RoboCop could be making his way back to Detroit now that residents have raised more than $56,000 to erect a statue honoring the crime-fighting machine.
Last week, Mayor Dave Bing received a tweet from one of his followers, saying, "Philadelphia has a statue of Rocky & Robocop would kick Rocky's butt. He's a GREAT ambassador for Detroit." But Bing shot down his request, saying, "There are not any plans to erect a statue to Robocop. Thank you for the suggestion."
Shortly afterward, however, a campaign was launched to raise funds for the statue — and has brought in more than $56,000 as of press time, surpassing the goal of $50,000, according to the Detroit News.
Advertising entrepreneur Pete Hottelet of Oakland, Calif., contributed $25,000. Hottelet told the News, "Detroit has an amazing history, and it's one of those places where something like this fits in."
RoboCop, the half-man, half-cyborg, famously battled bad guys in a futuristic Detroit in a 1987 movie that spawned two sequels and a TV series.
The planned RoboCop statue would stand on privately owned land near the Michigan Central Depot, reports the Detroit News, and it is hoped the homage would become a tourist attraction.
Jerry Paffendorf, one of the campaign leaders, also believes the statue will inspire others to do good.
"If people can raise money for something like RoboCop, then they can do it for their neighborhoods or their schools," he told the paper. "Sometimes it takes a RoboCop to open up the consciousness of these things."
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Great idea! robocop is the one!
So can we put a statue of Barak Obama up in Washington? His presidency has been more entertaining with more riveting twists and turns than Robocop was as a movie. And, and, get this. We could have a day where the Robocop statue comes and arrests the Barak statue in his efforts to defend the public's trust! Then, all we'd need would be a Jack Baur statue to interrogate the Barak statue. I like where this is going. True inspiration of how to waste money in creative ways.
I believe Peter Weller is teaching at Syracuse University. Saw him on the History Channel. Maybe they should get the statue.
How sad when a city's got no heroes to honour. Personally, would rather C3PO than "Dead or alive, you're coming with me"...
A robot...I never thought of that. I bet he could hump my butt all night long.
I am from Detroit. My partner and I moved to Atlanta 6 years ago because of unemployment and economic problems in Michigan. Everyone we meet inevitably says how happy we must be to live away from Detroit. They always look shocked and surprised when we tell them we'd move back in a second if we could, we miss Detroit and the metro area terribly and were very proud of how our city was depicted in the Super Bowl Chrysler commercial. This is one of the stupidest things I've read about our city in a while. Detroit needs this statue like it needs more blight and poverty. The money could have been much better spent elsewhere.
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How pathetic can you get?
How about a statue of the Crow? That movie took place there.
So will the statue be shot up first and the head stolen second, or vice versa?
I think it will look very pretty indeed when someone puts a polka dot dress and bonnet on it
A Cyborg is half man, half machine. Can't be half man, half cyborg. That's 3/4 man. That's an abomination
I am ALL for a robo cop statue but it should be at the OCP headquarters in Dallas.
Why in Detroit? I mean that place is such a dump that the producers filmed that movie here in Dallas. If anything its here in Dallas that we would do something like that.
true, but the setting is Detroit.
If anything the idea that a city could go bankrupt and be bought by a private corporation is now closer to a reality than ever before.
I grew up in Detroit. The city looks like a 3rd world country... burned out neighborhoods, tons of abandoned homes, empty giant factories, empty fields, schools so rotted out that they should be condemned. Why on earth the city would want to try to raise funds for a make-believe character from a 1990's "B"-movie is beyond me. I"m just glad I moved away.
Where is MIchael Moore when you need him?
We're working to use the Robocop statue story to highly deserving Detroit charities under the banner #Robocharity. Right now we're trying to raise money for Forgotten Harvest. Details on the Robocharity Facebook page:
I really want to point out that the people of Detroit did NOT fund this project. A majority of the funds have been donated from out of state. Most people in Detroit do not support this project!!!!!!
Amen to that! I guess people are not actually reading the article, not that the article is complete nor accurate at any rate. This is being foisted on us by people who do NOT live in Detroit. I think this is just cyberbullying, people should not blame Detroiters for this.
They should do a remake where RoboCop timetravels to current day Detroit. Upon his arrival RoboCop is so disgusted with the SHYTTY Detroit city govt and lazy bum citizenry he goes on a rampage and kills the entire detroit population. Now THAT WOULD BE HILARIOUS!!
How many blankets or bowls of chilli does this cost!
Hope it doesn't turn out like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BraveStatue_1200x1600.jpg
In Vienna there is a statue to the late 80's pop star Falco of "Der Kommissar" and "Rock Me Amadeus" fame. The statue of Falco is twice the size of the one for Amadeus Mozart. Everybody's priorities are, um, different I guess.
