Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has shot down on Twitter an idea for the last remaining thing that would have gotten me to visit that city again. He said there are no plans to erect a statue of RoboCop.
RoboCop, of course, is the titular character in one of the greatest films of all time. Set in postindustrial Detroit, the movie presents the half-man half-bot police officer as a fighter for truth and justice--even if it means going above the law (and other cliches).
It's an iconic film that could be considered a pinnacle of the ultraviolent action cinema of the '80s. And it was directed by the great Paul Verhoeven, the mastermind behind "Showgirls" (go on, I dare you to dis "Showgirls"); "Starship Troopers;" and "Basic Instinct." There's nothing he's done that's bad, and "RoboCop" is perhaps his finest work.
Bing had asked the people of the Internet for ideas on how to help with the city's revival. A user, @MT, suggested the statue, as Philly has one of Rocky. A RoboCop statue, @MT posits, would "kick Rocky's butt." I tend to agree.
Sadly, Bing doesn't appear to. His response was "There are not any plans to erect a statue to Robocop [sic]. Thank you for your suggestion." Twitter, predictably, went crazy with tweets and retweets by those in support of just such a statue. I am now one of them.
"Duh. Of course Detroit should get a Robocop statue," wrote one Twitter user. Said another: "The Robocop statue in Detroit should be at least double the size of the Statue of Liberty." There is also a Facebook group, almost 1,300 strong as of this writing, in favor of a RoboCop statue in downtown Detroit.
Mayor Bing, I am among those who can think of no better symbol for the revival of Detroit than the badass part-robo, all-cop who helped bring order to a crime-ridden Detroit in an epic film. Please reconsider.