— Hurriyet Daily News (@HDNER) April 8, 2015
Melih Gökçek, longtime mayor or the Turkish capital Ankara, is in hot water after unveiling some new “art” in a city intersection earlier this week.
Citizens were shocked to see the 20-foot-tall stone and metal statue of a robot, believing at first it was some sort of prank. Unfortunately for Cökçek’s critics, the mayor was very serious about this latest installment, which he had constructed as an attraction for Ankapark, the city’s robot and dinosaur theme park he hopes to expand.
Now he’s being sued by the Turkish Union of Engineers and Architects’ Chambers, as many of Ankara’s taxpayers and politicians – including some from his own party – are accusing the mayor of mismanagement of funds and even embezzlement.
The mayor has been in power for 21 years, so some abuse of his authority really wouldn’t seem too far fetched.
What do you think of the statue? If I were the creator behind the Iron Giant, I’d be pissed.
— Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep) April 4, 2015
— Sick Chirpse (@SickChirpse) April 10, 2015
"Welcome to downtown Coolsville! Population: us." At 5.05pm, a boy befriends a mysterious robot in The Iron Giant. pic.twitter.com/gIXhE7huab
— Film4.com (@Film4) April 5, 2015
We’ve heard of Robot Chicken, but Robot Turkey is ridiculous! Check out this huge waste of public funds!