Yes, because there is nothing else more important to do in Detroit.
How about erecting a 12 foot bronze statue of my bonner?
Can you imagine NY or Wash DC or SF making such a fuss about a Robocop statue. Detroit will allways be the ugly stepchild with no-class of America. They should razz all the homes and put up trailer homes instead.
Michigan is full of arrogant, know it all, Michiganites. The fall of this States economy couldnt happen to a nicer group. They think their doo doo smells like rose petals...well news for you Michiganites, your days of loafing around in the sun are coming to an end. HA HA HA!
Wow... Brilliant idea! Is this a joke? This says a lot about the Mayor.
The cit is struggling, many people are jobless, their education system is a joke, but hey, lets raise money just to waste it on a uselss statue of a movie franchise from the 80's. "well philly had a Rocky statue" OMG.
I understand wanting to boost morale and show people what they are capable of when they actually try, but you can do better than this.
Detroit should be burned to the ground. Instead you have these ignorant city leaders, that dont know Shyt from Shine-ola, making these ever so silly decisions. DIE Detroit...DIIIEE!!!
lol...lol.... i tell ya..... those folks in high places getting brave.. insulting us and we cant see it....... well thats what the majority of the world is heading for..... like mind controlled Robots..... do as your told or die....... still ill keep it to myself... its clever deception when 99% can be controlled by 1%, and the majority cant see it.... its like the protest going on now for DemoCracy.... ......lols...... sad....
"I'll buy THAT for a dollar!"
No pot to pi$$ in for Detroit but thank goodness for the robocot lunacy
This just confirms the lack of leadership in the city of Detroit ie Americas Ghetto. Too bad the Hip Hop Mayor is in jail...LMAO!!
This desire to erect such a statue to a fictional crime fighting hero blatently shows man's subliminal need to have a REAL upholder of law and order rather than the flimsy legal-punishment system that is now in place in this country and especially in one of the most crime ridden areas of the US.
What GM needs to do is build the SUX model car from the movie.
Ajay, if you go to the fundraising website. you'll see that the people who pledged money spontaneously decided to start a matching gift program too. For every dollar given toward the Robocop statue, they're also pledging money to Detroit classrooms, health clinics, etc. I'm not saying every donor's doing it, but if you read the comments, a heck of a lot of them are.
i would prefer a statue of Eddie Murphy in a 1967 Lions Jacket as Axel Foley, but Robocop will do for now
Wow amazing feat. Let me ask the folks who gave money to build this statue. Will you pay when asked to raise it for your schools. Your schools are running in deficit. You need money to keep your schools running if you want your children to have an education and job in future. Robocops will come and go. Literacy wont.
Wow...further proof that Detroit needs to be blown up and replaced with something better...like a 2,000 ton steaming pile of dog crap for starters.
Philly has a Rocky statue, Milwaukee has a Fonz statue. Why shouldn't we have a RoboCop? It isn't hurting anyone and is just public art.
"RoboCop" took place during the Republicanization of Detroit (a depressing city where the rich had everything they needed while the poor were attacked on a daily basis and forced to live in the slums). Granted RoboCop is a great character, but RoboCop ultimately fought with the poor and down-troddened against the corrupt rich. When does that ever happen in an America that is overly-complacent and ignorant (note how many of the middle and working class still vote for the "grand old" political party that's just for the rich).
Coming from a white teen who lives in the heart of Detroit, the Robocop idea is an awesome idea. Not only does it show what can be done by a simple message over an internet blog site, but also the fact that they plan to put it in front of Michigan Central Station is even more encouraging. MCS is an incredibly important piece of history to Detroit and this could bring better days for this area and for the piece of art that already sits on it we call MCS. Detroit is making a comeback in the next 10 years and us young people will be the people to do it!
haha i love the picture. it's the part of the movie where the tech guy is trying to tell robo not to do something and Robo flips him the bird with his data-jack!!!! WOOOO!
we have a 111 at robo statue, send in some backup. Its hell night, got a light.
THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!
Check your writing. A cyborg is already part man. He'd either just be a cyborg, or be half man half robot.
detroit is a dumpster- they should make a statue of a dumpster..
Hey jerry u freaking sissy come to Detroit and say that u ain't got the balls u small town little biatch. Forget u... Detroit stand up and beat guys like jerry up Hahahaaha
Instead of raising money to build a statue that will "inspire others to do good" Why don't you use that money to do some good yourself? Look if you just want to build a Robocop statue be my guest, but don't try to pass it off as some noble deed that will bring back life and money to Detroit.
And Nero plays his fiddle while Rome burns to ash.
Maybe Detroit would be better off using that money to either A. get or better train and equip real cops or B. bulldoze and clear some of the abandoned parts of the city and let them return to nature.
