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Geeks of the World Win! ROBOCOP Statue in Detroit - Fully Financed!!!

Hey folks, Harry here...


Just got back from my first, very painful session in rehab, and it seems some anonymous donor plunked down $25,000.00 and now...  DETROIT is going to get its ROBOCOP statue!   This, frankly, rules!   

I'll keep you folks informed as to the progress of the ROBOCOP statue - and once it is erected, we'll get photos and let you know exactly how to visit it - and suggest themed notions as to how to act in its awe-inspiring presence.   Alex Murphy might have lost his family, but his spirit to serve and protect, to uphold the law...  it will be eternal.   He may be a fictional hero, but like so many fictional heroes - that does not diminish his ability to inspire and capture imaginations.

Personally - besides having my Uncle live in Detroit - I now totally have a reason to visit!   Can't wait!


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  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST



    WOW A robocop statue, GREAT!!!!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Paul Verhoeven

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Is laughing his ass off somewhere right about now.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Rome collapsed for this very reason.

    by ravenloff

    Your priorities are completely out of whack, Harry.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    All right, then, Plissken statue for NYC is next

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Fucking BRING IT!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Paul Verhoeven was probably the anonymous donor.

    by soup74

    why not?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    It's not anonymous

    by megaplex

    A company called Omni Consumer Products matched donations (for obvious reasons)

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST


    by ComSamVimes

    I'm from Detroit originally, now in Colorado (hard to go back), and well...fine. Kinda silly, but whatever...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    This is the stupidest fucking thing ever.

    by mastermold

    It's fucking Robocop, not Rocky. Who in the blue hell is going to care about this aside from geeks? I hope pigeons shitbomb the hell out of it until it disintegrates.

  • Both cities are shitholes anyway. Next up: An Omar Little statue for Bawlmore. "All in the game, Butchie. All in the game."

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    mastermold, you're right. It's Robocop, not Rocky.


    Robocop kicks the olive oil out of Rocky.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST


    by ComSamVimes

    Nah...even the pigeons moved out of detroit.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    I eagerly await Leeza Gibbons' impossibly cheery news report.


  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Let's raise another 50k...

    by worthless

    for ED-209

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    One day, AICN will erect a statue to me.


    Chopped, motherfuckers.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Rocky comparison

    by megaplex

    There may be more Rocky fans out there, but, after you weed out the casual fans, how many hardcore fans of Rocky are actually going to make the trip to Philly just to see the statue? It gets visits just because people are already planning on visiting Philly (I did). Compare that to the number of hardcore geeks (a much more passionate group, imho) that will end up going to Detroit jsut to see this, and the numbers MAY not be far off.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    You dorks need to lighten up.

    by the new transported man

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    And if Milwaukee can have a Fonzie statue, then why not this?

    by Mike_D

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Lighten up guys..

    by steverogers5

    I get that the money could have been better spent, but that's true of a lot of things.. (e.g What my country's spending on the Commonwealth games during a recession is kind of obscene..Not really convinced it's going to generate a better economic return..) But at least this will give the kids of Detroit something to be amused by.. ;)

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Robocop statue > no Robocop statue

    by the new transported man

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    $25,000 donation came from...

    by Andrew Johnson

    Pete Hottelot, founder of Omni Consumer Products.

  • Well, that didn't exactly, uh, help matters, though.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    I'd buy that for a dollar!

    by prof_chaos


  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    If it works in Philly...

    by TDH1138

    Hey, I'm from Philly originally and we had a statue of a fictional film character that became a HUGE tourist attraction. That would be Rocky Balboa. While RoboCop wasn't an Oscar nominated film, it's still pretty damn cool. Good for Motown!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    I can count on you nerds for one thing:


    Getting childishly indignant when someone disagrees with you. Fucking assholes. Go fuck yourselves. If you guys keep this up, I'm leaving and never coming back.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Hey, the_choppah

    by TDH1138

    Philly is far from a shithole.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    I vote for a Divine statue in Baltimore.

    by JustinSane

    Eating dog crap, of course.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST



    So it's an earwax hole? A vomit hole? An armpit?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    "If you guys keep this up, I'm leaving and never coming back."

    by Astronut

    God, I hope this keeps up.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Astronut, how could you say that?


    I thought we were buddies.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    the_choppah = what, 13... 14 years old?

    by Astronut

    Judging by his amazingly intelligent commentary and penchant for wasting a lot of energy through self promotion on the TB boards. Just a guess.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST


    by bassthumpa

    This is so stupid. Don't put this crap in my hometown.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, noon CST

    Philly's good for three things:


    - Cheesesteaks - Roast pork sandwiches (I like mine from Tony Luke's, thank you.) - A multitude of drunk and easy college girls. Come to think of it, that's not so bad, aside from the exponentially increasing crack corners and one comically inept mayor after another.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    I still think we are going to see a Robocop statue vandalism story...

    by Snake Foreskin

    about a week after the unveiling. They'd steal the damn thing if it weren't so heavy. Better to put up a statue of Obama instead. At least that way I wouldn't feel bad if it got vandalized.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST



    I drink whiskey that's 13, 14 years old. Outta the skulls of cowards and traitors like you. Seriously, I thought I could trust you. Now, I have no use for you. Fuckwad. CHOPPED.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    A SD Plissken statue in NYC?

    by Stalkeye

    I'm down with that. While we're at it, erect the statue near the WTC site. After all Snake wouldn't have landed his glider in NY if not for the twin towers.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Detroit is going to be in the Black now...

    by codecrackx15

    ...Harry will be the one and only person to make a trip to Detroit to see this... The local economy will sing his praise...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Snake Foreskin


    About time someone else on these boards had the courage to lay into that lefty-imperialist, Muslim-fundamentalist-enabler "president" of ours. Preach on.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST


    by megaplex

    Put it downtown on a well lit street with a lot of car/foot traffic, and it would seriously diminish the possibility of vandalism. Here in shitty Toledo, we have downtown art that's not touched, but we put a union monument up in a bad part of town (where a union strike occurred and was once a nice area) and it was less than a week before it got all fucked up.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Next:Elizabeth Berkley statue in Vegas

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST



    Hell, Harry probably isn't able to feel his own pulse beneath all those layers.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    This makes me ashamed to be a nerd

    by frankenstone

    Of all of the completely worthless causes to donate money to - the last thing Detroit needs is a statue of a character from a movie that makes fun of what a sh*thole Detroit is.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Rutger Hauer Turkish Delight statue

    by Samuel Fulmer

    For your home. A good ice breaker when you throw a party.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by Astronut

    It's like an infomercial that's been running for way too long. What was once mildly amusing has now turned into something really lame.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    "I thought I could trust you..."

    by Astronut

    Why? Seriously...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Can Detroit protect Robocop?

    by Andrew Coleman

    You know within a week someone will: piss on it, graffiti the shit out of it, cut something off of it. I just hope they hire locals to build it. I'm not totally against this I think it's cool. It's just Detroit needs a lot of help and a statue of a fictional sci-fi character might be the last thing the city needs.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Visiting Detroit...

    by Swoomustdie

    Is like asking to die horribly or deciding you have too much swag. Fuck that noise, if America is ever invaded I say we funnel them through Michigan. If they still want us after that, they deserve it.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Can I get a Jeff Foxworthy statue...

    by codecrackx15 in Atlanta? I mean damn... if were going to be putting up statues everywhere... At least our statue won't be defaced in two

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST



    We were boys in earlier talkbacks. We teamed up and CHOPPED some motherfuckers together. Used to be my homie, used to be my ace. Now I wanna slap the taste out your mouth.

  • Right in the middle of Union Fucking Square. Sing it with me folks: "It's been a long...long time comin'. But, change gonna come..."

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    I had to kill Bob Morton because he made a mistake--

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Personally, I think this is fantastic and I wish there was more fun news like this in the world. I see both sides of the story. On one side, Detroit is the Motor City and seems the perfect place for that shiny new car robot to be created and sit in silent honor, protecting the blue collar, hard working citizens of Detroit Rock City. On the other side, almost no other city in country has been as hard hit by the economy as Detroit and this statue will indeed be a likely target for frustrated vandalism. I can also see more conservative elements in the community fighting the very existance of a violent, R-rated icon in a public place. I hope it all works out becuase we could all use more fun in our lives.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Fuck yeah! The greatest fucking robot design in history!

    by UltraTron

    Rob Bottin- you did it buddy. The T-800 is your only competition. Until now of course. Wait till I unveil the new MechaGodzilla..

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Hm. I don't recall teaming up with you...

    by Astronut

    but it's possible I guess. All I know is, the "CHOPPED" thing is a tired act, man. Get over yourself. FYI you might want to stop threatening people when you don't agree with them. You'll live a happier, more productive, less "cave man-like" life not to mention a longer one.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    For fuck's sake

    by D.Vader

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Help me Finance a Clarence Boddicker Statue

    by Ryan Vaux

    Just send me money, I'll take care of the rest. Cash by mail only, no paypal. Message me for address.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Let's ask this. How much DID YOU contribute, Harry?

    by D.Vader


  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Bty the way, there's work on a Muhammad Ali statue in Louisville.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    In the paper today there's mention of a proposed Ali statue being built in downtown Louisville. I don't know why we don't already have such a thing. If that happens, I'm starting a petition for a Return of the Living Dead memorial of the "ready to party" zombie popping up from the grave to be errected in Cave Hill Cemetery.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    What's wrong with living like a caveman?


