Georgetown Professor Forced To Remove Transformer Statues After Incessant Whining

This is one fight that Bumblebee and Optimus Prime of Transformers fame couldn’t win. Not many can — not when it comes to overtaking the whiners of society.

And some whined their way into forcing a Washington D.C. man to remove statues of Bumblebee and Optimus Prime that stood outside his home in the historic Georgetown neighborhood, as reported by

“The neighborhood commission — ANC 2E, which covers Georgetown, Burleith and Hillandale —unanimously rejected Newton Howard’s request for a permit to keep two large sculptures of the iconic Transformers in front of his $4 million home on Prospect Street NW,” DCist reported. “They stand just a few blocks from Georgetown University, where he works as a research professor in computational neurology and functional neurosurgery. (That’s brain science for the rest of us.)”

Apparently, passersby complained that the Transformers were an “eyesore” and a “nuisance.” They also whined that those stopping to take pictures with them posed a COVID-19 risk.

But those are not the main reasons the Transformers had to come down, it seems. Instead, neighborhood commissioners ruled that Howard had failed to receive approval from the Old Georgetown Board, which oversees everything that happens to properties or public spaces in Georgetown.

Maybe once approval is granted, Bumblebee and Optimus Prime will make their triumphant return. And just like they do in the movies, they will vanquish their considerably weaker opponents.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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