City of Las Vegas Coloring Book Sparks Controversy

A children’s coloring book published by the City of Las Vegas is causing raised eyebrows from concerned parents and children’s advocacy groups.

The coloring book highlights a variety of Las Vegas cultural icons, but the accompanying text has kicked up a firestorm.

Las Vegas coloring book

Cue the uproar.

Some parents are suggesting the coloring book’s contents are “irresponsible,” while others are noting “humor” has no place in modern society because “sad things are happening and we should probably just obsess about those all the time.”

Las Vegas coloring book

At all, ever.

While the level of anger is difficult to measure, many question the “value” of a coloring book that seems to teach children the counties where prostitution is legal in Las Vegas.

“If children need to know this kind of information,” an enraged mother Tweeted, “they should ask their fathers. This is a prime example of government overreach!”

Las Vegas coloring book

The real question is how are these not “essential” businesses?

The controversial coloring book from the City of Las Vegas is free to download.

It’s worth noting crayons are not included in the download, which may lead to disappointment for some youths and their families.

Las Vegas coloring book

All due respect.

Not mentioned in the new coloring book is the fact the City of Las Vegas consists of downtown and the northwest corner of the Las Vegas Valley.

Visitors to the Las Vegas Strip are often surprised to learn they’re not in the City of Las Vegas. They’re in Paradise, Nevada, in Clark County.

That means the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign isn’t in the City of Las Vegas, although it’s shown several times in the City of Las Vegas coloring book. If that doesn’t scream “conspiracy,” we don’t know what does.

Las Vegas coloring book

Not to scale. Or anything else, really.

The content of the seemingly innocuous coloring book has also raised the ire of feminist organizations, citing “rampant sexist stereotypes” which “are completely accurate, but that’s not really the point.”

We don’t make up the news, we just report it. Usually.

Dermatologists have also joined the fray in vocal criticisms of the new offering, although we’re not entirely sure why.

Las Vegas coloring book

The Sun wearing sunglasses. It’s like the coloring book version of “Inception.”

While the City of Las Vegas coloring book is raising hackles, its content is fairly sparse and comprises just 10 pages.

Given the fact nobody’s actually read this far, we’d like to take this opportunity to say we’ve never liked the word “comprises.” It’s just weird. “A deck comprises 52 cards.” Who even talks like that? Why hasn’t there been a public outcry about that? The public is always outcrying about the wrong things. Take paper straws, for example. We need a good outcry to get rid of those things in Las Vegas once and for all. The closest beach to Las Vegas is 273 miles away. If we could get moving on this public outcry immediately, we’d appreciate it.

Now, back to the regularly-schedule blog post you’re only skimming, anyway.

Las Vegas coloring book

How is that not an actual thing, though?

Requests for comment from the City of Las Vegas have gone unanswered, possibly because the City is busy approving easements or handling pandemics or whatever.

Las Vegas coloring book

Please lodge all complaints to (702) 555-1212, which is a completely legitimate phone number used in movies.

It’s unclear how images were chosen for the hotly-debated coloring book. Then again, it’s also unclear why the City of Las Vegas seal has the Hoover Dam in it.

Las Vegas coloring book

Joshua Tree National Park is in California. Sunrise Mountain is in Clark County. Please don’t tell the City of Las Vegas. It’s awkward.

The controversy rages on! Because let’s face it, everyone has a lot of free time on their hands to be outraged about things right now.

The City of Las Vegas coloring book can be downloaded here. Warning: The coloring book may not be suitable for sensitive colorers.

23 thoughts on “City of Las Vegas Coloring Book Sparks Controversy

  1. Laurie

    I appreciate the link to this historic coloring book, that truly “paints” this towns image accurately. I am downloading my copy and giving one to each of my 4 kids. Thanks Vital Vegas, for always keeping it family oriented.

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  2. Patty Morgenstern

    None of those statements you posted are in the coloring book. There is no controversy. You created it, Scott. Unbelievable.

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  3. George Rice

    Yes, the statements are not in the coloring book. Could it be the article is an April Fools joke?

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  4. Boulder Steve

    You have outdid yourself. I’m sure if the shutdown had not happened you would have not taken the time to create this masterpiece. After all gambling and drinking can take up a good portion of leisure time.

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    1. Scott Roeben Post author

      You’re probably right. I’ve done other April Fools’ stories, but this one was done with loving care because of all the free time.

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  5. Mark A Erichson

    I am SO offended that the City of Las Vegas did not include ANY representation of LGBTQ folks in its coloring book!!!

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  6. John Delibos

    It’s an April fool’s joke…and a very creative one might I add! You certainly tapped your creative juices to create something so novel. I like my creative juices to be orange flavored, mixed with vodka over ice and served in a sippy cup…so I don’t spill any whilst I’m coloring.

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  7. Carroll Lachnit

    You totally got me! It’s a testament to Vegas’ laissez-faire attitude that this project seemed completely plausible.

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  8. Crayola

    Not being able to work leaves a lot of time for the author to police and comment on the blog. She should not work more often.

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  9. Beatriz G Costa

    I was going to COMPLAIN big time about these coloring books but I’m glad it was only an April fool’s day.

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