    No attachments, just looking nature and all its indifferent, dirty, bloodthirsty savagery in the eye and seizing life on your own fucking terms.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Not to mention all the animals in nature at your disposal.


    For sex and dinner.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see a statue of Emil, melted to fuck by toxic waste

    by Amazing Maurice

    "Helllllp meh! Awooooooough!"

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Great news

    by thommcg

    Now there's reason to go to Detroit.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Los Angeles Has Bullwinkle Moose and Squirrel

    by WriteFromLeft

    Outside Jay Ward's old headquarters.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Ya know what? That's something I didn't think about, d.vader...

    by Astronut

    Yeah. Did Harry contribute to this worthy Robocop statue cause?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    a statue of micheal bay plz

    by ORIONgods

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Now an ice statue of Jerry Lundegaard for Fargo!

    by CountryBoy

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST


    by NinjaChampion

    Maybe one day New Jersey can get a Toxic Avenger statue.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    it may be stupid

    by frank cotton


  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    @unicorndick Fuck Canada in the ASS!

    by Bandit 37

    You guys suck! Bla, bla, bla, hockey, bla, bla. Eat all the dicks! AMERICA IS #1!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Embarassing and Shameful, Honestly. From a Non-Hater

    by Crow3711

    I'm usually all on-board for frivolous nerdery....but this is wrong. Seriously, you're a delusional moron if you think this was a good use of 50k. Insane. That city is fucking DYING. And this is going to Oh, and even more pathetic than that...what about this statue costs 50k? Honestly. It doesn't need to cost that. At all. Someone is making a killing, and I doubt its the fucking sculptor. This is really shitty, not cool at all, garbage news. Sorry. I never hate on the site, I love it, I love the tbs, I don't talk shit incessantly like most of these tbers. But this is really crappy.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Dead or alive, you're making a statue of me.

    by Kamaji

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    I love the whole 'Stupid Americans' bullshit.

    by AzulTool

    Yeah, because we're the only country that does something like this. I guess that gigantic Little Mermaid statue in Denmark doesn't count, right?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Yeah that really pissed me off, CTM

    by D.Vader

    Asking money for a super expensive short film (I could make a FEATURE with that kind of budget) that GDT was producing? And how much did Harry contribute? Zero dollars I bet. Hypocritical. If he told us "I'm putting in this much because I believe in this project," I'd at least have a little respect for him. But as it stands, he can't be bothered. Shameful.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST


    by Ryan Vaux

    They have a statue of Toxie already, it's in Tromaville.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1 p.m. CST


    by bagwanbob

    "some anonymous donor plunked down $25,000.00 and now... DETROIT is going to get its ROBOCOP statue!" One wonders if said donor would do the same for a foodbank...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Damn, y'all, I came here to have fun...

    by Astronut

    not get depressed by people who push their agendas/morals on others. creepythinmanlives and all you other uptight people: There are thousands if not millions of other projects in this country (USA) costing $50K or more and the people behind them are in no way obligated to re-route them to a "more worthy cause." A Robocop statue — yes, even at $50,000 — is not being hailed because people want to be sarcastic or pour salt in Detroit's wounds, it's because — get this: WE ARE GEEKS — AND A LOT OF US THINK A ROBOCOP STATUE IN DETROIT WOULD BE F-ING COOL AND A POP CULTURE SYMBOL OF JUSTICE, OKAY? < end of rant >

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    I need dough for a hair inplant.

    by Ditko

    I´m not Murphy, but hey....worth a try.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    ricarleite3, great minds think alike

    by CountryBoy

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    The statue will stand forever as a testament...

    by blackwood the obscene class imbalances in the western world.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Was Denmark in an economic crisis then?

    by D.Vader

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST


    by carlinesque_thinktank

    "wasting a lot of energy through self promotion on the TB boards." Isn't that, what TB is all about?

  • Lighten up, Francis.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Astronut said...

    by bagwanbob

    "There are thousands if not millions of other projects in this country (USA) costing $50K or more and the people behind them are in no way obligated to re-route them to a "more worthy cause." The sad thing is that this is true. It's not about projects being obligated to do "X", "Y" or "Z". It's more about the general lack of cincern people feel about their feloow man, and the fact that people would rather watch American Idol than to shove a little day light between the sofa and their asses to take care of the people around them. The fact that "Michigan is ranked 5th in the nation on homeless polls" ( but this kind of thing is glorified simply reflects the rampant level of social apathy running rampant in today's society. But hey, who knows, maybe next year, they can get a solid gold statue of Paros Hilton mouth humping a cheeseburger...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    sorry, "ignorant and wrong"

    by AzulTool

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Let's get a Tony Montana statue for Miami!

    by MaxCalifornia.

    It'll be fifty feet tall and straddle Ocean Ave on South Beach like the Colossus. Tony Montana in classic pose holding a machine gun. It'll bear the inscription "This town like a great big pussy waiting to get fucked".

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    and then of course

    by bagwanbob

    I could read the damn thing before I post it..

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    "Stupid Americans" @azultool

    by blackwood

    Well, azultool, Denmark has virtually no poverty and believes in social rights as necessary for a free and equal society. So, yeah, their Little Mermaid statue isn't offensive, because the Nordic model of social welfare has always put "guaranteed minimum income, employment, education and health care" as a top priority.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Clarence Boddicker statue inscription

    by MaxCalifornia.

    The Clarence Boddicker statue should be on the main highway into the city, and say "Welcome to Detroit...Bitches leave".

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    "... and let you know exactly how to visit it."

    by James Westfall

    Oh, fuck that! Detroit's a hellhole!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Funny thing is...

    by NoMoreGats

    Save for the opening shot, the vast majority of Robocop was filmed in Dallas. So....shouldn't Dallas get the Robocop statue?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Idiocracy was a documentary

    by Nerd Rage

    As someone else said we're living in the movie Idiocracy. But if we're going to live in a idiot society it should definitely include perks like fucking Robocop statues! Hopefully Starbucks coffee will be replaced with brothels next.

  • And that's on The Presidio. A National Fucking Park! OH MY GOD! HEAD FOR ZE HILLS! IT'S ARMAGEDDON!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Man, I'd love for a Buttfucker's to open up near me.


  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST


    by Nerd Rage

    Please explain how $50,000 could be used in better ways in Detroit than a fucking tourist attraction.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    I keep thinking....

    by bagwanbob

    "Fuck Martha Stewart. Martha's polishing the brass on the Titanic; it's all going down, man. " Stuff like this, "reality" shows featuring brides to be competing for nose jobs and fake tits, the wardrobe malfunction of the day flashing across internet news sites, and people getting paid the GNP of a small country to chase a fucking ball around a field while inner city violence and unemployment rage out of control, and the air, water and soil are becoming incapable of supporting life, really just seems to point out that most people couldn't be bothered with anything more than a vague sense of cynicism.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Newark NJ rumored to be working on Hellboy Statue

    by Dark Doom

    Really... And by the way all you America haters.. remember WWII? So next time some asshole/s from Europe or Asia tries take over the world... Go get help from somewhere else you douche bags...

  • - a website dedicated to the silliest, most frivolous kinds of movies imaginable, at that - about the decline and decadence of Western civilization.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    by Ptown

    What are you laughin "aboot" anyways?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Bah. Wanna impress me? Put a Godzilla statue in Tokyo. Full-size.

    by GreatWhiteNoise

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man statue in Manhattan

    by GreatWhiteNoise

  • Geek is a big industry, and this statue could be the keystone to bringing conventions and other things that will attract that market to a city that could use the tourism revenue. It needs to reinvent itself, and if this helps, why would you discount it as a good idea? If you feel so strongly that money could be better spent elsewhere, please, donate to other organizations. This statue brings awareness to the needs of the city, and has people thinking about other ways to help, that's nothing but positive. Try to think for yourself for a moment before you seek out negative bandwagons to jump on, it'll make you a more interesting person.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    And there's the compulsory Tyler Durden quotation.


