Detroit's getting a Robocop statue

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The group attempting to bring a Robocop statue to Detroit over the mayor's indifference just scored a major victory after securing a $25,000 matching grant from the company Omni Consumer Products. Wait, what?

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Fans of Robocop will remember Omni Consumer Products as the dystopian behemoth corporation in the process of privatizing Detroit, which "in the future" has fallen into financial ruin. Thankfully, this company, run by San Francisco businessman Pete Hottelet, merely makes licensed real versions of fictional products from films (Stay Puft Marshmallows, BRAWNDO: The Thirst Mutilator, Sex Panther Cologne).

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When they heard about the campaign to build a Robocop statue in Detroit, which was launched by a random tweet to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, they agreed to match funds raised for the cause. The total raised so far is $50,000.


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Detroit is not some weird amorphous concept of urban decay and violence. It is a city. People live there. There are many, many people there who fighting hard to make the city viable again. It pisses me off to no end that a bunch of nerds think it would SO AWESOME to show up at City Hall with a wad of cash dedicated to building a bronze memorial for all time to Detroit's postindustrial implosion.

And yes, that's what this is. RoboCop is a fun movie. But it is not to Detroit as Rocky is to Philly, or whatever. Not even close. The movie is, in a sense, a monument to the death of an American city. And wasting $50,000 on a bronze casting of that and then putting it up in Detroit is almost obscene. There are a lot of organization in the city who could do a lot of good for a lot of people with that money.

But hey, it's Detroit. The only thing the rest of America loves more than shitting all over Detroit is pretending what happened there isn't going to happen to them.