Would a 12-foot middle finger statue next door to your former spouse’s home constitute irreconcilable differences?
In real estate, they do say that location is everything…
Detroit businessman Alan Markovitz not only bought the house right next to door to his former wife and her new love, but installed a giant bronze sculpture with the one-finger salute, accompanied by a spotlight, and pointed it in her direction.The artwork reportedly cost about $7,000, plus about $300 for the lighting.
A successful and colorful businessman described as a strip club entrepreneur by various media outlets, Markovitz will be starring in an upcoming reality show on Cinemax called Topless Prophet, based on his book of the same name. He recently purchased the home in question in the Orchard Lake section of suburban Bloomfield Hills and claims the realtor showed him the house by coincidence, but then karma took over.
Markovitz, 59, told the Detroit Fox affiliate that “his plan was to get even with the ex-wife’s new lover, and never meant for the matter be made public. However, it soon grabbed local attention when the ex-wife’s daughter posted a picture of the statue on twitter.”
He emphasized that he is harboring no ill will toward his wife, but her boyfriend is another matter. “I’m so over her. This is about him. This is about him not being a man,” Markovitz told Deadline Detroit. He previously told the same publication that he knew the guy with whom his wife of two years was cheating. “He broke the Man Code. He’s a total freakin’ a**hole. Real men don’t do that to another guy.”
In the Topless Prophet trailer (not yet posted online), he reportedly explains that “I’m Alan Markovitz and I’m living the American dream.Together with my talented staff and my 700 beautiful dancers, I create the most elegant gentlemen’s clubs in the country, built right here in Detroit. Topless Prophet will let you look behind the curtain at the business of strip. Trust me there’s more to it than meets the eye.”
The nightclub mogul unveiled the middle finger statue at his lakefront home, where he lives with his 17-year-old daughter, a few weeks ago when his friends were over for a party.