    You do realize that Fight Club is intended as much a satire of U.S. consumerist culture as it is the crypto-fascist, reactionary, sexist, paternalistic response it provokes in its insane protagonist, don't you? Don't you? Nah, probably not.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    What are you laugin "aboot" unicorndick..

    by Ptown

    I guess you guys need something to make fun of..I mean it's not like canadians aren't the punchline of the world.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    nerd rage

    by bagwanbob

    pick one: Some things are more importaht than a statue representing a fictional movie character. I agree with the whole idea of a tourist attraction, but if something's rotting at the center, painting the surface can only do so much...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Hell yea, going to be sweet

    by Brandon

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    yeah, I kinda got that

    by bagwanbob

    when 20 seconds into the movie he mentiones "Planet Starbucks", but hey, what do I know...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Does he really deserve a statue over...

    by bluemonolith

    ...THIS GUY?!?!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Stupid waste of money

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    it may be, but you could say the same about a lot of human endeavours. Personally I think this is fucking cool news!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Rocky Vs Robocop argument is dumb

    by Phategod100

    One the city did not pay for it the studio did. Back then Philly was not the shit hole Detriot currently is. Detriot and the people there should have better priorities then a statue of a fictional character from a 20 year old movie. And I loved Robocop but this is ridiculous.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    You don't get it.

    by AzulTool

    You can try all day to make the connection between the downfall of our society and a stupid statue, but if the good people of Detroit aren't paying for it than it's a moot point. It's like saying that I'm contributing to our decline by putting a garden gnome on my front lawn, just because you don't like garden gnomes. For the record, I don't like garden gnomes. And, I think the Robocop thing is only cool in a lame, cheesy way. Just like the many, many weird roadside attractions that you'll find all across the country. I like that stuff. I think that stuff gives us character. I'm sorry if I don't think that a Robocop statue is emblematic of everything that is fucked-up about our society, but I don't. If all of you guys freaking out about something so trivial, actually channeled some of that manic energy into something constructive, something that helped put a dent into what you're complaining about, I'll listen to you. Who knows, maybe you do? But, something tells me that you don't. Something tells me that you're just ranting to a few people on a dopey fanboy website.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    This is awesome.

    by vanchimera

    I love it. That is all. Insightful, no?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    I love the first RoboCop movie......

    by Darth_Kaos

    but why?....shit, I could use that 50,000. And I would use it more constructively.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    This is Awesome!

    by BlackBriar

    It's coming from donations not from tax payers, I' really don't the problem from the people complaining about better use of the money. For those talking Shit about America can go Fuck themselves in the Ass!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Wow, creepy I can sense your rage towards the US especially

    by Stalkeye

    when fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuckk..goes across the AICN's bluish template. good post as always.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    a better example of idiocracy nerdrage

    by Phategod100

    How about Starbucks brothels?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    fuck all you haters

    by BBSloth

    this is an awesome idea! There are plenty of fictional statues, from Beatrix Potters characters to Norman Lindsay

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    We should erect a Gotham City so we can then erect a Batman statue...

    by Negative Man

    Seriously. How about we use that money for...I dunno...feeding the poor kids who live in Detroit?! Buying new text books for Elementary schools, maybe? Won't somebody think of the children?!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    I don't see the big deal.

    by Bruda5000

    These are privately donated funds for a grassroots project. I doesn't hurt anyone and personally I think its pretty cool. As I think a Batman statue on a building in New York over looking the city would be cool. As would a Clark Kent statue in Iowa. We erect monuments to those that inspire or move us. Sports stars, actors, politicians, heroes, fictional characters. Detroit needs more to be happy about, it is a city trying to rise from the ashes. If people want to erect a monument to a fictional character that signifies security and protection I'm behind it. That being said I think it would be funny as hell to have a Clarence Boddicker monument in old Detroit. It's a fun story, too much going in the world to be angry about it. Lighten up folks!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST


    by Astronut

    You are so right. Every word of your last post is dead on — especially your garden gnome analogy, lol! People need to lighten up. Not every dime spent needs to be toward a worthy cause.

  • Send your cash to me now! Demonic pagan Jesus demands it!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    I think it's heartening...

    by blackwood

    ...that people on a frivolous site dedicated to asinine geekery have enough presence of mind to look at the current economic climate, with rampant unemployment and an ever-increasing gap between the rich and the poor, and feel outraged that a testament to the ever-wealthier rich is going to be erected in a once-great city that itself has become symbolic of economic inequity and the death of the American dream.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    The Bronze Fonz transformed downtown Milwaukee

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    It's been a real boon to our economy, much more so than all the manufacturing that Clinton handed to China, Mexico & Brazil. THANK GOD FOR THE BRONZE FONZ. AYYYYYYYYYYYYY

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    an assinine thing to do.


    What a moronic thing to make a statue of. I used to think that Geeks and retards were 2 different things.... not so sure any more.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    But I also hope...

    by blackwood

    ...that it inspires people and leads to good things for Detroit.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Robocop still matters

    by Jed

    Watch the goddamn movie and get back to me. Notice how the silly superhero origin story manages to still be the most prescient science fiction film of the last 25 years? What of the countless filmmakers, artists, writers inspired by Robocop? Robotic engineers, prosthetic engineers, biologists? Police? Picking on Harry for thinking this is cool is picking on a clown for having big shoes. Not one penny of public funds!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    The only "great" citizens from Canada are...

    by DoctorWho?

    Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson. The rest of you can go and fuck yourselves. Especially you creepy. Your rants are breathtakingly stupid.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST


    by elsewhere

    It's cool and stupid at the same time. Cool because I'm a big Robocop fan and stupid because it seems like a waste of money and reminds me of just how fucked up the priorities in this country are.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    We got $50,000 for this, but nothing for the real police force.

    by shutupfanboy

    Its not like Detroit is a crime ridden town with drug dealers on every corner. I am sure this will work out fine. I hope some Alien Fanboys knock this over with their van.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    what the homeless situation in Detroit?

    by elsewhere

    I'm guessing either not bad or they don't give a shit. $50,000 would feed a lot of mouths.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Lay off of Detroit, there having Mad Max times there.

    by Yamato

    Give Michigan to Canada

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Here's how to visit Detroit...

    by alienindisguise

    in a bulletproof car with bulletproof windows while wearing a bulletproof vest all the while keeping the gas pedal floored.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Gee, I guess he told me...

    by DoctorWho?

    "pussyface"? LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • That guy sucks it hard.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Blackwood I have to agree

    by bagwanbob

    Little by little, people are starting to wake up. The sensitive will be outraged by this, The apathetic will be perplexed by their outrage. At the heart of the matter is not whether someone donated money to build a statue of a movie character. The point is what the act itself represents: The preference of some members of the human race to throw a big chunk money at building a statue over using it in service of the greater good. On a microscopic level, so what? It's no big deal. But when viewed as a symptom of the general moral, social and political climate of this country, it suddenly becomes much, much more.

  • You remind me of a reall-lllllly annoying dude I used to work with a long time ago. He was a born again religious zealot who literally annoyed the hell out of everyone, and once stated, "Madonna should give all her money to charity!" WHA - ? OH PLEASE. I can't even type any more in response because it would A) state the obvious (ie, common sense) and B) be a wasted effort for a thick-skulled goody-goody like yourself

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    My post was deleted. Truth hurts, huh?

    by Mr.Stiggs

    I honestly try to see the best in a people which often leads me to regret. I've given Harry the benefit of the doubt on several occasions but after visiting this site for a number of years I'm forced to draw the conclusion that Harry Knowles is a selfish, delusional prick. There have been a number of instances in the history of Ain't It Cool News where I felt uncomfortable with certain viewpoints and statements uttered by Mr. Knowles. His annual plea for “pwesents” stands out as one of the most glaring examples. But the misguided support for this atrocity of an idea will probably go down as Harry's pinnacle of embarrassing decisions (hopefully). Does Harry even understand that the majority of people in Detroit find the concept of a Robocop statue degrading? The film depicts the currently disheartened community as a violent suburban battle zone. Why would anyone want this icon to represent their city? Many of the residents of Detroit are struggling just to get by yet Harry thinks it's “cool” to support a charity which raised $50,000 to build a statue of a fictional character from a hyper violent film. Why don't they just put the money in a sack, go down to a shelter in Detroit and set the cash on fire in front of the homeless? At least they'll get some warmth out it... This idea is just mind numbingly selfish. Be honest Harry, the only reason that you want this statue is because it fulfills some kind of personal “geek” requirement. You don't care about the opinions of the people of Detroit one bit so don't give me that “tourism will increase” nonsense. You live in a narcissistic fantasy world in which you can't even empathize with the plight of other human beings. It's fascinating to think that someone so repulsive (yeah...I went there. You're disgusting) can be so self-involved. Although your behavior is not surprising as many obese individuals and hoarders (which you're both) are completely self absorbed. This has obviously struck a cord with your readers. About 85% of the talk-back responses are vehemently opposed to this idea. I actually thought that you may have read the outrage that was posted alongside the original article and reconsidered your position. NOPE. You actually responded with a magnanimous WE DID IT! Please, don't lump the rest of us in with you...many of us don't support your ill-advised proclamation. A lot of of your readers are hard core film fans. Fortunately, many of them are also responsible human beings that recognize the wants and needs of other individuals. Harry, I honestly think that it's too late for you to transform your life and become a sympathetic and accommodating individual. You're a horrible person and you'll always be one. I pity you.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Well guess what...

    by UltimaRex

    I AM doing something. And if you really care I suggest you do the same. Or wait until what I'm doing hits this site and then chip in. But don't blame Harry or anyone else. Blame you. You are human and alive. Blame you.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Blame Canada!

    by DoctorWho?

    It makes creepy all apoplectic and shit.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Hey, let's keep this up!

    by kwisatzhaderach

    So we can finally get rid of that tool the_choppah

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    creepythinman, I almost entirely agree with you...

    by Jaster

    But nobody here gives a fuck about John Wayne. I don't know where you're getting that weird shit.

