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Momo is a Meme

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Momo is a Meme

Paris Dugan, Photo Editor

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If you use any or all social media, then it’s safe to assume that you know or have heard about Momo. Perhaps not, seeing how at this point it resides in the meme cemetery next to Leonardo DiCaprio Oscar memes and Salt Bae. So who and what is exactly Momo? Awareness for Momo began trending in February 2019, however, the “Momo Challenge” began as a hoax in 2017. The challenge instructed teens to perform a succession of tasks, including violent attacks and suicide. These tasks came from an avatar woman with dark hair, pale skin, and oversized eyes. The “worldwide phenomenon” continued spreading, becoming a mod in the children’s game “Minecraft” and even as far as being spoofed by SNL. Upon the brief resurfacing of Momo in 2019, police and school warnings have been issued to parents on social media.

Momo, who is based on the 2016 sculpture “Mother Bird” by Keisuke Aisawa, appears hidden within animated videos meant for children as well as a Whatsapp game. The challenge shares similarity with “the Blue Whale Challenge” from 2017, which led to the deaths of two teenagers in the states. To older teens and adults, Momo is simply another dumb meme that is already beginning to die. To parents and law enforcement, Momo is a danger to children’s safety. My advice to those worried about the challenge is to monitor what your kids do online and discuss internet safety.

About the Writer
Paris Dugan, Photo Editor

Paris is an AR designer, specializing in photography, graphic design and illustration. Currently pursuing a B.A. in digital art and design at Henderson...

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