Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 | 6 p.m.
It’s the latest absurdity of political correctness overstepping reality and trying to squash the fun of Las Vegas. A group of Native Americans is protesting plans by Las Vegas nightclubs over themed Thanksgiving costume parties where guests will wear Pilgrims and Indians outfits.
“It’s totally innocent on our part, and no disrespect or harm were intended,” nightlife party queen Tiffany Masters told me. “To call us racist is over the top. Two of us organizing one party have Native bloodlines. Another organizer has a Native daughter and really doesn’t appreciate this un-necessary drama. Our party this year is at Gold Lounge in Aria at CityCenter, and we used a model with fall foliage leaves instead of a costume.”
The protesters attacked social media sites of Las Vegas nightclub groups. “The Light Group is supporting us and is upset we’ve been singled out,” said Tiffany. “We won’t be threatened, but we have changed the name of our party to show our own sensitivity. But we still expect people will wear authentic costumes for the Thanksgiving parties. We can’t tell them what they can’t wear.
“We’ve had these parties for 10 years now every Thanksgiving Eve, and nobody has ever complained until now. It simply doesn’t make sense. All locals and nightlife industry people come together this night either because we are ‘orphans without family’ or are stuck working the holiday.”
I read some of the complaints, which stated: “Racism is real in Las Vegas. Am appalled at the audacity some event throwers in Vegas have toward my people. … It’s an incursion on me as a Native American. … I contacted several business owners because I think mockery should be stopped. … I am proud of my Native Line, and I don’t want it to be taken as a joke. … I believe in the celebration of cultures coming together — not the disrespect.”
I fail to see any racism or how a Thanksgiving Eve party with guests in Pilgrims and Native American costume shows disrespect. I didn’t hear any such accusations at Halloween, so I don’t think the wild accusations for Thanksgiving are deserved. Totally beyond me!
STARS GALORE: Hollywood stars will invade the Strip en masse at the end of March for CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theater Owners, returning to Caesars Palace. Coca-Cola is the official presenting sponsor for the four consecutive year from March 24-27.
“CinemaCon continues to grow and become the largest and most important gathering of movie-theater owners from around the world,” said Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon.
CHARITY SUPPORT: More than $60,000 was raised for eight local charities when our colleagues at Vegas Magazine hosted the fifth annual Vegas Gives. The philanthropic benefit honored eight women featured in the glossy’s November issue at the Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian and Palazzo.
This year’s honorees and charities feted by more that 400 guests: Gina Gavan/HELP of Southern Nevada, Denise Valdez/The Animal Foundation, Judy Cebulko/Discovery Children’s Museum, Stella Roy/Nevada Ballet Theater, Amy Rossetti/Communities in Schools, Linda Richardson/Make-a-Wish Southern Nevada, Francine Sanchez/Children’s Heart Foundation and Rose McKinney-James/Three Square.
WEDDING BLISS: Two of Palace Station’s favorite guests, Edna and Harold Owings, celebrate their 82nd anniversary at the casino on Tuesday. According to the record books, they are the eighth-longest married couple in the world and the fourth longest in the U.S. They were here only a month ago to celebrate Edna’s 101st birthday!
The hotel will roll out the red carpet for the couple, with limousine transportation to and from the airport, an upgraded suite for their stay, welcome banners and signs, announcements throughout the casino floor and a surprise anniversary wish that will be displayed on the hotel marquee overlooking Sahara Avenue and I-15.
On the anniversary, night the long-weds will be treated to dinner at Pasta Cucina, where a cake designed by Red Rock Resort’s pastry department will be presented to them. The couple call Burbank, Calif., home, but Las Vegas is their second home, as they visit Palace Station every six weeks and consider the team-members there as extended family.
CELEBRITY ORNAMENTS: Many Las Vegas celebrities have agreed to decorate and sign holiday ornaments to benefit our local St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They will be sold at Trump International Hotel, where Eric Trump’s Foundation has already raised nearly $8 million for the charity.
Book a room there on Black Friday (Nov. 29) and Cyber Monday (Dec. 2), and the Trump family will donate $10 for each reservation to the charity helping children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Celebrities include Josh Strickland, Holly Madison, Frankie Moreno, Claire Sinclair, Lacey Schwimmer, Anthony Cools, Frank Marino, Jeff Civillico and the sexy girls of “X Burlesque” at Flamingo and “X Rocks” at the Rio.
Legendary comedian and impersonator Rich Little will honor military veterans with a special performance of “Rich Little & Friends” at the House of Blues Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay, with proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors Project.
“This is such an important foundation to me, as it not only raises awareness and provides aid for injured service members, but also it allows citizens to give back to those who have served this amazing country,” said Rich. “I’m thrilled to do my part in honoring those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.”
DJ Morgan Page is at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
And DJ Carnage spins at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.
What’s awkward? Who’s awkward? Certainly not MTV’s brightest, bubbliest punky “Awkward” star Jillian Rose Reed. Meet the confident redhead who has been acting since she was just 7 years old and achieved Hollywood stardom before her 21st birthday. We caught up with her as she celebrated “Awkward’s” Season 4 renewal at a Hard Rock Hotel party.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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