Coming Soon to Detroit: $80K RoboCop Statue?

After mayor rejects idea, social media comes to rescue
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2011 12:20 PM CST
In this file photo released by Orion Pictures, director Irvin Kershner and actor Peter Weller, as Robocop, are seen during the making of "Robocop II."   (AP Photo/Orion Pictures Corp., File)
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(Newser) – It began as a joke idea, but now Detroit may actually get a statue of RoboCop. Fans of the crime-fighting cyborg from the 1987 film have united online—here, for instance—with a goal of raising $80,000 for the project, reports the Detroit News. The campaign started after Mayor Dave Bing shot down the idea of the city paying for one on Twitter earlier this week. Thus, a movement began, even if the News points out this subsequent tweet from the person who originally floated the idea: "I honestly never wanted to waste the mayor's time. It was a joke."

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