May 17, 2006, - 2:59 pm

On Eve of “Rocky 6,” Rocky Statue to Return

By Debbie Schlussel
We’re fans of the “Rocky” movies, but we’re especially fans of the Rocky statue for a number of reasons, but particularly because it makes hoity-toity art “experts” angry.
Remember the statue from the movie? Rocky star Sylvester Stallone donated the 8-foot, half-ton statue of Rocky to the City of Philadelphia in 1982. But snooty Philadelphia Museum of Art officials and the Philadelphia Art Commission claimed it was not art because it was “commercial” in nature and had no “artistic worth.” Whatever. There are plenty of things in that pretentious art museum of less artistic value than Rocky.
The statue ended up on the stops of the Museum for a few months, in front of a sports arena, and now is in storage. Now, Stallone, who has completed “Rocky 6” (set for release, late this year), wants the statue prominently displayed again, and it soon will be–in a park just east of the Museum steps.

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Snobby Philadelphia Park Commissioner E. Harris Baum was upset. He sarcastically asked AP:

If a film about Donald Duck in Philadelphia comes out, do we put a Donald Duck statue in our park?

But Rocky is not Donald Duck. He’s a character who represents everything great about America–a man who rose from nothing and triumphed, a man who rose from poverty and the underclass to great wealth and success. That is the opportunity that there still is in America.
And that’s why the Rocky statue has more merit than any anthropological find or old canvas gathering dust at any museum.

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19 Responses

ROCKY *represents* somethang that Y’ALL will never see again—the GREAT White Hope—lol
You folk can’t even win the whitest sport of them all—GOLF—anymore!!!

EminemsRevenge on May 17, 2006 at 3:56 pm

I wonder if M&M’s Revenge ever finished the fifth grade. Nahhh, he couldn’t have because they teach about racism and bigotry in the fourth grade. Come to think of it, that’s all they teach in school from grades K to 12, even as far back as 1980, therefore, I wonder if he went to school at all.
As an aside, I once saw an exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. It was comprised SOLELY of a burned matress nailed to a board and hung on a wall. That was it! Nothing else! That was considered art.

Thee_Bruno on May 17, 2006 at 4:10 pm

I’m hoping they send the statue to Detroit-which is now officially safe since Yoko Ono’s masterpiece-a boxcar riddled with bullet holes has been removed from lawn of Shmotown’s Institute Of Arts.Also-Detroit fighters are historically better than Philly:Sugar Ray Robinson,Joe Louis,Tommy Hearns,Kronk,Brewster Center…

jaywilton on May 17, 2006 at 4:17 pm

YOU PEOPLE wanna final solutionize the Mexicans and you hve the gall to talk about RACISM Thee_Bruno???
SINCE i remember Loony Cloony fighting for the title at the same time a “Rocky” movie came out and getting the SAME payday as the champ even though HE didn’t prove himself…LET’S BE REAL!!!
The last GREAT white heavyweight was Jerry Quarry, who didn’t have much hope because he was fighting in an era of LEGENDS…but i STILL rate him as one of the greatest boxers of all time because he had HEART.
Like Jimmy Breslin said, WE are the better athletes…don’t mean that WE don’t recognize TALENT and CHUTZPAH when we see it.

EminemsRevenge on May 17, 2006 at 4:26 pm

M&M,
Since when have I, or anyone else, ever said anything about exterminating Mexicans?
{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ YAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWNNNNNNNN}}}}}}}}}}}
BTW, what Jimmy “Brain Dead” Breslin said was accurate to some degree, however,
1. tennis,
2. golf,
3. skiing,
4. ice skating,
5. chess,
6. billiards,
7. poker,
8. bowling,
9. motorcycle racing,
10. NASCAR,
11. weight lifting,
12. bodybuilding,
13. hockey,
14. horse show eventing,
15. most of the winter olympic sports,
16. and sailing
are still predominantly white. Sure there are some black athletes in these sports, but it’s still overwhelmingly white.

