Mohamed Salah Statue

Mohamed Salah Statue

Updated Nov 06, 2018 at 04:51PM EST by Matt.

Added Nov 06, 2018 at 04:25PM EST by Matt.

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Mohamed Salah Statue refers to a series of jokes about a sculpture of professional soccer player Mohamed "Mo" Salah. In fall 2018, the statue became the focus of a series of jokes, memes and photoshops mocking and criticizing the statue's likeness of Salah, similar to 2017's Cristiano Ronaldo Bust.

Origin

On November 4th, 2018, a statue of professional soccer player Mohamed Salah was put on display at the World Youth Forum in Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt. The sculputre was intended to look like Salah's goal celebration pose, with the player's arm's outstretched, his head held high and smile on his face (shown below, left).[1]

That morning, Twitter [2] user @AmrM28463411 tweeted a photograph of the statue. The captioned the photograph, "@RamyCol this statue is for @MoSalah plz take action" (shown below, right).


Standard Chartered @RamyCol this statue is for @MoSalah plz take action าชุ

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That day, Twitter[3] user @beINSPORTSUSA tweeted several photographs of the statue. The post received more than 770 retweets and 2,300 likes in two days.

Over the next 24 hours, people began posting photoshops of the statue and comparing it to other cultural properties (examples below, left and center). For example, Twitter[4] user @utdsupreme compared the photograph to the American cartoon character Beavis and Butt-head. The post received more than 370 retweets and 1,600 likes in two days (shown below, right).


the new mo salah statue #mosalah What is it with footballers and statues? Ronaldo's head looked more like Niall Quinn And now the Mo Salah statue to be installed in Sharm El Sheikh looks more like Mary from Home Alone than Salah. #Salah #LFC That new statue of Mo Salah looks familiar

On November 4th, Twitter[5] published a Moments page about the statue.

Several media outlets covered the reaction to the statue, including BBC,[6] Al Jazeera,[7] CNN,[8] The Guardian[9] and more. According to CNN, the artist behind the sculpture state she's "not happy with it."

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Why does the statue of @MoSalah look more like #ArtGarfunkel? WTAF?!! Salah statue manages to be worse than last years Ronaldo bust I initially thought the Mo Salah statue was Leo Sayer, but I think it's to commemorate Art Garfunkel who is 77 today
looks like Leo Sayer Wow! Standard chartered Does anyone else think this @MoSalah statue is more like a young Arsene

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