  • but in dallas

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST


    by Astronut


  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    the statue will be defaced and ripped off in less than a month

    by Six Demon Bag

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Have to say

    by bagwanbob

    The "Geeks of the World Win..." thing kinda bugs me as well. Yeah, a big statue is cool...sure. But a big statue of a fictional character being built in a place with tons of charities that could've used that money is NOT's sad, cynical and heartless. This isn't about "winning," as nobody here "won" anything. People raised money to plunk down a statue...PERIOD. Truth be told, people lost...a chance to do something good for a whole lot of people who need it...their sense of perspective about what's important in life... "Alex Murphy" losing his family in a movie is just that; a fake character losing a fake family in a fake story about fake people. How many real people in Detroit lose real family members to real violence, real addiction, and other real hardships? How much real good could that money have done for a youth center, men's or women's shelter, clothing drive etc? THAT is how real human beings "serve" and "protect"each other...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    I think a Robocop statue is pretty cool...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Something to slow down and take a picture of, as I speed though that shithole. Also, anyone who recognizes Idiocracy as the future, don't worry, the fact that you understand the movie, shows that intellect and foresight is still alive. FOX didn't.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    What city will get the Alien statue?

    by zinc_chameleon

    And...with the full life-cycle in bas-relief in marble. That would really mess up the archeologists of the future. My vote is for Cincinnati, because we could John Waters to cough up. Something....

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST



    Damn. Now that was a CHOP. Bravo, sir.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    your rationalization is petty and amateur, equating that my money spent on my luxuries is the same as wasting money on a statue. the difference is that not once are any of us claiming that our purchases for home will rally any morale or goodwill towards the poor economy..we buy because we want. i accept that. harry et al are rallying behind this to make a statement and rationalizing falsely claiming that it will restore the morale of the community in a struggling city. they might as well buy a shit load of twine and make the biggest ball of twine in michigan to dupe the yokels to visit..

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST



    It's cute how you worked "protect and serve" into that last sentence.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    "Old Detroit has a cancer. That cancer is crime."

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    A Robocop statue? The whole theme of the movie is that the near future Detroit...or a wild, lawless, crime ridden scumhole, that a mechanical, nearly indestructible cyborg had to be created to fight crime when no ordinary cop would venture. There's a positive image for the Motor City. Besides I thought the idea was already shot down by the mayor...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    John Waters is from Baltimore, you idiot.


  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    That's your opinion. But one thing's for sure...

    by Astronut

    typing the same thing in your "subject" and "comment" windows *really* makes you a douche bag.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    I think it's time for AICN to have its own Tahrir Square.


    Harry = Mubarak. Come on, let's do it!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Actually, don't.


    That shit's too hard.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    we did have a nice protest..this place was a fucking ghost town. its been hobbling ever since

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    re: AICN and "it's own Tahir Square"

    by DoctorWho?

    Much like Mubarak...what replaces it may be far worse!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST



    Moral law is an invention of mankind for the disenfranchisement of the powerful in favor of the weak.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST



    It is the testing of one’s will and the will of another within that larger will which because it binds them is therefore forced to select. War is the ultimate game because war is at last a forcing of the unity of existence. War is god.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    So sayeth my grandpappy, anyway.


  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    I do recall Harry's Matrix analogy...

    by DoctorWho?

    Neo =Osama Bin Laden.<p> Agent Smith =America and allies.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    That was nothing, Dick Semen Fag.


    You call that a protest? Observe, dear cockbacker. You will be a witness privy to a great becoming, a hellstorm unlike any seen, well, anywhere. CHOPPED, motherfucker.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by DoctorWho?

    Sit the fuck down.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Tad confused...

    by Lemure_v2

    A statue of a fictional sci-fi hero is going to make Detroit a better place? Wow, things are a lot easier in the US.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST



    You are an ant in the afterbirth. Kindly suck the butter out of Harry's ass.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    "our dollar is currently worth more then yours"

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    I wasn’t aware the price of beaver pelts had increased that much…… The repeated usage of John Wayne is identifying you as somebody outside of the core demographic here – I’m not sure many of the Talkbackers have watched that many John Wayne films. A better (and more timely) association to use would be that we elected Bush Jr. twice, and that Sarah Palin is in any way relevant. I have nothing against Canada, and I’m confident that if your country ever becomes that relevant we might be willing to discuss allowing you to become the 51st state.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    How much of a police force can you afford with $50,000

    by Nerd Rage

    One cop for one year. LOL!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    So a tourist attraction like this wouldn't create jobs?

    by Nerd Rage

    And it didn't cost the tax payers a dime. Seems like a good deal to me.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Nerd rage


    If only. Don't forget about health insurance and pension payments.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    The only way this country is gonna make it is:


    By fully embracing the service/entertainment industrial model. We can thrive on each other's tourism dollars or money spent on movies, music, etc. Let's turn this whole country into a sideshow town.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    how would it create jobs?

    by elsewhere

    besides for the graffiti artists.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Any mention of how big...

    by The Tramp

    it's going to be? Because frankly, if it's only 12 inches tall then I don't think we really need to discuss how much awe it's going to inspire.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    big enough to wrap a chain around it's neck

    by elsewhere

    and drag with a pick-up truck

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Newsflash: Orion Pictures to open new office behind Robocop Statue!

    by MooseMalloy

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Fuck you Harry

    by D.Vader

    I'm sick of having to scroll to the top of the page to EXPAND ALL comments every time I reload this thing. Fucking useless.

  • Movie filmed in Dallas about a fictional Detroit yet they build a statue of him there. What a gut punch.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    "Robotic corpse rebuilt by a giant corporation, melting bad guys!

    by David Cloverfield

    There's a symbol to rally behind!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    I want a Homer Simpson statue in EVERY Springfield

    by D.Vader

    Across the goddamned country. THAT'S a geek event I could get behind.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Canada: America's Hat

    by Snake Foreskin

    I love that T-shirt.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    "how would it create jobs"

    by Nerd Rage

    People that come to see the statue need hotels, food, transportation etc. Local people will be needed to supply that stuff. There's your new jobs.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Ren Center......Casinos......motion picture filming due to tax credits...

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Well if a Robocop don't turn around D-Town's economy, nothing will. This coming from an ex-Detroiter. Still live in Michigan though.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    nerd rage

    by elsewhere

    You make it sound like Disneyland. lol

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Newsflash: Robocop Statue being replaced by Ray Wise Bronze Bust!

    by MooseMalloy

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    "Come on, kids!"

    by elsewhere

    "We're packin up the wagon and goin to Detroit to see the Robocop statue! Don't forget your kevlar."

  • Of course. Shit, if that's the case, we should shift to an entirely statue-based economy! All it would take is about $50,000 in privately raised funds for each economically depressed city.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    nerd rage

    by Six Demon Bag

    people arent travelling cross country to see just a sorry. if the city is banking on this statue for bailing it out of a recession, then they might as well call it a day and burn the fucker down. i wouldn't cross the street if i lived there to see this street.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Rocky Balboa statue

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    was made for Rocky 3. It was a movie prop that the city was allowed to keep and they moved it to the park across the street from its city hall movie location. America is teatering on the brink. The current Actor in Chief is reading from the same script as the previous Actor in Chief only he is pandering to the morrons who think they are 'liberal' as opposed to the morrons who thought they were 'conservative'. So a statue of Robocop really doesn't matter one way or the other. America is dying and that shiny Robocop statue will make a nice lawn ornament for some Chinese General.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    heres a good barometer on the matter...

    by Six Demon Bag

    how many people went to see the rolling roadshow's screening of ROBOCOP in detroit? this should tell you approximately how many dipshits are going to flock to the robojesus! harry is such good friends with alamo, he should be able to find this out.

  • We have a few others. Y'all seem reasonably fond of our actors. And last I looked, Arcade Fire and that Bieber kid are doing alright down there. Not really my cup of tea, either one, but good on 'em.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    @ nerd rage Economy 101

    by Lemure_v2

    You are so very wrong: 1. A few sad nerds and some bored news crews will rush to see it unveil. 2. They take photos and videos. 3. They upload photos and videos to the internet. Need me to go on?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Creepy: Vancouver.

    by GreatWhiteNoise

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Dear God!

    by Goodplacetoshoveit

    Of all the things in the world to bitch about, you're on this? I have been following this since the first tweet. It's been paid for totally by private contributions. Not one cent has come from the coffers of Detroit. What's the problem? Astronaut was right, it's their fucking money, let them piss it away on things some might consider shit. I don't, I totally think this is fucking fantastic, but I didn't give them money. My money's mine to build my own statues with. Also, on the subject of "RoboCop was filmed in Dallas"... You know it's A FUCKING FICTIONAL FILM... right? ROBOCOP'S NOT FUCKING REAL. Who gives a fuck where it was filmed. It was set in Detroit, that's the important bit. Star Wars was partly filmed in Tunisia, but do we really give a fuck? Didn't think so. Shut up haters, the statue will be cool. Hopefully will lead to more. Now we need a Batman statue in Gotham City... oh wait.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    I wouldn't travel 5 states to see a robocop statue

    by Nerd Rage

    but if I lived in a nearby city I'd be tempted to check it out. So yes, the area where the statue is located will probably see a boost in activity which could translate into a handful of jobs.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    these are two great threads to read

    by Smack_Teddy

    can anyone break down for m exactly, economically, how an injection of $50,000 as 'free avaiable' charity money into detroit woud genuinely help improve/stabilise/sustain things... because if it amounts to crap all, i cant help but think this is a good thing to happen alone for multi-person/perspective on such issues or problems posted put here as commentary, surrounding the need-worth-realism-possibility of socially-culturally-economically improving Detroit.<p> If 50,000 technically comes to knaf all as a cash injection, then what does it say when alternatively like that donations can be assembled and put together for the love or passion of something, while these constant injections needed daily-weekly-monthly-take-your-pick, might not seem to emerge otherwise? More than a gian f--- you to Detroit i beleive, but then im not a resident... <pHowever if one guy from Detroit is insulted by what Robocop symbolises, im sure there will be another guy to correct him on what the character and movie really stands for or comments upon as a whole. But i do get the racial-symbolic tensions. That ones a bit unfortunate i guess. Where did Blade grow up?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    What Detroit really needs is a statue of Bruce Campbell.

