Detroit To Erect Most Awesome Statue Ever

Everybody’s favorite example of urban decay is erecting a statue of RoboCop. That’ll help its image.

By Zack Zeigler

RoboCop statue

There are a lot of very famous people from Detroit: Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, Francis Ford Coppola, Madonna, Oscar Meyer. So what favorite son or daughter is the city — which is trying desperately to shake the perception that it’s a dying, crime-ridden hellhole — immortalizing with a statue? Why, RoboCop, of course!

There’s no exact date set for the unveiling of the statue of the futuristic part-man, part-machine cop who first appeared in the 1987 movie and who is appearing in a reboot in 2013. But it’s happening. The idea first took shape, like so many great ideas do, as a joke on the Internet. After someone tweeted the idea to Detroit’s mayor, a group of visionaries decided to start raising money to turn the RoboCop monument a reality. So far, they’ve collected more than $65,000 in support of the project.

Of course, not everyone is on board. Some local ‘Ganders are acting like ED 209s because they believe people should give money to “important” causes like making the city streets safer, fixing up some of the city’s abandoned buildings, and blah blah blah. We hate all of their negativity, so we’re choosing to listen to Peter Weller, the guy who played RoboCop …


TAGS: guy movies, RoboCop


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Sean Sullivan (Fri, 06 Apr 2012 16:03:45 +0000): Isn't there other things Detroit needs to be doing with its money other than building a Robocop?
Ben Thompson (Sat, 07 Apr 2012 01:03:30 +0000): You may have missed the "Sorry about the mess!" sign at the door when you last visited Michigan... but don't worry; you can trust me when I say we're making amazing strides on the road to economic prosperity. What's that, you ask? You'd like an example? Well just a couple years ago we traded in our Canadian model governor for a shiny new American one! Want another one? Don't worry about the thousands and thousands of abandoned houses... I mean, sure we aren't really demolishing or improving all of them, but look, someone's making them into hip new art! You looking for more good news about the D? It's not the most violent city in America (Anymore!) For large cities, it is actually the number 2 most violent city! Yep, it was passed not to long ago by Flint Michigan, about an hour north. :) Oh, and for cities above 50,000 people, Detroit is even further down the list. Further down, behind Saginaw, Michigan, which takes the number one spot. Ever hear of Saginaw? It was in that one Simon and Garfunkel song ("It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw, all gone to look for America"), and it's just 10 minutes south of Bay City Michigan, famous for being Madonna's real home town. Well, that was fun. Lest anyone doubt my Statriatism, we're actually kicking ass in the home improvement rankings (partial thanks to Tim Allen of course). Number 3 most improved state in America, owner of the most beautiful place in America, and now packing a budget surplus which is going to teachers and police across the state.
Shawn Pepper (Wed, 11 Apr 2012 13:15:55 +0000): no......I can't think of anything more badass than immortalizing robocop. If this happens I'm totally moving there.


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