Detroit Wants RoboCop

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BY CHRISTINE SLUSSER You're watching multisource US news analysis from Newsy It all started the way ma...
BY CHRISTINE SLUSSER You're watching multisource US news analysis from Newsy It all started the way many things do these days... via Twitter. A jokester tweeted Detroit’s Mayor David Bing and asked him about a RoboCop statue. And the mayor actually replied. "There are not any plans to erect a statue to Robocop. Thank you for the suggestion." No, you’re not having a flashback to 1987. Since the initial rejection, some Detroiters have become rather determined. News reports vary on the actual amount of money being raised for the statue -- somewhere between $50 and $80-thousand dollars. However, the group that formed from all this--detroitneedsrobocop**** says it’s already 27 percent of the way to its fundraising goal. Non-profit group Imagination Station Detroit even created a video to help the cause. “When he awakes, he’s part man, part machine, but scientists stood ‘round his video screen. I said try and fix him up, he malfunctions a bit. He was tough before, but now he’s even tougher...” But as for whether it’s worth fighting for--- everyone's split -- from news anchors to the blogosphere. The anchors for Arizona’s ABC-affiliate KNXV didn’t have a single matching opinion. LEFT ANCHOR: “As much as I love Robocop, would love to see a statue there, I just...if there’s an ounce of taxpayer dollars put into this, I mean, what a crime.” RIGHT ANCHOR: “Yeah, seriously.” MIDDLE ANCHOR: “As much as I love Robocop--YES! They should build a Robocop statue.” LEFT ANCHOR: “Of course.” RIGHT ANCHOR: “And as much as I really don’t care...there you have it.” A writer for Detroit’s page on Examiner says it’s a silly attempt and RoboCop isn’t worthy of such an honor. “How about erecting a statue of an actual officer that gave his life protecting the peace? Or, a firefighter that perished while battling a blaze? How about a real individual that actually did some good within the city? ... Somebody other than... RoboCop. Come on people!” But a blogger on /Film disagrees. “I for one actually think it’s a great idea. Erecting a Robocop statue in the city would instantly create a new tourism opportunity, and bring a sense of pride back to the city.” ...and a blogger for Forever Geek showed his disappointment... pointing a digital finger at a very different city with a very different statue. “RoboCop, one of the sweetest films of my generation, will not be honored with a statue by Detroit in the same way as another film, the meh-inducing Rocky, has been by Philadelphia.” So-- Robo-GO or Robo-NO? Tell us in our comments section. Follow Newsy_Videos on twitter! Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy.