Scandalous photographs recently snapped at a risqué Las Vegas show have raised questions about technology versus security.
The photos were of performer Aubrey O’Day in topless revue “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood.
Between cameras and cell phones, pictures can be easily snapped and even full length movies can be recorded — causing rising concerns now to producers and performers.
The pictures taken were not suitable for children and were something the performer did not want to see surfacing on the Internet.
“I decided to call out tonight because of some nude photos that were illegally obtained last night at the show,” O’Day said.
O’Day cancelled an appearance earlier this week after the nude pictures circulated the Web. She later posted a video on YouTube addressing the candid photos.
“It made me feel bad. It made me insecure about my body,” O’Day said.
Security officials said they are not sure how the photos were captured. “We don’t allow any cameras in the theater,” said vice president of BASE Entertainment Marks Chowning.
But even with all the security detail and bag checks, many devices still do sneak inside.
Chowning works for the company that manages “Peepshow” and said it’s a problem that’s getting tougher to handle. “It’s somewhat of a losing battle. As you know, the devices are getting smaller and better equipped with more technology,” Chowning said.
At almost every Las Vegas show, nude or not, recording is forbidden. Knowing it’s almost impossible to stop everyone, “Peepshow” uses trained eyes and even night vision goggles to weed out clandestine photographers.
“We will be more aggressive about watching the audience. We will have the night vision goggles in use, and people who are found in violation of the policy will be ejected from the theater,” Chowning said. “Really trying to protect what the women want protected, which is not having naked pictures of them strewn about the Internet,” Chowning said.
O’Day has since returned to “Peepshow” after sitting out one night. The show opened earlier this year.