September 7, 2006, - 3:29 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Not long ago, we reported how elitist, left-wing snobs in Philadelphia were trying to keep the City from displaying the Rocky statue at its famous former perch outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Here’s an excerpt:
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. . . .
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. . . .
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?
Well, we’re happy to report that the elitists lost. Rocky is coming back. In a 6-2 vote, yesterday, the Philadelphia Art Commission voted to move Rocky out of storage and back to the steps of the Art Museum.
We’re glad. This is not about a 30-year-old movie. It’s about the Working Class America which the statue represents–the hard-working men and women trying to make a buck. Forget Renoir and Monet. Rocky represents the triumph of the American spirit against tough odds.
Philadelphia Art Commission member, artist, and art professor Moe Brooker was one of the uber-snobs who voted against Rocky, whining:
It’s not a work of art and . . . it doesn’t belong there.
But as we said, back in May, when the controversy first erupted:
Rocky is . . . 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.
We stand by that statement and look forward to the return of Rocky to Philadelphia. Yo, Adrian!
Read Michael Smerconish’s excellent column about this in the Philadelphia Daily News. Amen, Mike.
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