chapter  2
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It's Hard to Be Elvis in Las Vegas: Entertainment in the Malleable Metropolis

ClaudeAyachetoldareporter."We'reafraidpeoplewon'tcometo

France,"Celine~,{oliereagreed,"becausethere'salittlepartofFrance here."Thenagain,theFrenchadoreJerryLewis,Underakitschysign

advertising"LejacquePot,"withthreeleg&oftheEiffelToweranchoredin

thecasino,theillusionwascomplete,ifyoucouldbuyin.Sowhatifyou

spokeyourhighschoolFrenchtooneofthealtendantsandafter

County'"?Fakeaccentsandfauxarchitecturenotwithstanding,Parisoffered

audiencesFranceastheAmericanmiddleclasswouldlikeit,withoutthe

rudenessandcondescensionAmeriC<lnssoexpect.AtParisLasVegasonthe

Strip,thebenet-wearingfauxFrenchactlikeAmericansandofferLas

Vegas-styleservice.WhatmorecouldtherealParishavetoofferAmericans

ofthenewcentury?