• Feb 10, 2011
What do you think Detroit is best known for? Cars? Motown music? Or RoboCop? A growing grassroots movement is insisting the latter, as support grows for erecting a statue in honor of the 80's cult movie icon.

Supporters have reportedly taken to Facebook and Twitter to drum up support for the potential landmark, but have received little support in return. According to reports, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is against the idea. And little wonder: the futuristic vision of Detroit, where the RoboCop movies are set, is hardly complimentary, depicting a crime-ridden metropolis run by corrupt officials and a privatized security force.

As The Detroit News points out, a similar initiative to honor Motown's greatest in Detroit with another statue never materialized, although the effort is not without precendent: just one state over, a statue of the Fonz from Happy Days was erected in 2008, much to everyone's "ayyyy!"

So... do you think Detroit should get a RoboCop statue? Place your vote in our online poll:




[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      The movies weren't even filmed in Detroit. Try Dallas, Houston, and Atlanta.
      • 3 Years Ago
      We should have one in Houston as well while they're putting up Murphy's statues.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Heard about this the other day on local (Detroit) radio. In theory a statue would be bad-ass, but as the second poll option points out, there are countless other areas in which Detroit needs to spend the money. I hope the social media groups are tongue in cheek.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "the futuristic vision of Detroit, where the RoboCop movies are set, is hardly complimentary, depicting a crime-ridden metropolis run by corrupt officials"

        The reality is that Detroit is a crime-ridden, decaying metropolis run by corrupt officials, to wit:

        "Kilpatrick's mayorship was plagued by numerous scandals and rampant accusations of corruption, with the mayor eventually resigning after being charged with ten felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty"

        "He is also under a new 38-charge felony indictment on additional corruption charges, in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud" by some of Detroit's most prominent officials"

        It's too bad there wasn't a real RoboCop they could sic on Kwame.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If it were donated, then I'd say it's a go! :)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Considering how Detroit burns through millions, commissioning a $100,000 statue is a drop in the bucket. I mean it's practically a ghost town there, but they want to spend $500 million on a light rail system. Yeesh. That's several orders of magnitude worse than a Robocop bust.

        Were Robocop around, he'd go to the Detroit politicians and tell em, "drop it!" Couldn't resist =)
      • 3 Years Ago
      they want a robocop statue? why not ask for a real robocop instead?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only if we can have an ED-209 statue too.

      And a Robocop 2 statue with working GATLING GUN.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If they don't do Robocop, because of the obvious connection with Detroit crime, what about a giant Bumblebee/Camaro statue?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Robocop is awesome! Give the people what they want!!!!!!!!!!
      Agnes
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seriously? Nothing else is going on in the world that needs attention? THIS is what people in Detroit are lobbying for? They want a statue of a fictional character?? What are they putting in the water up there?
      • 3 Years Ago
      How silly . -- but loved the first movie .
      Rockys statue didn't fare any better when he offered it to the whatever town .
      • 3 Years Ago
      What?
      • 3 Years Ago
      While we're at it, Miami should erect a statue of Tony Montana and New York should put up a statue of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Japan has giant statues of the fictional robot heros, Gundam and Gigantor. For scale, the Gundam is half the height of the Statue of Liberty [just the statue, not the base].

      http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20100106f3.html
      http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/10/06/japan-finally-completes-its-gigantic-gigantor-statue-video/#

      Korea, not to be outdone, is building a 360 ft robot statue of their Taekwon V robot. [3x times the Statue of Liberty]
      http://technabob.com/blog/2009/09/06/giant-robot-taekwon-v-statue-korea/

      These are massive tourist attractions [Gundam had 4 million visitors its first year] and, in Asia seen as a testament to the engineering vision and creativity of the country.

      The ITS World Congress will be in Tokyo in 2013, where visitors will be able to see Gundam. The World Congress comes to Detroit in 2014, people will only be able to hear about the vision of the RoboCop statue.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Robocop may have been set in Detroit, but it was filmed in Dallas and Ft Worth, and all the iconic buildings are in those cities -- Dallas City Hall, Old City Hall, Ft Worth Water Gardens. If a statue is built, it should be in Dallas!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hell, there should be a RoboCop statue in every city IMO.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not sure what this has to do with automobiles, but as long as you mentioned it, IF someone besides the City of Detroit would foot the bill, I'm all for it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Recession or not, if a group of Robocop-loving private citizens want to spend their money on a Robocop statute to donate to the City of Detroit, who are any of us to tell them not to?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Its a waste of money in these times. The government should not be taking money away from citizens to build a Robo-Cop statue. Total waste.
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