Japanese artist Keisuke Aiso said the statue had disintegrated naturally, so he disposed of it. The Momo Challenge, an alleged social media-based challenge featuring a bird-like wraith encouraging children to harm themselves, has sparked an internet-based moral panic. Sheriff departments have issued Facebook posts warning parents about it. Schools have sent emails to students about it. Hell, even Kim Kardashian West posted on Instagram about it. As Rolling Stone reported last week, the Momo Challenge is just the latest of a string of creepypasta-inspired internet urban legends that have gained traction due to parental fears about technology, from Slender Man to the more recent Blue Whale Challenge. And fortunately for parents and the rest of humanity at large, I guess , Aiso has finally weighed in on the panic his artwork has inadvertently inspired, revealing i n a video interview that the sculpture was destroyed after it was subject to degradation. People do not know if it is true or not, but apparently the children have been affected and I do feel a little responsible for it. Fortunately, Aiso says he threw the rubber sculpture last year after it succumbed to the natural process of degradation.
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The ghastly image of a goggle-eyed creature that triggered the so-called Momo Challenge — a viral social-media hoax terrifying children and parents alike — was born in a cluttered two-story studio on the outskirts of Tokyo. The creator of the girl-like monster, Keisuke Aiso, seemed baffled by his newfound fame brought by the disturbing phenomenon amplified by unverified reports of children being enticed by the fictitious Momo into performing dangerous tasks involving self-harm, and even suicide. Aiso heads Link Factory, a small company based in Tachikawa, a suburban city in western Tokyo, that specializes in making props for television shows. A longtime fan of the grotesque and the occult, he created the silicone sculpture that inspired Momo three years ago as an extension of a series of ghoulish artworks he calls the Grudge onnen , in Japanese Girls Collection. His sculpture, however, attracted little attention at the time.
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When God created Man, he looked in horror at what he had done, repented, and cast Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. When Frankenstein made his monster, he too realized his mistake and tried, too late, to undo the error. Now Keisuke Aiso, the Japanese artist behind Momo, has decided to destroy his accidental abomination as well. Momo is no more, The Sun reports. Concerned parents, rejoice! With her strands of greasy black hair, sunken eyes, and twisted mouth — not to mention surprisingly buxom breasts and chicken feet — Momo has terrified various sections of the Internet since Most recently, she became the unwitting participant in a viral "suicide challenge" hoax , which supposedly encouraged young children to self harm via innocuous-seeming YouTube clips. The supposed existence of these Momo videos has caused mass panic in recent weeks, but YouTube itself has confirmed that the suicide challenge is fake; no actual examples of it exist on the platform.
This is where it came from. Story behind this creepy photo. EYES bulge out of their sockets, a distorted smile stretches out over a gaunt, pale face and underneath black hair is a grotesque mixture of human and animal parts. The horrifying character is known as Momo and is a part of a disturbing viral challenge where kids are dared to message the character on WhatsApp. READ: Boy left with severe burns after viral challenge.