ROBOCOP: Keeping Safe the streets of Detroit

Internet buzz this last week or so has brought to light a suggestion to erect a statue of Robocop in Detroit. What started as a joke on Twitter has found a voice online.

NBA Hall of Famer, Pistons great, and current Mayor of Detroit, Dave Bing first brought attention to the topic when he responded to the suggestion with this tweet:

@MT There are not any plans to erect a statue to Robocop. Thank you for the suggestion.

Well, it was Bing’s response that alerted the web to the suggestion and it’s taken off since then. An effort has begun to raise money for the statue to be commissioned.

Detroit’s Imagination Station, a nonprofit group charged with cleaning up Detroit’s blighted areas, pledged Roosevelt Park as the Robocop statue’s future beat, where he will follow his prime directive to “serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the awesome.”

Thus far they have raised $16,046 towards their goal of $50,000. I donated a 5 spot myself just moments ago and will have no issue putting in more when we get closer to the final total. Kickstarter is the fundraising platform they are using, designed for independent profit and non-profit projects to which anyone can contribute. Contributors lock in their donations via Amazon.com or other payment means but aren’t charged until all the money is raised and the project goes through.

Now several people have criticized this whole project as being wrong to promote such a violent movie, or simply stupid given other things the money could be spent on. But tell me Metro Detroiters won’t make a special trip downtown to see it once it’s up and stop for lunch while they’re there. And while it’s unlikely to inspire widespread tourism, it certainly couldn’t hurt.

Philly has a Rocky statue, and should I ever visit there you better believe that’s the first stop I’m making. Every time I’ve been to Chicago I have gone by the ‘Married with Children” fountain. There is a Superman statue in Smallville, Kansas and a Yoda in San Francisco. Even New York City honors fictional characters with their Ralph Kramden statue at the bus station. And in Japan, they have not once, but twice built a 60 foot Gundam statue.

Why can’t we have a Robocop?

Please, tell me what you think…

UPDATE: As of 10:31 am on Tuesday, the new total is $19,967. To Donate click HERE


Images: Orion Pictures

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