Monday, February 14, 2011

Responding to RoboCop

RoboCop Wants A Statue
If one pays much attention to social networks, it's almost hard to ignore the idea of building a statue of RoboCop near Michigan Central Station. The idea started as a joke, but has since taken on a life of its own.

Thankfully, none of the proposals call for even a single penny of public funds to be used. It would all of be done with private donations from folks who really like RoboCop.

At least some of the debate has focused on "old Detroiters" vs "new Detroiters". This most often breaks down to people who moved to the inner city in the 1980s or 90s vs. people who moved here post-Super Bowl XL.

As someone who has lived in the Detroit city limits longer than many of the "old Detroiters", I'm amused by the simple fact that there's actually a controversy here. I would never consider donating to this project. I have dozens of other projects that I'm focused on. However, if someone decided to do this in Warrendale, I wouldn't lose any sleep over it either.

One issue in particular, though, seemed like it was worthy of direct response. One of the reasons why opponents of a RoboCop statue are opposed to it is that some feel such a statue would be insulting police officers. I asked an acquaintance of mine, who happens to be a retired police officer, if he thought such a statue would be insulting to the police officers.

RoboCop Wants A Beer
"Give me a break," he replied. "Back when some hippie threw a pile of dog crap at me, that was an insult to police officers. A RoboCop statue? That's just money that could've been spent on beer."

Truer words, I believe, have never been spoken.

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