Saturday Night Live’s Momo sketch outrages parents

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THE MOMO ‘suicide game’ was debunked as a hoax. Deep fried takeaways are a bigger threat to our kids’ wellbeing. Put them together and what have you got?

The so-called Momo Suicide Game is thought to have started on WhatsApp in Japan. The menacing meme’s spooky mascot comes from an art installation called Mother Bird created by a sculptor named Keisuke in 2016.

Late last year it was linked to the suicide of a 12-year-old girl and from then quickly gained notoriety as a dangerous craze that encouraged self-harm.

But that was last week. The world moves so quickly these days that Momo is already considered game for comedy.

On the long-running US TV satire show Saturday Night Live we saw the debut of ‘Bok Bok,’ a creepy chicken creature that’s trying to encourage you to eat one of the numerous copies of KFC.

CREEPY: Ghostbusters star Kate McKinnon transforms herself into a ‘chicken Momo’ (Pic: SNL)

In the spoof advert, we are assured that Kate McKinnon’s character Bok Bok is ‘not Momo in a chicken suit.’  Adults in the sketch seem shocked by the creepy creature while their kids seem more relaxed – almost hypnotised.

But even if you weren’t freaked out by Bok Bok appearing behind the fast food restaurant’s counter, you surely would be if she popped in the back seat of your car while you were at the drive-thru window. 

SPOOKY

SPOOKY: Kate’s character is an eerie echo of the Momo image (Pic: SNL)

SCAREY

SCARY: The SNL team say Bok Bok is ‘not’ Momo! (Pic: SNL)

Not everyone found the skit to their taste. One viewer wrote: “Saturday night Live I never say anything but you went overboard this past Saturday M… doing the sick skit on MOMO . 

“That should not be taken lightly ! Your company stepped over the line with that , should not be taken lightly ! I am a parent of child !”



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