A Michigan man has erected a giant statue of a middle finger and placed it on his back porch, in full view of his next-door neighbor, who also happens to be his ex-wife.
According to the Daily Mail, Alan Markovitz, a 59-year-old Detroit strip-club owner, placed the 12-foot high sculpture in the backyard of his lakefront home in Orchard Lake to spite his ex-wife, Lea Tuohy. To ensure that it’s always visible, a spotlight shines on the statue at night.
As the Daily Mail points out, Tuohy’s daughter Lenka addressed the situation on Twitter. “How psychotic do you have to be to buy the house directly next to your ex wife and then put a statue up like that?!?! Real classy alan,” she wrote a few days ago.
“its hard for me to enjoy my baths now because my fav tub is in my moms bathroom which faces out towards tif and alans house:(” she added.
According to Deadline Detroit, Markovitz says the man who lives next door had an affair with Lea Tuohy, who comes from Slovakia, during the two years he was married to her. "I'm so over her," Markovitz said. "This is about him. This is about him not being a man."
The 12-foot bronze statue cost $7,000, but Markovitz says it was worth it. “He broke the Man Code. He’s a total freakin’ a**hole,” Markovitz told Deadline Detroit. “Real men don’t do that to another guy.”
Markovitz also told Deadline Detroit that it was a “coincidence” when the realtor showed him the house next door to his ex-wife. The middle finger statue debuted a week ago during a party in the backyard.
Markovitz is a well-known personality around Detroit. According to the Daily Mail, he’s been operating strip clubs in the city’s Eight Mile since the 1980s. He’s also been shot twice, had a mob contract out on his life, faced several lawsuits from strippers and written a book entitled “Topless Prophet: The True Story of America’s Most Successful Gentleman’s Club Entrepreneur,” which was released in 2009.
Markovitz will be the subject of an HBO/Cinemax reality series called “Topless Prophet,” debuting early next year.
“I’m Alan Markovitz and I’m living the American dream,” he says in the 10-minute trailer, according to Deadline Detroit. “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.”