    by BarryConvex

    Is there any one more worthy from Michigan who deserves to be immortalized in bronze?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Hope, Washington needs a statue of John Rambo!

    by DougMcKenzie

    Don't push it or I'll give you a war you won't believe!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    you said a mouthful but actually you negated your argument.. yes the film wasnt filmed in detroit, and your argument was WHO CARES?!?! ITS A FICTIONAL CHARACTER! this was beautifully placed behind you applauding them building the statue of said fictional character. as egon said..short, but pointless.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    USA doesnt need to turn into a fucking PLANET HOLLYWOOD

    by Six Demon Bag

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    barryconvex - you're on the right track

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    But if there's a Detroit boy that made good in Hollywood, it would be a statue of Sam Raimi, suit and all.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    hope you feel better Harry

    by NorthTronic

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST


    by lucky slevin


  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Does it have a voice chip so if you pass it it says:

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    "Dead or alive, you're coming with me!' "Your move, creep." "Madame, you have suffered an emotional shock. I will notify a rape crisis center."

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Canada invented Trailer Park Boys.

    by Dkev00

    How bad can they be?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    @dougmckenzie -- Hope, WA is actually Hope, BC.

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    And they're pretty damn fond of John Rambo up there, as I recall. I could totally see them doing it.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    There is (was) a Room 222 scholarship...

    by matineer

    in honor of the 1960s high school series. It's for people who attend the high school where that series filmed. Maybe they could do something like that next time.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST


    by theKRELL

    you aren't worthy enough to be a pustule on NEIL YOUNG's nutsack! "Blame Canada . . . they're not even a real country anyway . . . "

  • I mean hey, what do they need fifty grand for - am I right?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Needs ED209 to work...

    by workshed

    ...a tableau from their fight would be immense.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    "American Intellect"

    by Jed

    No, every single thing you don't like is not indicative of "Idiocracy" coming true.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    so basically it means that Detroit is fucked right?

    by chien_sale

    it's already pretty similar to the movie

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    fictional characters are great

    by BBSloth

    There's a statue of a fictional guy standing on the corner in Winslow Arizona, so why not robocop? And what about peter pan in Hyde Park?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    This is cool Robocop gets more iconic with age

    by cgih8r

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Add Robocop 2 for another 50k!!!!

    by vic twenty

    We got some crazy fucksticks up in here today. Americans didn't vote for Gore "en masse", Creepy? More than half of them did. Just what comprises "en masse" to your line of thinking? Why is the U.S of A. ranked in the 30s worldwide in education? Well, one reason is we insist in teaching every child. China does not do that despite what the Tiger Mom is feeding you. Also, Leave No Child Behind is one of the least successful Big Government UNFUNDED mandates ever passed. All kids tested the same, special education too, ranked as one. Those are the rules, like em or not. And oh yeah, the poor folk in this country have a by and large low opinion of the fancy booklearnin. You have large groups of people calling anyone with a college education an "elitist". So yeah, we're pretty fucked until the zombie apocalypse thins out the herd.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Thanks, goodplacetoshoveit

    by Astronut

    You're a rational, intelligent person. There is hope for the TB boards yet!

  • What a waste of money in a once proud town that could actually use it for a good reason. Being a geek is NOT more important than being a good person, Harry. You've gone off the deep end here and it's kinda sickening.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    As I am a real Detroiter, all I can say is that

    by Itchy

    , sadly, this is the biggest investment in the arts this city has made in my 39 years of living in it. I do think it's pretty hilarious, though. 'bout time the city does something ridiculous and fun. And Omni Consumer Products (a company that reverse licenses fictional products and makes them real) is my new favorite company. Who can dislike a company whose brand portfolio includes Tru-Blood, Brawndo, Sex Panther and Stay Puft Marshmallows ?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST


    by Astronut

    $50K for a statue is a squirt of piss. You people are acting like Detroit is paying for it, which they are not. If someone was trying to finance a billion dollar Robocop Land amusement park instead of using the money to help clean up the city, then yeah, fuck, we would all have something to be up in arms about. But a freaking statue of a fictional character?? I mean, pick your battles you whiny bitches.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    when did all you get so self righteous?

    by cgih8r

    Geez you emos really think 50K is alot of money? and even if it was you would actually give a shit? HILARIOUS. This statue is pure awesome get over it.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Which small Iowa town gets the Captain James T. Kirk statue?

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Modesto, CA

    by Shubniggorath

    ...has an American Graffiti statue...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST


    by CT1

    Ain't that just "cool" news.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Via Google Maps Street View, of course. I wouldn't step foot in Detroit unless I have a squadron of Blackwater mercs guarding my ass.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I'll put in 10 rupees to start.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST


    by ZOMBRE

    It should be bigger than life sized and they should match the funding with equal amounts of ca$h to help the city of Detroit out. That way its not such a shitty idea.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    What about HOUSTON where the exteriors were filmed?

    by JediTray

    Where the fuck is HOUSTON's statue?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I meant Indonesia ...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST

    fuck all of you, self-righteous, unimaginitive LOSERS!

    by frank cotton

    what you SHOULD be worrying about is how close the REST OF THE WORLD is to joining DETROIT! morons, seriously, just how...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    So when they Remake, Reboot or Reimagine...

    by cricklewood

    ...Robocop, will the statue get pulled back down by the studio, trying to push their new-look Robocop?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:03 p.m. CST


    by blackwood

    in my pants.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST


    by Jonathhan Kana

    fuck off harry. you racist inbred fat ass piece of shit.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST

    The future has a silver lining, bitches!

    by catlettuce4

    Who cares what it cost? People with lots of money waste it every single day. And at least now there's going to be a Robocop statue in Detroit... AS IS ONLY PROPER for this national hero!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:11 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Have him eating Japanese fried chicken.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    how long before ...

    by FrodoFraggins

    It gets stolen and sold for scrap?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    I see the Robocop statue

    by Fuzzyjefe

    as a beautiful frontispiece to the "Clarence Boddicker Museum of Guns, Guns, Guuuuns". Build a 'Graybar Hotel' nearby, with an "I'll Buy THAT For a Dollar" lunch menu, and you can pretty much print your own money. Hell...add a T.J. Lasertag center, shuttle service provided by the 2000 SUX shuttle company, toss in a "Can you fly, Bobby?" bungee jump, and you can already HEAR the cash registers singing their beautiful songs.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:42 a.m. CST

    A full sized ED-209 would be more appropriate

    by INWOsuxRED

    and it would look cool. Robocop represents hope, ED-209 represents reality.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 3:15 a.m. CST


