WATCH CBS NEWS VIDEO: DNC NEWS AND ANALYSIS LIVE COVERAGE

Bing’s Office Says No To RoboCop Statue

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Detroit is known for its statues like the Joe Louis fist and the Spirit of Detroit, but a monument to RoboCop is not in Mayor Dave Bing’s plans for the city.

Bing’s office, via the mayor’s  Twitter account, has said no to a memorial to the futuristic film crime fighter. Despite a tweeted suggestion for Detroit to follow suit with Philadelphia, whose “Rocky” statue is a city staple, the mayor’s social media manager said the mayor had no plan for any such monuments.

“RoboCop” on Tuesday was a top trending topic on Twitter, Tuesday, as the mayor’s tweet sparked an online debate.

Some responding tweets, either genuine or tongue-in-cheek, say a statue of the metal alloy-encased cyborg from the 1987 science fiction movie would help bring visitors into the city.

Others argue such a statue would play to the perception that Detroit is plagued by  violence. 

The 1987 RoboCop  film was a Box Office hit, but did cause some controversy due to its depiction of the city as a crime-ridden wasteland.
   
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comments

More From CBS Detroit

Best 4th Of July Concerts In Metro DetroitStaying home this weekend? Celebrate the 4th of July by rocking out at one of these shows.
Hump Day Drinks: 8 Cheery Cocktail RecipesNow that you've made it through half the work week, it's time to celebrate!

Watch & Listen