of public relations and
promotions, Bill Doak, the only way keep the peace was to lop its
head off. "We wanted to make sure that people believed we weren't
glorifying communism," Doak said. "We've brought the statue up to
more contemporary times, with the statue depicted as it is in other
The red's head now rests inside the restaurant where, in its
disembodied state, nobody seems to mind it. I just hope this
particular pack of protesters stays the heck out of Florence.
Michaelangelo's "David" might fare even worse than poor old