I've heard of this once before, and I find myself thinking the same thing I did when I first heard it: The whole premise of the movie is that the city of Detroit is such a burnt-out warzone, and the city government so hopelessly inept and corrupt that they sell the contract for city police services to a nefarious global corporation, the staff of which promptly starts performing experiments on police officers gravely wounded in the line of duty. I love the movie, and also my city, I just doubt that they are a healthy comparison. Yes, Philadelphia has a statue of Rocky. But the Rocky movies do not portray Philadelphia as a dystopic wasteland. New York does not have a statue of Snake Plissken. (Do they? What a thing to be wrong about.)
Looking to Robocop, tragic, beloved character he may be, for inspiration to the city of Detroit is really reaching. But it doesn't matter – this isn't about any debate on the character of Detroit. It's about inflating local real estate values, because, surely, a plat near a statue that's been publicized in the national media is worth more than one that is not.
Buy American cars. If your house is worthless, and you've got two foreign automobiles in your driveway, see if you can figure it out.
New York totally needs a statue of Snake Plissken.
Only if it is shaking hands with Eminem!
Isn't the moon wonderful today? It's still daytime!
It was actually filmed in Dallas. Go figure. The Detroit of the future will look like Dallas did in 1987.
Just a little FYI for all of you...I was the one that called the mayors office and laid into them for not taking more pride in just CLEANING UP THE COMMUNITY. I supported the statue and I live in Phoenix, I grew up in Flint and still am more than willing to do anything to help progress in the city there. The whole point is to inspire more people to JUST HELP...so why not stop being self centered and judgmental about a simple PRIVATELY FUNDED statue and start getting PROACTIVE in our communities. The government sure the hell isn't going to help, they plan to cut spending HERE where it is needed and send $118 BILLION dollars across seas. Thanks Obama for yet another SCREW UP...retard
Wow, PheonixMom... you called to yell at a city that isn't even in your own state? Is that high horse you're on narrow? You might want to be careful not to fall. Why not work on your own community before you dictate anything to anyone about their own. As for the money and cuts- maybe look at things proposed objectively for once instead of listening to your wonderful political pundits. Republican bashing of Obama's budget cuts is pretty hilarious considering they are MILD compared to what the republicans want- aside form that, if you paid attention it was an initial suggestion to get the negotiations on the budget going. If you didn't know.. he can't just make a set of budget ideas and make them law. Your elected representatives get a crack at changing it. "Retard."
Congrats PhoenixMom...Im gonna let you s*ck my D!CK.
Perhaps they can use that money to build their own Robocop.
There's a tourist trap born every minute. As I recall from the film, the Detroit of the future is a crime infested wasteland run by a corrupt corporate empire that values profit and products over people – wait a minute ... the city is like that already! RoboCop is the symbol of Detroit's destiny.
My friends call me Murphy... you can call me RoboCop.
I hope this Robocop statue will be built in DETROIT.
If it is built in Detroit then it will require Federal bailout dollars and probably not last very long before it needs thousands of dollars of maintenance to keep from falling apart.
LOL, Art! Remember the SUX-6000? LMAO! God I love that movie!
I have probably seen that movie 25 times. As a kid it was my favorite. Great idea Detroit!
lol too fraking funny big robocop fan
Wow! RoboCop statue costs less than an SUX-6000
This brings tears to my eyes being the proud native of Detroit that I am. This will only add to my street cred!
Well robocop was filmed in pittsburgh though so it doesnt make sense.
Most of the movie was filmed in downtown Dallas. The steel mill parts were shot in Monessen, about 50 miles away from Pittsburgh.
A Kansas City radio show wants to do the same thing... only with Thelma from Mama's Family in Raytown, MO
I'd buy that for a dollar!!
They should make a real robocop. Now THAT would stimulate tourism.
Another example of the lack of priorities Detroit has. This city is completely corrupt and the school systems are terrible. How about raising the money to better the community and tear down the abandoned buildings all over the city.
Another moron with a complete lack of comprehension.
These people donated for the purpose of building a RoboCop statue. If they wanted to donate to help rebuild the city, they are most welcome to – however, they didn't. The purpose for their money is this statue.
Is the fund set up BY Detroiters? I was under the assumption that this is something being pushed by people who do not live here. Can't tell from the article, but it seems to me that someone from the outside is trying to foist this on Detroit. Article quotes someone from California. I do not think this is being pursued by real Detroiters or even those of us from the 'burbs.
Half-man, half-cyborg? Don't you just mean cyborg? A cyborg is half-man, half-machine. Half-man, half-cyborg would be something like 3/4 man, 1/4 machine.
In other words: I don't think that word means what you think it does.
Robocop = Chuck Norris in body armor.
