OT-Robocop statue is going to be built in Detroit

Submitted by maizenblue92 on February 16th, 2011 at 2:30 PM

The Robocop statue is going to be built in Detroit. I don't really have much to say but the details are here. (don't kill me but it is a freep link)



February 16th, 2011 at 2:40 PM ^

neg away...

this might be one of the dumbest ideas I've ever heard.


edit: maybe I should clarify. art, yes please. robocop, no thank you. Detroit needs some serious renovation and sprucing up, but not with one of the worst movies ever made.

Surveillance Doe

February 16th, 2011 at 2:46 PM ^

Why anyone thinks it's a good idea for a city that is trying desperately to change its image to pay tribute to a movie that portrayed that city as an uninhabitable piece of shit is completely beyond me.  This sounded like a stupid joke when I first heard about it a few weeks ago.  Now, I can only wonder if there are actually people out there willing to drop $50k to keep the joke alive.


No one actually likes this idea, do they?


February 17th, 2011 at 10:15 AM ^

Or are you assuming that this endless amount of vacant land would be used for a statue?  Most of that vacant land are in neighborhoods and not a place where's you place a statue, especially since the city is trying to buy up as much vacant land as possible for other uses.


February 16th, 2011 at 5:06 PM ^

Read the article, dude!

The proposed location is NOT Central Station. That is their location of last resort. The proposed locations are downtown, near Comerica Park. That is not "Vacancy". That is in the middle of the little vibrancy the city has.

This point, your ignorance of the ideas genesis (a computer programmer in Boston, not Detroiters, as you say) suggest that you have a small enough basis of knowledge on the issue to prevent you from uttering another word.

At least, read the linked article before posting 27 times on this thread about how wrong everyone else is - everything you've said is verifiably false at worst, a distortion of facts at best.


February 16th, 2011 at 3:20 PM ^

you guys are missing the point that robocop is bad ass.  and it's funny.  


also, nobody is "dropping 50K"  people donated for the most part in small increments under $35.  that's like, going out to dinner one night.  id rather have a robocop statue and miss shrimp scampi one time then no robocop statue.    


February 16th, 2011 at 4:39 PM ^

the movie was an extremely cynical budget production, full of lurid murder and (okay) really kind of fun BUT the last thing--down to its inference of police corruption--that I want to associate the city where I was born with. The whole endeavor smacks of a desperate clutching at straws. . . make a damned statue to Detroit's survivors, or people doing great things there now, not some p.o.s. movie. 


February 16th, 2011 at 2:48 PM ^

If the city were spending its own funds to build it, I'd agree, but the money is being privately raised.  If there are people willing to make a pilgrimmage to Detroit to see a statue, that's a good thing.  And the statue's proposed location (near the old Michigan Central Station) might actually spur people to do something about that building.


February 16th, 2011 at 2:57 PM ^

People will do all sorts of weird things in their spare time.  

The bottom line is that Detroit has way, way too much vacant land that's just sitting there growing weeds.  Anything that makes use of this land is pretty much better than the status quo - especially if the city doesn't have to pay for it.  


February 16th, 2011 at 4:07 PM ^

I can't fathom any rational person donating $25,000 to build a statue of Robocop in Detroit either, but someone has. I personally think it's hilarious, and any publicity is good publicity for the city. As mentioned before, it was done with private funds and will likely bring some sort of attention to the city, that can only be a good thing. If it was done with city funds or replacing something else, I'd be against it, but it isn't.

st barth

February 16th, 2011 at 5:50 PM ^

If they have the balls to put the statue in the Detroit's most crime plagued neighborhood and then that manages to attract tourists then...yeah, sure, why not?  I'm all for it.  Otherwise I think it's just a dumb fucking idea.

On a tangent, when I used to live in Boston, there were some girls visiting who were huge fans of the current boy bands.  This was around 2000.  So I told them they should make the pilgrimage down to South Boston to see the statue of the New Kids on the Block who, of course, are a legendary boy band.  Surprisingly, the girls didn't catch on that I was BSing them and they spent the evening asking people at the bar how to find the statue.  Somehow eventually clued them in but it was pretty funny for a while.

With that in mind, maybe Detroit should not build the Robocop statue but, you know, just say that they did.  Anything to keep the tourists in town, right?


February 16th, 2011 at 3:24 PM ^

The first is actually one of the better science fitcion movies ever made. It's even better now that I recognize the ruthless Detroit crime boss as Red from That 70's Show. Part 2 is awful, but it still has entertainment value. Anybody know where I can get some Nuke around campus?


February 17th, 2011 at 10:47 AM ^

I won't neg you becuase its an honest opinion, but I neg you in spirit.  Quirky culutral tokens are pretty central to healthy communities, and how many geeks now will consider visiting the D to see a ridiculous statute, bring tourism money, and many consider a job when offered by the new battery industry?


February 16th, 2011 at 4:37 PM ^

good thing you decided to comment before knowing anything about what's being talked about.

and anybody that thinks it's wasteful should to go to kickstarter.com and raise money for the good people in detroit.  there's nothing stopping you from doing that.