Thee_Bruno on May 17, 2006 at 5:22 pm

…more serious news from the boxing world as 2006 may be the beginning of the end for race hustlers from all backgrounds-from Jack London to Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes as over the past six months Wladimir Klitschko(honky) stopped
Chris Byrd(brother)for the IBF heavyweight title,Nicolai Valuev(honky)defeated John Ruiz(Puerto Rican-he claimed he was robbed)for the WBA heavyweight title and Serguei Lyakhovich(honky) decisioned Lamon Brewster(brother)for the WBO heavyweight title…particulary astounding that none of the boxers involved,even mentioned their opponent’s racial or ethnic background…and even a nice Jewish boy named Roman Greenberg won a minor heavyweight title.

jaywilton on May 17, 2006 at 6:00 pm

Hey, Mr. Baum. You should read some Donald Duck. There have been some great Donald Duck stories over the years.

sonofsheldon on May 17, 2006 at 8:00 pm

Rocky is not art? Someone tell me how Andy Warhol and soup cans are classics? How about Robert Maplethorpe and his pissing exhibits? Of all things, art is purely subjective and the elitists know it. I’m for Rocky. Screw the other shit-stains.
EXACTLY!
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Rich B on May 17, 2006 at 8:17 pm

M & M, aka Mr. Desperately Seeking Attention, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Who cares about boxing these days? UFC and Pride mixed martial arts are the new thing.

The_Man on May 17, 2006 at 9:34 pm

I’ve actually been to Philadelphia and people were still upset about the statue. I’d say this is long overdue.

KnightoftheImpaler on May 17, 2006 at 10:26 pm

I’d have to say the Ice Hockey is the whitest of sports. There are a few good black players like Jerome Iginla and a few good Hispanic players like Raffi Torres and Scott Gomez, but mostly they are Canadian and North American White boys and Eastern European white boys. Of course that may change. After all, basketball used to be a white man’s sport. It went almost totally black in the 80’s and now is starting to change back. I think eventually all pro sports will be reflective of each ethnic group’s percentage of the population.

Architect on May 18, 2006 at 11:08 am

1. tennis…guess you never heard of the Williams sister
2. golf…ditto, Tiger Woods
3. skiing…not many slopes in da hood
4. ice skating…wait til you see this generation of rollerbladers who might make the transition to ice somewhere down the road
5. chess,
6. billiards,
7. poker,
8. bowling,
9. motorcycle racing,
10. NASCAR…FROM #5 to here…i guess you probably consider eating potato chips a sport too.
11. weight lifting…you should check out the NFL
12. bodybuilding…isn’t this the sport where guys take steroids so that they can stare at other guys…or shtupp their 13-year-old babysitters
13. hockey…Canadian sport…don’t count
14. horse show eventing…nigga please
15. most of the winter olympic sports…We’s a summer people
16. and sailing…After sailing over from Africa, only Nigroe crazy enough to get back in a boat is Robin Quivers

EminemsRevenge on May 18, 2006 at 11:53 am

Actually, Hockey is not exclusively a Canadian sport. It was invented by Irish Immigrants in the late 18th century to replace their favorite sport of Hurling which is played on an open field with sticks similar in shape to hockey sticks. It doesn’t snow much in Ireland and Hurling is played year round. They found that their enjoyment of the sport was curtailed in the winter because of the presence of snow, so they modified the game to be played on ice which was the only open and clear surface in the Canadian and North American winter. After about 150 years, with many changes and modifications we have the current sport. And if you don’t think its American as well as Canadian, you obviously missed the “Miricle on Ice” at the Lake Placid Olympics.
And by the way, its “Negro” not “Nigroe”. If you’re going to diparage your own race, at least get the spelling right.

Architect on May 18, 2006 at 12:49 pm

NIGroe comes from what i heard as a chile…they couldn’t keep the nigger out of the PC Negro…hope Debster don’t delete the REAL “n” word. The only one who could pronounce the word RIGHT back then called *them* “intergration mad Negroes,” so my variation of the word pay’s homage to Malcolm’s testament on the idiocy of Black Americans…and FYI—since i spent my formative years growing up in Jamaica where this nonsense of race was nonexistant, the ONLY race i know of is the HUMAN race—everythang else is Neropean BS.
The “miracle on ice” is equivalent to the Jamaican bobsled team…a FLUKE. Maybe you should read http://www.nhl.com/news/2006/01/252338.html before thinking that hockey is an AMERICAN sport Architect