OCP will fix Detroit... they fix everything.
BORING!! Duke Nukem kicks RoboCop's @SS
The Detroit Lions..will win next super bowl.
They don't need a Robo-cop statue...they need a REAL Robo-cop, or two, or three-dozen.
Waitaminute!!! What about Axel Foley?
What about ED-209? Is he getting a statue too?
A Robo-Cop Statue in Detroit is a great idea if you are a fan of the film. (I am) Now, you can complain about it being a "waste" of money if you want. You can even complain about it not helping the community if you want. But if you want to do something productive to help Detroit, start buying American Cars. That is the only thing that will bring Detroit back to its proper place in this country.
If America produced a car worth buying, I might consider
Buy a Jeep!
I think it's because the films take place in Detroit, not because they were filmed there.
YES I love the pic they used. That was a funny scene. I hope the statue is that pic. FU!
What a waste. Detroit residents should instead focus on raising money to rebuild and repair a once proud city.
Uhhhh a Robocop statue in Detroit? The people of Detroit are aware that there were three movies in that awful series and they weren't all filmed in Detroit. One was filmed in Houston, Texas. If they want a statue that would be an accurate portrayal of that city, they should build one of an empty wallet with a pistol next to it.
I think it's because the films take place in Detroit, not because they were filmed there.
Not to mention, the statue initiative wasn't funded entirely by citizens of Detroit or Michigan for that matter.
Dead or Alive.. you're coming with me.
Robocop is amazing, one of my favorite movies ever.. I'm happy for this.
While there are definitely other things that Detroit should work on, a statue might raise morale just a tiny bit. Will it fix the city's many problems? Probably not, but it might influence people to try to better their community. Just a hope, but who knows? It could work.
Ummmm ok...... Detroiters can raise the money for a RoboCop statue, but yet the city is in such bad shape. Priorities people!
correction: the internets raised the money
Robocop statue = cooler than helping the poor? agreed. Philadelphia isn't exactly a utopia either, but they have the Rocky statue. I'm sure to some people, Robocop has more meaning to them than Rocky
Good example on why Detriot will be a dust town in 10 years, the best idea they can think of to use public money and stimulate the economy is to build a statue. Wonder what the teacher who's getting laid off this spring thinks of that.
P.S., Don't think Detriot is full of morons? Go look up the Aztec by Pontiac.
What public money?
Residents raised money and it is going on private land.
Did you even read the article?
Are you insinuating that every citizen of Detroit designed the Pontiac Aztec? By that logic, the people of Detroit also designed the Shelby GT500 Mustang, the Ford Fusion, the Ford Focus, the Corvette ZR1, the Cadillac CTS, the Dodge Viper, and applied the modern assembly line to automobiles making it possible for the average person to even own a car. So I guess you're welcome, idiot.
Your lack of comprehension tells the rest of us that you are an absolute idiot.
What are you talking about? did you actually read the article? This is the stupidest bunch of mumbling crap i have ever heard. Oh and about Detroit being a dust town in 10 years, Its never gonna happen! Ever!
I hope they teach people how to read where you reside disaster.... The money came from private donations.... As a matter of fact the article even stated the mayor said there were no plans to building the statue. That means that the Gov. has nothing to do with the project.
A Robocop statue to raise money for Detroit? Well it beats holding a telethon, I guess.
Next time take five minutes to read the article.
Read the artcile Butt Lick !
OMFG THAT IS SO FRAKKIN COOL
Leave it to a BSG fan to like this story. ;)
You get bonus points for saying Frak. XD
Lol weird. Why would a Robocop statue inspire people to donate to schools or neighborhoods again?
What are your prime directives?
"Serve the Public Trust. Protect the innocent. Uphold the Law."
Any special message for the kids watching at home?
"Stay out of trouble."
no, see, this is great, kids will have to google robocop to know who the heck he was, which will give them computer experience, so they can get a job, plus it will lead to more rentals for the movie, which means more hollywood money for the dems, which is good for detroit since most of the city is on lifelong welfare.
Remember when Detroit was dying?
Not only was the cop-shop on the take (New York was +2) but their mayor was on the take too!
The Robocop was an inspiration, you dumb fu*k!!!!
We can have support for a Robocop statue, but we cannot save the DSO, the DPS, or the poor. How ridiculous.
It's simple. We can raise the money for the statue because we have no trouble giving them the money. I can't think of a single person in any position with authority in Detroit that I'd trust giving $50K to.
comparing a robocop statue to a statue of rocky is ridiculous. rocky is a story about being a blue collar person, working hard, overcoming the odds and a triumph of human spirit whereas robocop is a movie about a cyborg/human who's a cop. i know they're both made up, but at least the story in rocky is something that people everywhere can strive towards.
You are an idiot.
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