Fox Doesn’t Understand Detroit’s Dirty ‘Fisting’ Sculpture, Facebookers Guffaw


Crisco Detroit fist

Detroit’s sculpture of late boxer Joe Louis’ fist has become part of an interesting piece of installation art this week, and an even more interesting social conversation on Fox Detroit’s Facebook page.

Detroit artist Jerry Vile added a giant can of Crisco to the iconic sculpture, placing it at the base of Louis’ fist. Vile has described the can as a “gesture of sympathy” and a “magical Vessel of Hope,” meant to “ease the pain of Detroit’s bankruptcy.” It’s a very clever little coup de gras, if you ask us.

In case you’re sitting in the cheap seats, Detroit’s financial ills are quickly turning it into America’s very first ghost city.

Anyway, the real story is over at Fox 2 Detroit’s Facebook page. They posted a photo of Vile’s piece with the following plea:

“Local artist Jerry Vile has created something he calls ‘Vessel of Hope’. He hopes it may in someway ease the pain of having the Detroit bankruptcy shoved into our faces. Can anyone explain what this means???”

That awkward moment when everybody but Fox got the reference right away:

Fox Detroit Facebook

We haven’t even gotten to the good part. Look what happened after Fox Detroit realized their mistake:

Fox Detroit

But the city of Detroit apparently takes their anal fisting very seriously. City officials dubbed the can of Crisco “abandoned property” and removed it by 2PM. This, in itself, sends a couple of humorous messages. There are so many jokes about city officials skimping even on cheap lube just to save cash here that it’s hard to pick just one.

Get a better look at Detroit’s “Vessel of Hope” below and let us know what you think about Fox Detroit’s Facebook flub:

vessel of hope


Dusten Carlson
Dusten has written for web and print and currently spends his time working on his upcoming graphic novel. He is also almost 30 and still has all of his hair.

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