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No ifs, ands or buts about it, a statue of the bronzed behinds of se

May 14, 1997

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ No ifs, ands or buts about it, a statue of the bronzed behinds of seven female dancers is turning a few heads.

The life-sized bronze replica unveiled Tuesday in front of the Riviera Hotel shows the women from the long-running ``Crazy Girls″ topless revue clad only in thong bikini bottoms, their arms and legs intertwined.

``I feel like I’m part of history,″ said Stephanie Ruttenberg, one of the seven dancers who attended the ceremony. ``My children and grandchildren will one day come and see this.″

Not everyone was pleased with what was on show.

``It’s worse than I thought it was,″ said Anne Golonka, head of the Las Vegas chapter of the National Association for Women. ``It’s very sexual because it’s three-dimensional.″

It wasn’t long before a middle-aged tourist clad in shorts and T-shirt was rubbing the behinds of the 1,540-pound statue, while his buddy captured the moment on film.

``Look at that,″ Golonka said. ``Every drunk on the Strip is going to come by and rub those. What if they were your mother, your sister? Why not put a man’s butt up there?″

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