The artist behind the chilling Momo sculpture that has terrified children as part of the ‘Momo Challenge’ has announced that the horrifying beast is “dead”.
Sculptor Keisuke Aiso says he feels “responsible” for scaring children after his work was hijacked by people who have used it in the viral ‘Momo Challenge‘.
The sculpture – originally created in 2016 and titled ‘Mother Bird’ – has been used in children’s YouTube videos to entice them into performing a series of dangerous tasks including violent attacks and suicide.
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This is a work of horror art titled “Mother-Bird” by an artist named Keisuke Aisawa. It’s been around for years. Momo is a nickname the internet gave it as it’s a word play on the title piece and its similarity to the Dodo bird. Yes, it’s a hoax that makes its rounds on the internet every year. This time around though, media caught wind of the hoax not knowing it was a hoax and trolls have been fueling the frenzy by replicating what the hoax was about. It’s wrong how this art is being misused. But I’ve been getting a little peeved at how parents are taking it. I understand some of you feel your child is in danger of being exposed to something like this but that is the inherent risk you run by allowing your child to view anything on the internet. YouTube is a platform not meant to be used by ANYONE under 13 as with any other online website. That’s not to say we all know, including YouTube, very damn well that kids old enough to hold a phone 1+ are on it. It is the PARENT’s responsibility to control what their children watch. As soon as you allow your child to view anything on the internet, you are also exposing them to anything that may randomly pop-up, intended or not. If they choose to let them watch cartoons on YouTube then they should also talk to their kids about sensitive subjects they may encounter and advise them that A) the content they’re watching is not real and B) let them know if something does pop up that they know they should not be watching to come bring it to your attention. Sorry but it is not YouTube’s responsibility to baby sit your child. Believe me, they’re not in the business of allowing abusive content on purpose. It’s just a content platform like TV and everything else anybody with eyes and ears has access to. They have guidelines, they have automation policing, sometimes things slip through the filters. You can’t filter the entire world. But you can talk to your child about what they may encounter when viewing the internet. PSA.
The Tokyo-based sculptor revealed to The Sun that children should no longer fear Momo as he’s destroyed the sculpture.
“It doesn’t exist anymore, it was never meant to last,” he told the publication.
“It was rotten and I threw it away.
“The children can be reassured Momo is dead – she doesn’t exist and the curse is gone.”
Parents and children alike have discovered Momo’s face appear in the middle of Peppa Pig episodes aimed at young children. Using a computerised voice, the character issues terrifying threats to the viewer.
The challenge allegedly entices children to add a contact into their phones and then instructs them to complete dangerous tasks with the threat of harming their families if they do not comply.
However, many believes the challenge is nothing more than a hoax, creating unnecessary worry for parents.
The ‘Momo Challenge’ first emerged last year when a 12-year-old girl’s suicide in Argentina was reportedly thought to have been motivated by the ‘game’.