16 February 2011

Sci-fi fans, rejoice: RoboCop statue coming to Detroit

Detroit, MI - Good news, sci-fi fans: RoboCop is headed to DetroitJust six days after raising donations on the Internet, a group of local artists and fans of the 1987 cult classic exceeded the fundraising goal of $50,000 this morning to build a larger-than-life sculpture of the crime-fighting cyborg. 
With 1,500 donations and hundreds pouring in every day at www.detroitneedsrobocop.com, the group plans to continue raising money until the March 29 deadline to make the statue of "as big and good as possible," said Detroit artist Jerry Paffendorf, who is helping raise donations. "This could be a multi-hundred-thousand-dollar kickstarter," Paffendorf said. "It's remarkable." 
The statue has set off debates about the artistic value of a RoboCop statue. Some complain that the movie, about a dystopian, crime-ridden Detroit, would hurt the city's image. Others said it's a fun way to bring more attention to the struggling, but resilient city.

Reporter: Robo, excuse me, Robo, any special message for all the kids watching at home?
Stay out of trouble. 

The movie is full of great one-liners. RoboCop was like a cyborg version of Scruff McGruff, but he got a movie dammit. Now I could go either way with this. Is it a little cheesy that our city is going to be represented by a RoboCop statue? Sure. Is it setting us back as much as the dilapidated landscape that surrounds the city? No. Hey, maybe these people donating all this money for the statue will come look at it, bringing tourism dollars to the city, fill up on a couple Lafayette coneys, and bounce. Now I believe RoboCop said it best, "Excuse me, I have to go. Somewhere there is a crime happening." And crimes are blog gold ladies and gentlemen. 


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