    by deano velvet


  • The last statue built in the UK with public finance like Detroit's Robocop was of a newpaper comic strip character called Loby Dosser; The fictional Calton Creek (Calton is a district of Glasgow) was an outpost of the wild west, supposedly located somewhere in Arizona, but its inhabitants bore an uncanny resemblance to Glaswegians and spoke with Glasgow accents. "Lobey Dosser" was the pint-sized, whiskered Sheriff of Calton Creek who, assisted by "El Fideldo" (Elfie), his resourceful two-legged horse, strove to maintain law and order and protect the citizens against the evil plans of "Rank Bajin" ("rank bad yin/one"). The character names drew heavily on the Glasgow vernacular and were often only comprehensible to Glaswegians. Given Neill's childhood exposure to early Westerns, and his passion for wartime theatre and pantomime, it was no surprise that the Lobey strips exhibited many of those genre's stylistic devices: depiction of good and evil as white and black respectively, the overblown evil machinations of "Rank Bajin" and the rhyming speech of "Fairy Nuff" are good examples. The compliment was repaid in the early 1950s when a Lobey sketch was included in a production of Little Red Riding Hood at the Citizen's Theatre in Glasgow. [edit] Main characters Lobey Dosser - Sheriff of Calton Creek. (The name is derived from "lobby dosser", meaning a vagrant who slept in tenement entrance "closes"). El Fideldo (Elfie) - The Sheriff's trusty two-legged horse. Rank Bajin - Calton Creek's resident villain. (The name refers to "rank bad yin", "yin" being Glaswegian for "one"). Bajin is the only main character in the strip who speaks standard English. Big Chief Toffy Teeth - Chief of a Pawnee tribe that originated somewhere in Govan. Rid Skwerr - haunter of the local cemetery, betrothed to Fairy Nuff. ( An ex-spy, the name is a Glaswegian rendering of "Red Square"). Chief Rubber Lugs - Chief of a Blackfeet tribe, apparently from New Jersey, and in dispute with the Pawnee. Fairy Nuff - A fairy who wears "tacketty boots" and speaks mostly in rhyme. [edit] Legacy The immense popularity of Neill's work led to the Lobey Dosser stories being published as small one shilling booklets, and a decade after the strip ended he was still getting enquiries from around the world from fans desperately trying to purchase one of these increasingly rare volumes. By the mid 1970s Glasgow artist Ranald MacColl had begun collecting material for a biography. The Daily Express closed its Glasgow print works and dozens of bin bags of Neill's original work were thrown out, fortunately another local artist Calum MacKenzie , Director of The Glasgow Print Studio and Gallery found and saved some of the works which eventually were exhibited in the exhibition, The Scottish Cartoonists (1979).During Glasgow's European Year of Culture Ranald MacColl organised a comprehensive exhibition of Bud's work,including unpublished pieces, at Glasgow's Art Galleries and Museum. Julian Spalding, the Director at this period, pronounced the show one of the most popular of that year. [edit] The statue The statue of "Lobey" with "Rank Bajin" in handcuffs, astride two-legged "El Fideldo".The Lobey legend has proven to be Neill's enduring legacy to Glasgow, and has been marked by the erection of a bronze statue in Woodlands Road, Glasgow, across from The Halt Bar. The idea came up in that pub in 1989 during discussion between the artist and stained glass designer [1] Calum MacKenzie and friends about Glasgow's 1990 European City of Culture status, and the statue was funded by donations following an appeal in the Glasgow Herald. Ranald MacColl drew up the crosslegged Elfie/Lobey/Rank statue concept and art students Tony Morrow and Nick Gillon sculpted and erected the statue in 1992 which features "Lobey" and "Rank Bajin" astride "El Fideldo". The statue has the unique distinction of being the world's only two-legged equestrian monument.[1] The inscription on the plaque below the statue reads: Statue erected by public subscription on May 1st 1992 to the memory of Bud Neill, 1911-1970, cartoonist & poet, creator of Lobey Dosser, Sheriff of Calton Creek, his sturdy steed El Fideldo, resident villain Rank Bajin, and many other characters.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Robocop was filmed in Dallas

    by eveelcapitalist

    And I don't give two shits where the movie is set, it's so obviously Dallas to anyone with two functioning eyes in their fool head. But really? Someone pissed away $25,000 dollars? For a Robocop statue? How about spending $25,000 dollars to fund some fucking literacy programs in a city where half the adult population is functionally illiterate. Jesus Holy Henry Christ, what is WRONG with people?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4:53 a.m. CST

    yes, how about it

    by Smack_Teddy

    how about you yourself Sir?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:19 a.m. CST

    I take back what I said

    by eveelcapitalist

    This Robocop statue instigated what has been the most idiotic, ignorant and hilarious Talkback I have *ever* read. That was worth $50,000 dollars of other people's money. Carry on.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:20 a.m. CST

    But the statue still belongs in Dallas

    by eveelcapitalist

    Fuck Detroit!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Hahah, nice... although it will get stolen or vandalized quickly.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    I do wonder who the big donor was. Probably no-one recognizable, some business owner unknown to the public, an "Owen Charles Petrusky" or something of the sort.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 6:35 a.m. CST

    *I* LIKE IT!!!!!

    by BringingSexyBack

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Matthew McConaughey statue in Mississippi

    by Shubniggorath

    When the wind blows it will squeal like a pig.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Oh damn it was Matt Modine... forgot my Beavis and Butthead

    by Shubniggorath

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Oh damn it was Matt Modine... forgot my Beavis and Butthead

    by Shubniggorath

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:19 a.m. CST

    "That wasn't a pig dumbass it was Matthew Modine uhuhuhuh"

    by Shubniggorath

    My first run in with the non-existence of an edit button!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Should just build one...

    by Dazzler69

    A real Robocop for that area. Bet they can get the donations there.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Mark my words.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    The Worst Part...

    by Aaron

    ...of this is the writing of the article itself. Christ almighty this man is obviously high all the time.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    So everyone here is a humanitarian now?

    by megaplex

    People are worried about a Robocop statue when there are injustices all over the world? There are homeless people all over Detroit, and we're worried about a Robocop Statue? Listen, there are privately funded art projects going on every day all over the world. Are you saying that we should halt every last one of them until everyone in the world is fed and sheltered, and all countries have some type of democracy? Have a little fun, guys! If you want to seethe about people giving a few bucks each to this statue instead of a better cause, remember the next time you go to the theater, buy a blu-ray, get the latest issue of a comic, or the latest Sideshow collectible and realize you could have donated that money to a charity. Detroit has had some rough times, but does that mean that everyone should be depressed all the time? Why not have something fun?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Point Pleasant has a Mothman statue

    by v3d

    Just sayin'.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Next: A Doug Quaid statue in Mars.

    by AsimovLives

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Inscription: Where's The Beach?!?!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    No. Boddikers inscription should be . . .

    by fireclown

    "you can keep the gum."

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I'd rather erect the real thing, but a statue will have to do.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Let us hope the book the parents open and read after they turn off the TV isn't Mein Kampf. Or some creationist propaganda.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Boddicker Statue should be in front of Tiger Stadium....

    by DougMcKenzie

    "Come on, Sal! The Tigers are playing..... TONIGHT!"

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    dark doom

    by AsimovLives

    You must be one of those ignorant hicvks who believe the stupid bullshit that it was the USA alone who won the WWII, right? has tonnes of pages dedicated to the debunking of that stupid myth.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Next: a statue of a UFO's Grey alien in Roswell. Hey, wait a minute...

    by AsimovLives

  • No, the problem is the frivolity of it, specially in this times of crisis and in a city so devastated by it. Yes, the statue's 50,000 dollars could have a better use indeed. Food banks, text books for children, blankets and clothing for the needy, create a voluntary task group to help the deprived. There's lots of things that 50,000 dollars could do to aliviate the problems of the people of Detroit. Every penny would count. As for the statue becomng a tourist attraction, to whom exactly? The bad rep of the city of Detroid is not just limited to the USA, it's known worldwide. Of the places a tourist would like to go, Detroit would be the last possible destination. Tourists don't go visit places to get mugged and robbed and god knows what. That's the fame that Detroit has, it's a total tourist repellant, and it's not a statue of robocop that is going to incentivate the tourists to start pouring in. The argument that the statue would help tourism and be a money maker for the citiy of Detroit is absurd.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I'm not posting to you to say if i agree or disagree with your coments. I'm just posting to you to say that i just think it's very cool to see a canadian with teeth taking bites and taking no prisioners. Too many times the americans have mocked the canadians as been a nation of meeks. Good to see a canadian not taking shit from anybody and boomeraging the crap that's thrown at him. Go Canada! I always like dCanada and canadians. One day i really have to visit that place. A friend of mine did visited Canada and he really loved the place and how well organized it is, and specially the people's kindness.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Do I have to ask the needy if it's okay first?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    With yin, always comes yang.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Now, I just wanna play The Force Unleashed on the Wii.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Canadians are the most dim-witted and de-sexed peoples on the planet

    by Dirk_The_Amoeba

    In a country as large as Canada, why are there more moose that humans? Answer, cause the humans aint fuckin. Canadians are the most de-sexed peoples on the planet. Got that big ass country, temperatures below zero 9 months out of the year -which should make for excellent fuckin' weather, and yet their entire population is about the size of the New York metro area. Give Americans one generations and we woulda filled that bitch up, cause Americans know how to fuck! Translation - Canadian men have teeny tiny dicks that they allowed to shrink even further in the frozen tundra by lack of usage, and Canadian women satisfy themselves with the occasional randy moose.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Still stupid, but whatever

    by UCB Agent1

    It's not really a victory, and it's still stupid, but it's not the end of the world or even a sign of American Decline.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I'm all for it.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST


    by megaplex

    You are correct about the city being in crisis, and that every dollar counts. And, yes, it's frivolous. But you have to consider that every time someone spends one dollar on entertainment, it's frivolous. Everyone here is guilty of spending money they don't have to on needless things instead of giving more to people who desperately need it. On the other hand, it takes goofy things like a Robocop statue to bring that point home. If anyone reads about this statue, gets disgusted, and decides that they should donate to a worthy cause because attention is brought to the plight of others, then at least something positive has come out of this ridiculous discussion. I agree with your tourism point, but it's sad that the positive points of Detroit are not discussed more. Stats were just released today that showed that St. Louis is the most dangerous city, but that city has a lot going for it, so there's not a stigma attached to it. That being said, there will be some people who will go there to see it anyway. And good for them.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    We need UN intervention.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    We got the Mexicans and blacks doing mad fucking here. Otherwise we'd be more like Canada. Which is not a bad idea, if you think about it.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    BSB - nerp, and also Canadians are also some of the most racist

    by Dirk_The_Amoeba

    Not making that up, read several published studies about it, they are very polite about it their racism though. Still, every minority that lives in Canada eventually falls victim to the Canadian disease - lack of fuckin. It's a Canadian thing

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    AMOEBA FLASH! Adrienne Palicki is Wonder Woman!

    by Dirk_The_Amoeba

    oh yeah!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Is she hot?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    I'm an Amoeba, I think a fine assed bacteria is hot!

