Peter Weller, the actor who played RoboCop, has taken to the Internet to poke fun at a campaign to build a statue of the crime-fighting cyborg in Detroit.
The spoof video website, funnyordie.com, has posted a video of Weller addressing city residents and the mayor in “Message to Detroit from RoboCop.”
“Regrettably not all of you see the wisdom of this tribute to the sprit of your city — specifically your mayor, David Bing, who said the idea is silly,” Weller says.
Weller goes on to boast about what his fictional character, Alex Murphy, did for Detroit in the 1987 movie.
“Well Mayor Bing — if that in fact is your real name — was it silly when Murphy sacrificed his very identity to fight crime? Was it silly when Murphy cleaned up drugs in Detroit and saved the city from being demolished? Was it silly when Murphy battled that super robot Cain, tore out his human brain with his bare hands while all you could see was his spinal cord all wriggling around and stuff and Cain was screaming ahh ahh ahh! — all for you, citizens of Detroit?”
In February, an online campaign succeeded in raising more than $50,000 to erect a RoboCop statue in the city of Detroit. The campaign began after Bing told a follower on Twitter that the city has no plans to build a statue in honor of the 1987 movie. The tweet attracted international media attention and a grassroots, online movement to build a statue on privately owned land near Michigan Central Depot.
Weller continues in the video: “Now the people of Detroit and Robocop still have many challenges to face: rampant unemployment, degradation of our nation’s manufacturing base, and of course those corporate b******* at OCP led by their diabolical new CEO, Rick Snyder.
“We will all work to rebuild our amazing city and erect the gigantic monument to RoboCop, the cyborg of self-respect.”
From The Detroit News