DETROIT, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's refusal of a suggestion to erect a statue of RoboCop in the city set off a flurry of Twitter and Facebook support for the idea.
The controversy surrounding the cyborg protagonist of the "RoboCop" film franchise, which took place in a futuristic Detroit, began Monday with a statue suggestion directed to Bing's Twitter account, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.
"There are not any plans to erect a statue of RoboCop," the response on Bing's Twitter account read. "Thank you for your suggestion."
The refusal set off a flood of Twitter posts supporting the idea of a RoboCop statue and sparked the creation of a Facebook group that has grown to more than 1,000 members, The Detroit News reported Wednesday.
The Free Press said an online poll of readers found 55 percent of 643 voters supported erecting a RoboCop statue in Detroit.