EminemsRevenge on May 18, 2006 at 2:17 pm

Thank you for the suggestion, but that is just the NHL site and it doesn’t prove anything with regard to the origin of the sport. I suggest that anyone who is intersted read “The History of Ice Hockey”. I am a big hockey fan. I’ve been following and playing it since I was a kid and I’m 59 now. All four of my sons play the game, so I think its safe to say that I know a little bit more about it than you do. As far as the Jamaican Bobsled team goes, there is a big difference between them and the 1980 Miracle team. The Miracle team WON. As far as the use of the “N” word goes, I can’t stand and resent every time I hear it used. Hearing it makes me think of chewing on tin foil or scraping nails accross a chalk board. It really bothers me that so many black people (African Americans?, honestly, I don’t know which is correct any more) use the term when referring to themselves. It is demeaning and dehumanizing and accomplishes nothing except to reinforce stereotypes. I agree that the only race we should be concerned with is the “Human Race”, but your observation that racism doesn’t exist in Jamaica is not quite correct. It exists, but not to the extent that it exists in the United States. The fact that about 98% of Jamaicans are black might have something to do with that. I have been to Jamaica and enjoyed the people, but detected a quiet resentment in some. I guess at least they have the courtesy to keep it to themselves.

Architect on May 18, 2006 at 2:59 pm

Check out the DEMOGRAPHICS section here ARCH: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston,_Jamaica
RE: The fact that about 98% of Jamaicans are black might have something to do with that. I have been to Jamaica and enjoyed the people, but detected a quiet resentment in some…THAT resentment comes from YOU being an American—in the mid-Seventies the CIA destabilized the gov’t when our prime minister asked the U.S. for aid in building schools, to which YOUR gov’t adamantly said NO…and WE got Castro to build those schools in a year—the hitherto pride and jewel of the West Indies became a Third World country shortly afterwards!!!
In junior high i was a goalie in soccer, and when they found out about that in high school i was “drafted” to be a goalie on that team…the suckiest in the whole division…we won back-to-back championships.
Hockey is a CANADIAN game for the same reason baseball is NOW a Dominican game…that’s all they live for.
As for the term AFRICAN AMERICAN…when i returned to this cuntry (against MY will, even though i was born in Brooklyn, NY) and told these clowns they came from Africa, they used to kick my ass until i learnt to FIGHT. Like Malcolm X used to say of these ex-slaves—Negro, you left your MINDS in Africa!
Bob Marley and Marcus Garvey WERE the ones responsible for Black Americans TODAY realizing they were from Africa, yet as a teenager i called the top “black” radio station requesting a Bob Marley song only to be told—You better call one of them whiteboy stations…we don’t play that sh*t!
Yeah, i’ll riff on the race card…and i STAND UP FOR THE MEXICANS because i remember the daze when i WAS the Mexican…but all this racism and nationalism is so much BS that i just can’t resist the temptation to Lenny Bruce all these morons who “think” all the dittohead dogma they’re following actually MEANS somethang in the schemata of the universe!!!

EminemsRevenge on May 18, 2006 at 4:35 pm

Well okay, if you want to think that way. But it’s no mistake that black people in this country are more intelligent than the ones in Africa. They are a different race in the old school informal sense that Italians are a different race than Irish people for example.

KnightoftheImpaler on May 18, 2006 at 6:23 pm

Eminem, you seem to be perpetually angry and offended. Thats no way to live your life. It doesn’t get you anywhere and all it does is alienate everyone around you. There are some people that you will never convince of your point of view, just like there are some points you will never be convinced of. Get over it. There is more to life than walking around with a constant “Case of the Ass”.

Architect on May 19, 2006 at 9:49 am

Actually Architect…i just love playing devil’s advocate…riling folk up to get them to THINK and defend their positions…i’m NOT out to change anyone’s opinions or beliefs, just happy playing my guitar.
IF everyone on here was saying the same thing, it’d be quite boring…probably the main reason Debbie puts up with me…SHE knows that it’s mostly schtick. MY philoophy in life is best summed up by that old Nissan commercial: Life is a journey, enjoy the ride—-and one of my joys in life is inspiring sheeple to THINK

EminemsRevenge on May 19, 2006 at 10:59 am

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