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Michigan Residents Make Parodies of Viral Detroit City Sign

The sign has inspired two rap songs and a wave of backyard installations.

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The city of Detroit’s new welcome sign has become an unlikely meme after residents in Detroit metro communities began to craft low-budget spoofs of the sign, WGRD reports.

Detroit aimed to evoke the iconic Hollywood letters with its own sign ahead of the NFL Draft, though the final result seems to have fallen short of residents’ expectations. The now much-lampooned sign, the first of six, was fabricated by hometown Fairmont Sign Company and installed on the westbound side of I-94 at Proctor in early April, according to WGRD.

 

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Shortly after installation, the sign became a social media talking point when Detroit-based rapper Gmac Cash released a diss track titled “Detroit Sign” criticizing its design. A sequel to the song, “Detroit Sign 2,” was released as electrical modules were installed to illuminate the sign at night.

Real-life parodies of the sign also appeared across the Detroit suburbs throughout April, from Warren to Ray Township and beyond, by residents using cardboard, sticks, duct tape and vinyl, WGRD reports.

See the parody signs in the story by WGRD.

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