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Former DC Mayor and current DC City Councilman Marion Barry leaves after attending a viewing of musical artist Chuck Brown at the Howard Theater on May 29, 2012 in Washington. Brown, who died on May 16, was a guitarist and singer who played a primary role in the birth of Go-go, a local type of funk music. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

Statues and plaques of famous figures seen as controversial are being protested and removed around the country. Now, D.C. officials want to memorialize a great figure in Washington history with a new statue of … Marion Barry?

On today’s show, Doc reminded everyone what D.C. “Mayor for Life” Barry is probably best remembered for: video footage of him in a D.C. hotel room smoking a crack pipe while spending time with a prostitute. Is this really someone we should be honoring with a $300,000, 8-foot statue?

“I don’t know if he’s going to be depicted with a whore and a crack pipe,” Doc joked. “I don’t know.”

The project is coming from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the bronze statue is slated to be unveiled on March 6.

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