To be fair to the anti-Robocop view, Robocop didn’t actually defeat the evil corporation, just got a lateral promotion into acting as an HR rep giving an exit interview.
Technically, I guess he did eventually defeat the evil corporation, but by that point it involved things like jetpacks and robot ninjas who were supposed to take care of Robocop, and I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the real Robocop anymore. He was more Go-botcop by then, and no one really bought it.
Well, it is true there are plenty of people in the anti-statue camp. This happened so fast that plenty of native Detroiters didn’t even know about it until it’d already been 100% funded.
Detroit officials are understandably trying to avoid commenting on or endorsing the statue. Mayor Bing’s initial “No plans to build a statue, thanks,” is probably the most appropriate response any city official can take.
But it’s a private project now going onto private property, and while it has the potential to piss a lot of people off, public art can have that effect. If it’s a catalyst for debate, discussion, and if we can use the attention that this has garnered to do some good for the city, then it’s a net plus.
I already have heard lots of people from outside the region declare they can’t wait to visit the statue, so when people say they don’t think it could be a tourist attraction, I’m not so sure.