Warning: The following post will to attempt the break the record for most references to the "I'd buy that for a dollar!" line in 'RoboCop.'
A RoboCop statue in Detroit? I'd buy that for a dollar! However, Dave Bing, Mayor of Detroit, is less receptive to the idea.
Bing recently took to the Internet to solicit ways to clean up his city. Twitter user MT offered the creative suggestion of erecting a RoboCop statue --- as RoboCop is, in MT's words, "a GREAT ambassador for Detroit." Unfortunately, Bing played the part of buzzkill, perhaps after taking a payout from Omni Consumer Products, by replying (via Badass Digest): "There are not any plans to erect a statue to Robocop"
Bing thought the idea was quashed, but MSNBC reports that RoboCop fans are rallying around the suggestion. And now they're begging the mayor to build that statue? I'd buy that for a dollar!
We'd just like to say that we're jumping on the bandwagon too. Detroit needs a RoboCop statue. He's an important part of Detroit's placement in popular culture, and the city should celebrate the mark he left on a generation of movie lovers.
Still not buying the idea? Would you be convinced if there was a huge precedent? What if there was a Superman statue in Metropolis, Ill.? I'd buy that for a dollar! Peanuts statues in Charles Schultz's hometown of St. Paul, Minn.? I'd buy that for a dollar! A Woody Allen statue in Oviedo, Spain? I'd buy that for a dollar! A Tintin statue in Brussels, Belgium? I'd buy that for a dollar! (Somebody did!) And have you forgotten the big one -- the Rocky statue in Philadelphia? Philly not only bought that for a dollar, they placed it at the foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
One of Mayor Bing's current initiatives is to permanently move Detroit's police force from the suburbs to the city proper: "Detroiters want to live in safe, stable neighborhoods and they deserve no less." Don't you think residents of Detroit would feel safe if they were permanently flanked by a statuesque beacon whose three prime directives were: serve the public trust, protect the innocent, and uphold the law?
Do you think Detroit deserves a RoboCop statue? Let us know in the comments.