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RoboCop Detroit Statue Gets An Appeal From Peter Weller

Assuming your heart thrums with the life juice of a natural-born geek, you are undoubtedly aware of a recent offhand Twitter remark asking Detroit Mayor David Bing to erect a statue of RoboCop in the city, to honor Paul Verhoeven’s c1987 sci-fi classic. The request was politely denied and a grassroots Internet fundraising campaign quickly swelled in support of the idea.

Now the most important figure in this whole affair has come forward to put a stamp of approval on the idea: RoboCop star Peter Weller. He issues a heartfelt appeal to Mayor Bing — if that IS is his real name — to see reason in a posting on Funny Or Die.

This isn’t an unreasonable request. Putting aside the fact that there’s plenty of precedent for statues honoring fictional characters, there is no better home for honoring the efforts of RoboCop than Detroit. Verhoeven’s film presented a grim near-future image of the city, but RoboCop himself is a beacon of peace and lawful justice. A statue honoring him would do far more than appease a bunch of Internet geeks … it would also bring hope to the citizens of Detroit at a time when all seems lost.

Or, if nothing else, it would at least drive tourists to visit the city. Internet phenomenon, fun subject matter … just saying.

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Comments

  • It Was Dallas!!

    I know Robocop takes place in “New Detroit” but it was filmed in Dallas TX. so why would you put a statue in Detroit? all the skyline scenes are Dallas.

  • Kiel Phegley

    Native Michigander who respectfully disagrees with the premise that a RoboCop statue will do any real or lasting good for the people of Detroit. Really, posting this just makes me a target for trolls, but I can’t seem to help myself.

  • Acrid_Gunsmoke

    What’s funny is that Detroit today looks worse than the “New Detroit” of the Robocop world.

  • Spike

    Of course it won’t do any real good in and of itself but it’s a fun project and they managed to raise all the money they needed plus a whole bunch more to donate to charities that would do real and lasting good for the people of Detroit. At this point the question is more “why not do it?”

  • http://twitter.com/geminibros Adam Rosenberg

    I think it all depends on your definition of “real or lasting good.” Will it stem off crime or fix unemployment woes? Of course not. But it will have what has turned into a great Internet success story attached to it (assuming it succeeds), which will serve to strengthen its appeal as a tourist attraction. I don’t think people will come to Detroit just to gaze at a RoboCop statue (though I might), but there’s really no downside to having it there for people to enjoy.