May 17, 2006, - 2:59 pm
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.
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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