For those who believe that America’s spirit of community is as beleaguered as its automobile industry, one only needs to look to the recent efforts to give Detroit a RoboCop statue for a renewed sense of hope. Denied a sculpture of its cybernetic savior by the evil, possibly OCP-owned powers that be, the city took arms against its oppressors, rallied round a Kickstarter campaign, and has successfully raised the necessary $50,000 to build the thing. A representative of the public art space Imagination Station now says he’s “very positive” that the statue will take its rightful place near Detroit’s abandoned Michigan Central train depot—although Detroit Mayor Dave Bing continues to argue that he doesn’t see “see where we get a lot of value” out of immortalizing Detroit’s post-apocalyptic protector. So in answer to Mayor Bing, we reached out to one of the few Detroit residents we know—namely frequent commenter Zodiac Motherfucker, who offered this counterpoint via e-mail:
I PERSONALLY THINK IT OWNS BECAUSE ROBOCOP IS ONE OF THE GREATEST FUCKING MOVIES EVER MADE AND I CAN HARDLY THINK OF A MORE FITTING FUCKING TRIBUTE TO OLD DETROIT THAN OUR MAN MURPHY STANDING GUARD OVER THE ABANDONED TRAIN STATION AND THAT EMPTY LOT THAT USED TO BE TIGER STADIUM. I DONATED A DOLLAR I HAD LEFT ON AN OLD RENT.COM CARD AND ZODIAC MOTHERFUCKER IS NOW LISTED PROUDLY AMONGST ALL THE DONORS BUT THATS JUST THE BEGINNING BECAUSE THEYRE STILL COLLECTING FUNDS THROUGH THE END OF MARCH SO IF YOU WANT AN EVEN BIGGER AND MORE AWESOME STATUE OF ROBOCOP WHICH I SURE AS FUCK DO HEAD OVER TO DETROITNEEDSROBOCOP.COM AND KICK IN A FEW DOLLARS. DONT BE A CHEAP FUCK
AND TO EVERYBODY TALKING SHIT IN THE COMMENTS BELOW IF YOU THINK ITS SUCH A BAD IDEA OR A BIG FUCKING WASTE OF MONEY THEN TAKE YOUR HIGH MINDED RARIFIED FUCKING ASS OVER TO KICKSTARTER.COM AND START YOUR OWN FUNDRAISER FOR WHATEVER THE FUCK IT IS THAT YOU SOMEHOW THINK IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A STATUE OF FUCKING ROBOCOP. DONT CURSE THE DARKNESS MOTHERFUCKER LIGHT A CANDLE
Your move, creeps.