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UPDATED: Sorry, Murphy. No RoboCop statue for Detroit

4 years agoby:

UPDATE: Robo fans are trying to raise the money for a statue on their own, and have set up the site Detroit Needs RoboCop to crowd-fund the project. According to the Detroit Free Press: "If all goes as planned, enthusiasts will erect a statue, created by a metro Detroit artist, at Imagination Station, an outdoor art project near the abandoned Michigan Central Station just off Michigan Avenue."

February 8, 2011: In Paul Verhoeven's violent classic ROBOCOP, the circuitry-filled crimefighter almost single-handedly rids a crumbling Detroit of a wide variety of common and corporate creeps.

Those heroic and ballistic actions are not sufficient to be immortalized in effigy on the actual city's grounds, however. Detroit Mayor/OCP employee Dave Bing initially solicited advice online looking for ideas for the city, and received the notion of a ROBOCOP statue.

But it's no-go for Robo. Bing responded to such Twitter requests with his own tweeting: "There are not any plans to erect a statue to RoboCop. Thank you for your suggestion."

How Murphy's armor-clad police-borg fails to merit such an honor is lost on ROBOCOP fans: "Some people just don't get it," grumbled one message on Twitter. Another wrote: "If I were mayor of Detroit, my top priority would be a RoboCop statue."

Indeed, such disrespect is clearly a crime. But apparently not covered under the prime directives.

Extra Tidbit: Bitches leave.

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11:29AM on 02/11/2011
Ok, they wont allow a Robocop statue, whats next?...an Alex Foley statue?
All joking aside, I think a Robocop statue would be cool.
Ok, they wont allow a Robocop statue, whats next?...an Alex Foley statue?
All joking aside, I think a Robocop statue would be cool.
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5:27AM on 02/11/2011

yeah!!!!

Now to get on with the Frank Drebin statue
Now to get on with the Frank Drebin statue
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2:47AM on 02/11/2011
They better get security guards to keep vandals from defacing it, or worse yet stealing it! If you put money towards it do you get to have a say in who creates it?
They better get security guards to keep vandals from defacing it, or worse yet stealing it! If you put money towards it do you get to have a say in who creates it?
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1:53AM on 02/11/2011
It would also be sweet to have a public bathroom that plays a recording of Clarence Bodicker saying "Bitches, leave." every time you flush the toilet.
It would also be sweet to have a public bathroom that plays a recording of Clarence Bodicker saying "Bitches, leave." every time you flush the toilet.
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1:45AM on 02/11/2011
Now I may not be from Detroit but that is a cool thing for the citizens to do!

Now all New York needs is a John Mclaine statue!
Now I may not be from Detroit but that is a cool thing for the citizens to do!

Now all New York needs is a John Mclaine statue!
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1:01AM on 02/11/2011
Aside from the statue story, the Robocop rap video on that All Crowd Funded website is actually quite good.
Aside from the statue story, the Robocop rap video on that All Crowd Funded website is actually quite good.
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12:40AM on 02/11/2011
I get why it might seem cool, but really? I like Robocop as much as the next guy, but you don't see Japan erecting a life size Godzilla statute....
I get why it might seem cool, but really? I like Robocop as much as the next guy, but you don't see Japan erecting a life size Godzilla statute....
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12:49AM on 02/11/2011
No they built a giant Gundam mech instead. Possibly to protect the city from a giant gojira statue.
No they built a giant Gundam mech instead. Possibly to protect the city from a giant gojira statue.
12:56AM on 02/11/2011
it's true. we'll need a robocop statue to protect us from canadian statues of wayne gretzky, michael buble, and the arrow
it's true. we'll need a robocop statue to protect us from canadian statues of wayne gretzky, michael buble, and the arrow
11:42PM on 02/09/2011
There's a Rocky statue in Philly, why can't there be a Murphy statue in Detroit? Next they'll tell me that San Fran doesn't need a Dirty Harry statue
There's a Rocky statue in Philly, why can't there be a Murphy statue in Detroit? Next they'll tell me that San Fran doesn't need a Dirty Harry statue
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10:31AM on 02/09/2011
We need a REAL robocop here not a statue, any mad scientists on here willing to try?
We need a REAL robocop here not a statue, any mad scientists on here willing to try?
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8:50AM on 02/09/2011

Prime directive 5

"I'd buy that for a dollar!"
"I'd buy that for a dollar!"
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8:25AM on 02/09/2011

If you want giant 200 ft statues of Robots

You need to go to Japan...

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You need to go to Japan...

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8:21AM on 02/09/2011
Life-size statue of Robocop - very cool.
200ft tall statue of Robocop - even better. Someone should definitely build this.
Life-size statue of Robocop - very cool.
200ft tall statue of Robocop - even better. Someone should definitely build this.
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8:20AM on 02/09/2011
I would make the commute at least once a week to pay homage to that bad jessie.
I would make the commute at least once a week to pay homage to that bad jessie.
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6:07AM on 02/09/2011

Oh I don't know it's such a bad idea for Bing to pass on this...

Considering most of my constituents wouldn't get it, or appreciate it (hell a good chunk of them probably wouldn't even know what a "Robocop" is), it seems like an awful lot of trouble to ask people to donate money and time to help get you elected, only to commit political suicide to get a statue of Murphy erected. I can imagine the opposition TV ads now, come next election cycle. A threatening voice intones... "While unemployment reached 30%, Mayor Bing spent precious Detroit resources, not
Considering most of my constituents wouldn't get it, or appreciate it (hell a good chunk of them probably wouldn't even know what a "Robocop" is), it seems like an awful lot of trouble to ask people to donate money and time to help get you elected, only to commit political suicide to get a statue of Murphy erected. I can imagine the opposition TV ads now, come next election cycle. A threatening voice intones... "While unemployment reached 30%, Mayor Bing spent precious Detroit resources, not on new jobs, but on a statue of UCLA adjunct professor, Peter Weller."
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6:16AM on 02/09/2011
What's scary is that's an actual unemployment statistic for 2010. Now what would be a good idea, is a bunch of Motor-city car ads FEATURING Robocop. Ad agency interns - now's your chance to steal my idea and get that Jr. Copywriter position you wanted.
What's scary is that's an actual unemployment statistic for 2010. Now what would be a good idea, is a bunch of Motor-city car ads FEATURING Robocop. Ad agency interns - now's your chance to steal my idea and get that Jr. Copywriter position you wanted.
5:43PM on 02/09/2011
it create a few jobs for the actual building of the statue. lol
it create a few jobs for the actual building of the statue. lol
2:20AM on 02/09/2011
I wondered what the fist was for. Joe Louis huh. Well a Robocop statue would be cool, and I would definitely make a road trip to go see it (I only live two and a half hours away)! Wonder what Peter Weller thinks about it.
I wondered what the fist was for. Joe Louis huh. Well a Robocop statue would be cool, and I would definitely make a road trip to go see it (I only live two and a half hours away)! Wonder what Peter Weller thinks about it.
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1:22AM on 02/09/2011

Love that extra tidbit

....Say it everytime I burst into the men's room @ work.
....Say it everytime I burst into the men's room @ work.
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1:00AM on 02/09/2011
Let's start a facebook group to get that beauty up! Hey, (through fb) we got Betty White on SNL and that was godly. A Rb statue would only help their economy, tourists much? seriously wouldn't you roadtrip to see that baby? I'll bring the smores
Let's start a facebook group to get that beauty up! Hey, (through fb) we got Betty White on SNL and that was godly. A Rb statue would only help their economy, tourists much? seriously wouldn't you roadtrip to see that baby? I'll bring the smores
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12:34AM on 02/09/2011
They have a giant fist of Joe Louis (just a fist and arm) but can't flank it with a Robocop statue? Maybe put an Axel Foley statue on the other side to guard the fist?
They have a giant fist of Joe Louis (just a fist and arm) but can't flank it with a Robocop statue? Maybe put an Axel Foley statue on the other side to guard the fist?
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12:32AM on 02/09/2011
Forget that mayor! A Robocop statue would be the best thing to ever happen to Detroit. I bet he would rather put up an Eminem statue.
Forget that mayor! A Robocop statue would be the best thing to ever happen to Detroit. I bet he would rather put up an Eminem statue.
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11:42PM on 02/08/2011

Bitches leave.

Greatest movie line ever.
Greatest movie line ever.
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