    by Dirk_The_Amoeba

    So, I am the wrong one to ask, but for a hairless ape, she aint half bad

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    I'm an Amoeba, a fine assed bacteria looks good to me!

    by Dirk_The_Amoeba

    But, for a hairless ape, she aint half bad!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    OMG, did choppah leave?

    by SithMenace

    He promised he would, could it be we don't have to read his banal, self serving bullshit anymore?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Well, our delusional, less important brothers in Canada....

    by maverick68

    are bleating again. Perhaps a look at some of these vids of those vaunted Canadian Healthcare facilities will bring those moose-eatin' bastards back to Earth:

  • they have a love affair with Socialism. The problem is, in Detroit, the producers are leaving and only the leeches remain.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    What's next?

    by empty_headed_animal

    Homer Simpson on Mount Rushmore?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Build it

    by JoeSixPack

    What's with all the negative comments... like $25,000 spent elsewhere is going to save Detroit. At least this could bring in a little tourism.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST



    Nope! CHOPPED!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    1. From a Canadian: Fuck Quebec in the ass with this giant statue...

    by unicorndick

    2. Most Canadians’ love America – I do. Plenty of friends there. BUT do you realize how MOST of the rest of the world sees America? Like Canadians are seen as dim-witted moose-fuckers, you are seen as fat, hyper-violent war mongers who make incredibly dumb decisions on your own as large groups– see Jesse the Body, Arnold, George DoubleYou Bush. This statue doesn't change this. You are also seen as good at creating reality TV shows and running shoes. And you have exported Starbucks here to the hinterland. Every day when I am looking for a polar bear to eat/kill/fuck, I thank you for your coffee. 3. This statue is fucking stupid. Fucking retarded stupid. People around the world will laugh their asses off at this. Yes there are dumb statues all over the world but this is a new level of stupid. This represents celebrating ultra violence in a city that is trying to fight the image of being torn apart by violence and danger. What do you say to a kid who asks about it? “Oh that’s a dead cop put back together to save pretend-Detroit in the future from pretend bad guys in the future. Does he look familiar? That’s Buckaroo Banzai’s grafted face.” 4. And to the “Canadian’s embracing socialism” bullshit…We do pay way higher taxes. But when we get sick, we don’t have to mortgage our trailers or sell our collectible Royal Wedding tea cups. We get to keep that shit. Because our taxes pay for a great health system. We pay zero dollars when we get sick. Think how many hobbit salt and pepper shakers Harry has had to part with to pay for his back surgery (which I think was paid for by Michael Bay and / or Bono). Also stuff like mat leave for mothers? Our wives / girlfriends / pregnant moose with human/moose hybrids get 1 year to raise our kids. You guys get like 6 weeks. But in terms of the business world it is kill or be killed...we aren't working on group-owned snow farms up here... 5. Anyone actually bashing Canada has never been here or not spent much time here. We are a mirror image of the U.S. without the guns – we have tight gun laws here which must make us “faggy” or “stupid”. The only difference you notice when travelling is different candy bar wrappers and your sports teams are better because you have better Dominicans / Japanese / Russians on your teams. 6. One thing you do have that we wish we had was one language. Fuck Quebec in the ass with a fucking giant statue.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Ah fuck it, it will get stolen and maybe raped anyway. Who cares.

    by unicorndick

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Cool news, indeed.

    by JDanielP

  • Or did I imagine that?

  • But seeing post after post of nothing does get old.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Well, sithmenace you bastion of meaningful dialogue


    That's your opinion and like assholes everyone but you is not one. CHOPPED!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    See what I mean?

    by SithMenace

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by Hyphin

    $25,000.00 can go a long way towards doing some good on this highly messed up planet of ours. In Detroit, or anywhere else.<p>It went towards a statue of Robocop.<p>I ain't perfect, and almost definitely don't do everything I can to show that I am aware of how blessed I am in life, but. This story makes me a feel a little bit sad.<p>Killjoy? Perhaps.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Oh and, Unicorndick-

    by Hyphin

    As a Canadian, I love you. Sorry if that's awkward.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    fictional statues in London

    by BBSloth

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Man, London is awesome.

    by David Cloverfield

    Can't wait to steal a job there.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    I can see Choppa's statue now

    by PeanutButterSlut

    A fat nerd sitting at a laptop, all made of bronze, as a cautionary tale to warn the youngsters of Detroit that being a fucking worthless piece of fat shit AND a virgin will neither propagate the human race NOR cure Detroit of it's evils or Ills.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    YOU just got CHOPPED

    by PeanutButterSlut


  • Feb. 17, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Money spent on entertaiment is frivolous is spent on bad dumb stupid movies, like Jar Jar Abrams's latest. I have no problem in spending my money on good, smart entertaiment made by honest filmmakers, like in INCEPTION. That means my money went to help payed the job of competent filmmakers and their crew members. I'm cool with that. I'm not cool with spending money on dumb movies, or in frivolous crap like a statue of robocop in Detroit for the dumbest and erroneous of reasons.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    You wanna send $50,000 to Detroit? You send it here...

    by Tandberg585

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Asimovlives - I knew it was someone along those lines..

    by unicorndick

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Hyphin - thanks. But an Eskimo owns my heart. And my igloo.

    by unicorndick

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    How about a Statue for Karl Thommason?

    by SmokieGeezer

    Perfect media event to promote Substitute V!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Robo Economic Development

    by Todd F

    First time commenter, long time viewer of the AICN Talkback System. True literature on some nights. Harry's comment is to be applauded. His public declaration of love for the penetration of the Detroit skyline by that most phallic of silver foxes, RoboCop, has started an incredibly interesting societal and political discussion that ranks as this evening's most ttalkbacked Talk Back. Full disclosure. I am an attorney (got that out front, yes) intimately involved in large scale business projects in the metropolitan Detroit area. Our lives are probaby,to you, boring. We spend the day concerned about tax policy, working on business attraction, saying we believe in regional cooperation (while Detroit, the city proper, may be poor, the suburbs resemble an 80s John Hughes, middle class-on-the-way-up, flick. Plus rednecks. Both wield considerable spending power, This has made Detroit: America's largest city in which the "city" lives outside its border. Is it surprising that this unique case of urban sprawl was created by the city that put the world on wheels? Long-winded -- back on point. As an economic development strategy, Michigan has put in place the most aggresive film incentives in the country, ostensibly to create a burgeoning, new film industry (hell, if New Mexico is a hot spot, both literally and metaphorically, why not Michigan?) and staunch the flow of its young "brain drain." These are all of those Michiganders you interact with all over the U.S. who have fled the state, never seeing it something other than a land of inopportunity. The film industry makes perfect sense in Detroit, too. Ford invented the assembly line, and 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and Disney -- hell, most of Hollywood. We accept assembly-made films, with primo advertising. Old Detroit. And now we have progress. Private donations flooding into Detroit to support the creation of a Robocop. $50K worth. Detroit (The Area) is important. I won't link to you to Eminem's--er, Chrysler's--er, the City of Detroit's Super Bowl ad to make my point. It created the middle class. It provided the soundtrack to many of our parents' lives. It's still home to the largest concentration of engnieers in the country, and it's still putting the world on wheels. And yes, its inner core has crumbled as if hit by a natural disaster. Albeit this one, manmade. Our city represents capitalism and corruption gone awry. No wonder we hate it. No wonder Robocop satirizes us. It is us, America, in a microcosm. Is a RoboCop statue in Detroit an irony on top of an irony? My point being... we could use 50K, and so much more, to fillt he gaps left open by so many banks right now on development projects. Banks aren't lending. They are using our bailout money to buy the assets of those going bankrupt because banks refuse to lend. But that being said, we need the help. We need this dialogue, comparing Robocop's virtues to Rocky in Philly, maybe Stinger Bell in Baltimore. I'm working to make Detroit better, and relevant again. And if Robocop brings 10 people and Harry (12, then?) into our area, then it's a start. We'll take it and hope you tell our story to ten more. Thanks for the dialogue. It's more exciting than half of what is on TV right now.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    come on people jeez

    by MurderMostFowl

    I do think its silly, but there are hundreds of statues throughout history honoring fictional characters. Why bitch about this?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    A Robocop statue won't bring ANYONE back to Detroit

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    The only thing it will do is serve as a monument to the stupidity and economic irresponsibility and corruption that's turns a once-great city into one of this nation's biggest HELLHOLES over the past 35 years. $50,000 for a statue of a fictional cyborg cop whose films came out a quarter of a century ago??? For a city that's basically looks like it was just bombed by the Nazis??? Just one more reason NOT to move back to that town of idiots and losers. Even the dumbest ideas seem like genius to them... >:P

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST


    by Tandberg585

    You stand in a room. You have 50K in your hands. On one side is a group of fanboys who want a statue of a 80s movie character. On the other is this family ( who's second home just burned down. Who do you give the money to? Spare us your long winded speech and keep it simple jackass.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    give someone 25,000.00

    by frank cotton

    and it will disappear before anyone gets anything. if you find a charity without 60 to 90% 'overhead', fine. but don't try to tell me it's better spent at the united way, because A) it's just a drop of water in an ocean of despair, and B) at best, 10,000.00 actually makes it to street level. split that between 10, 000 homeless, it's $1 a piece. a lot of help, that. sorry, but i'll take the statue

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Windsor, Ontario is Laughing @ Detroit

