Detroit shoots down a proposed RoboCop statue

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 14, 2012

The city of Detroit hasn't had a lot to crow about as of late. Impoverished, run down and broken, the Motor City could use a hero. So why did its mayor dismiss the idea of a statue of New Detroit's cyborg guardian?

Detroit's mayor, Dave Bing, had solicited ideas from the Internet for ways to stoke the flames of the city's revival. And when the concept of a statue of RoboCop—the hero of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 sci-fi satire, a police officer brutally gunned down and resurrected as the city's golem-like protector—was floated via Twitter, Bing shot it down.

"There are not any plans to erect a statue to Robocop," Bing wrote on Twitter. "Thank you for your suggestion."

It's not like a RoboCop statue would be the first public edifice inspired by pop culture: Philadelphia famously has a Rocky statue, Woking in Surrey has a giant Martian walker from H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, and Stirling, Scotland, had (until 2008) a big ol' Mel Gibson from Braveheart.

Coming off of Chrysler's awesome ode-to-Detroit ad that aired during the Super Bowl, the town could use some metallic muscle. Why not Robo?

(via Den of Geek)

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