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

    Where do we begin? Detroit needs money for schools, not for a bloody statue. Detroit needs to get rid of the corruption in City Hall. More importantly, Detroit needs to abandon this romantic notion that they work harder than everybody else, and get their shit in order. Eminem and that shitty Chysler commercial is not gonna convince anyone that the Motor City is the Motor Shitty

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Windsor is boring, like most of Canada....and I grew up in Canada

    by Bobo_Vision

    Safe cities and free healthcare is nice....but unless you love hockey, beer, and the Red Green in Canada sucks. It's like living in the American midwest. It's hell.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Fuck Egypt, this is easily the most important news of 2011

    by Brocktune

    Seriously, who gives a fuck about egypt, or the homeless, or any of that bullshit. This is this most important development in our nations history in years. just look at how polarizing this topic is, and just how seriously it has divided us all! I haven't laughed this hard in months! this is the best and funniest shit to happen to our country in years, and we should all be glad! Go Robo! btw, this tb has had me in tears as well. too goddamned funny.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 1:56 a.m. CST

    bobo_vision, there's always sex

    by AsimovLives

  • I fear that Harry is losing his touch on the pulse on geekdom. Maybe it's his constant bending to the wishes of Holywood hacks like Bay and Abrams, maybe he's used to have things come his way. Maybe it's for other reasons. But the man is slipping. I heard that when he was invited for the Armageddon's premier, he cried emotional tears when he watched the movie. Crying watching Armageddon? The only think that movie can make a adult man cry is for it's own awfulness. I think that Harry is either losing his graps of geekdom, or he became a sort of different type of geek. One i can't really understand where he lives. But i fear that whenever Harry watches outside his window, he sees Earth very far away. Harry, friend, this statue is not cool. And that's an understatment.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Am I the ONLY one...

    by DoctorWholittle

    ... who sees the poetic OCP-like irony in this situation?!

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 4:07 a.m. CST

    And while we're on the subject of 'morality'...

    by DoctorWholittle

    ... how 'bout a show of hands from all you nay-sayers who donate (now or EVER) ANYTHING to your local charities, school-drives, church-drives, homeless shelters, missions, halfway houses, et cetera. Bueller? Bueller?

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 4:07 a.m. CST

    And while we're on the subject of 'morality'...

    by DoctorWholittle

    ... how 'bout a show of hands from all you nay-sayers who donate (now or EVER) ANYTHING to your local charities, school-drives, church-drives, homeless shelters, missions, halfway houses, et cetera. Bueller? Bueller?

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    The fall of America begins in Detroit.


    This is why American is failing. This is why we are behind in math and sciences compared to other countries. I call it the "apathication of America" and it doesn't necessarily involved comic book nerds either. No one wants to do things on their own anymore. Everyone wants the government to do it for them. Lets give luxury items to impoverished social classes so they can feel like they are part of the "it" crowd, instead of them working out of their malaise and into something more meaningful. Let's go back to Robocop/Detroit for a second. So they want a statue of Robocop to grace the city? Why? So geeks can squeal in delight and make their pilgrimage to "Mecca" to see the statute of an imaginary character in, at best, a B-minus movie with shitty dialog and home video cinematography. Just another bullshit "me me me" project that does nothing to fix the city. At least the mayor has a sensible head on his shoulders and thinks this idea is "total bullshit." (maybe not his exact words, but you know he's thinking it.) Fix Social Security. Phase it out and have people invest their own hard-earned money. Decrease Medicare and Medicaid. Make the fucking internet slackers on here go get real jobs instead of tweeting their locations and "causes" (IE: Tweet that you love the rain forests so that we can bring awareness to the trees!) FUCK THAT. Donate actual money to the causes to help out. Your tweets do two things: jack and shit. Myself? I contribute roughly $185,000/yr to charitable causes. What do you fucking do? And yes, I make money while I sit on here "chatting" with you fine folks. So it's not a waste. Maybe someone on here, not today, not tomorrow, but sometime down the line, will look at himself in the mirror, take off his Green Lantern t-shirt, and do something with his fucking pathetic life. It sure doesn't help society when you are wasting electrons and sperm cells in your room listening to Arcade Fire. Oh and Detroit isn't a bad city. They just need some love and infusion of young TALENT to get things moving. Not a fucking statue that gives Harry an excuse to visit his Uncle and leave the cesspool of Texas. CHOP....I suppose.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    They should donate a statue of sithmenace


    To piss on!

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    They should donate a statue of peanutbutterslut


    To poop on!

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    This statue's destruction is imminent

    by Transhuman

    I would like pictures and a report as soon as it happens.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    I'll personally donate a statue of THE CHOPPAH to this talkback


    if you'll all just shut the fuck up!

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Someone said something about Canada

    by Transhuman

    What has Canada ever done? If Canada is so great stop invading the U.S.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    I was at Niagara Falls one time...


    in my youth, and stood on the bridge where they have some bullshit marker that represents the border between the United States and Canada. I stood on the American side, and unzipped my pants, and pissed on the Canadian side. Some Americans coming back from Canada applauded my effort, and soon joined me. A minute later, after my business was done, I noticed we had quite a large gathering, maybe 12-15 people, pissing on Canada. It was a great moment. Shit like that needs to make a come back if America ever wants to grab the world by the balls again.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by Transhuman

    haha! May the lord bless you and keep you.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    You will realsie that countries with a strong social security system are the ones with the better quality of life. look at the nordic countries in europe, and see they are the countries with the least levels of poverty and the higher rankings of human developement. Social security is a need that's beyond question. What makes people blind to that reality is just people who still believe in a dream that people can get up on their own. It's a ncie dream, but life is filled to the grills with examples of people who couldn't. We live in society, and it's society's responsability to care of their own. Charity alone can't do it. Social security is the way to go, but it needs to isntruments to be able to do it's job, for it cannot operate on cutbacks that hurt it's operative system. If there is a reason why there's scoundrels that take advantage of social security is because it gets affected by cutbacks and doesn'ty have enough manpower to verify and rectify the people in need with the bullshiters. And all those that say a modern society can operate without social securty, they are all rich fucks who want to take advantage of the poor. You want to see how a society looks like without social security? Look at India. You want to see a type of society where there's no governemnt control to protect and serve? Look at the crime world, they are libertarianism in practice. This is the times for societies to work and act as societies. It was extreme navel-gazing individualism that made the world what is today.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Deep down, Americans envy Canada.

    by AsimovLives

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    No Canada, no James Cameron, no Terminator.

    by AsimovLives

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    STFU Choppah, asswipes like you don't donate shit.

    by ganymede3010

    You're a fucking walking contradiction. In one sentence you basically said that the less fortunate are undeserving of subsidized healthcare or any government assistance. Then you rave about how you donate 185k a year to the less fortunate. The country is going to the shitter because of people you like you. People like you have waged a war on the middle class. Then you vote for GOP politicians who sole job is to weaken the working class, and strengthen the upper class in this country. If you look the countries with the highest standard of living, they're all socialist countries. So fuck you, and your bullshit GOP propaganda. You're the enemy of America, believe it.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Choppa, your quaint comments may have been relevant if...

    by PeanutButterSlut

    ...The Bush Administration hadn't already bukkaked and shit all over the borders of every country everywhere. It would have been awesome if a Canadian Mountie would have CHOPPED you wang off with a Sabre, or blown your balls off with a Canadian Mountie Carbine. Fucking dipshit.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST've got it all wrong.


    I never said to totally wipe out subsidized government assistance. I said it needs to be decreased. Take the government out of it and have it mostly rely on private donations (like myself). I have no problems donating what and when I can. It's charitable contribution. What I have a problem with is the government using money from working people to 100% pay for people that won't get off their ass to work. by the way, I don't deduct my donations from my taxes. That makes them feel less charitable. Also, don't rope me in with the likes of the Tea Party and their ilk. They are demon spawn. CHOP.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST



    don't blame me, I voted for Kodos. It's not my fault Bush was elected. Do the Mounties even know how to use guns up there? I'll have to visit and found out.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    I'll give props to Canada for one thing:


    they keep their country clean. Unless that has changed in the past 20 years. Beautiful, beautiful country, and free of litter. At least they respect the land. Unlike some lazy shits here in the U.S. Is it so hard to wait until you get to your destination before you through your McDonald's away? Jesus fuck.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST



    Peace be unto you as well, child.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    asimovlives, my brethren.


    Comparing the U.S. to nordic countries is like comparing Bumfuck, Kansas to NYC, NY.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    peanutbutterslug, a Dudley Do-Right would be no match for THE CHOPPAH


    And certainly incapable of removing my manhood. THE CHOPPAH has Nth degree Black Belts in Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do and Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do, is a member of the Special Forces Infantry, the Navy Seals and the Green Berets and has done 3 Tours of Duty in Nam, 2 tours in the first Gulf War and 4 tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I currently do freelance mercenary work for XE, formerly known as Blackwater. SO, WITH ALL DO RESPECT SHUT THE FUCK UP AND FEAR THE BLADE OF THE CHOPPAH!!!

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST



    Ah yes. I believe it was on the Canadian side, no?

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Maybe if people didn't eat so much


    fast food and exercised, it would fix our healthcare problem.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    current U.S. healthcare


    is survival of the richest.