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|“||Momo, Momo, Momo is going to kill you.||„|
| ~ The infamous quote of a child singing when Momo appears on a cartoon.|
|“||Do you want a surprise? Look in her eyes. I will not lie, you're going to die.||„|
| ~ A line from the Momo Challenge Song.|
Momo is an Internet urban legend originating in 2018. She appears to be a young woman with long black hair, huge bulging eyes, a huge mouth with a big smile, and she appears to only have bird legs.
Originally, Momo was created by Keisuke Aso Aisawa. Aso created the sculpture in the summer of 2016, which he named the sculpture Geisha Bird or the Tiger Bird. On August 15–27, 2016, he gave the sculpture to the group exhibition known as The Ghost Gallery, in Tokyo.
In 2018, people started stealing images of the sculpture, and started building the name Momo for the sculpture, which would lead Momo to start giving children dangerous tasks to harm themselves.
Aso did not give any permissions or allow anyone to create a legend out of his sculpture. He also says that he has complexed feelings about Momo existing, and he enjoyed reading various urban legends such as "a mouth split woman" and "human dog".
Aso stated that he is highly against the idea of children getting harmed, especially over his sculpture and the legend, which makes him lose interest.
There were speculations that she was created by either of these two makeup Instagram users: barbierena and nanaakooo. However, she was actually created by the Japanese company named Link Factory. The real name of the sculpture is Mother Bird, and the artist who created it is known to make strange statues like Momo.
The story of Momo started spreading on July 14, 2018, when a YouTube user GloomyHouse created a video talking about the legend. He goes on to say that there are different phone numbers which you can use to contact Momo on Whatsapp. Once the person gets in contact with Momo, the person behind Momo will start leaking all of the personal data and information about the person.
Sometimes, Momo will start even sending very graphical images towards the people that contacted her. It was reported that a 14-year-old had contact with Momo, which escalated in the boy screaming rapidly. When the mother of the boy entered the room, she found the chat-log with Momo. Momo sent the boy a photo of a drawing, and two graphical disturbing videos, which escalated in the boy having a seizure, making the mother bring the boy to the hospital.
It was also reported that a 12-year-old girl committed suicide by hanging herself on a tree in the family's backyard. The investigation goes on the say that the motive for her suicide was having a contact with Momo. The girl recorded the activities prior to the suicide onto her telephone.
In 2019, a famous American actress widely known as Kim Kardashian, shared on her Instagram profile a post created by another woman, which warns the parents about the Momo challenge, because Momo started appearing in various YouTube videos and cartoons. A 5-year-old boy called the police because of Momo. The boy was watching a cartoon, and the video cut to a photograph of Momo, threatening the boy that she is going to kill him.
Another video showed Momo's face with a hypnotic spiral in the background. In the video, Momo told the viewer ("kids" as she refered to them as) to grab a sharp tool from either their dad's garage or to get a knife from their mom's kitchen. She then instructed the viewer to cut their wrists with the sharp tool, and to not stop until they see a lot of blood coming out. She then threatened the viewer that if they didn't do this, she would find them in their sleep.
Police have said that two teenagers have committed suicide because of Momo.
In response to the controversy, Aisawa had confirmed that he had dismantled the original sculpture when it began to rot. As Aiswa states "The children can be reassured Momo is dead - she doesn't exist and the curse is gone". Aisawa also said that he salvaged an eye from the original sculpture.
After the 2019 spreading, the YouTube company responded to all of the controversy, stating that they didn't find and receive any videos which are promoting the Momo legend on YouTube. Although, the news continued to push against Momo with new evidences. Future on YouTube age-restricted and demonetized all the videos which are about Momo on their platform.
On July 10, 2019, Deadline reported that Orion Pictures and Vertigo Entertainment would partner on a film based on the Momo Challenge viral hoax as well as Keisuke Aiso's sculpture. The film would be produced by Taka Ichise, who produced the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's It.
According to the report, the film may rely on both the viral story of the Momo Challenge and the basis for the sculpture "the legend of Ubume, a venomous, child-snatching bird of Japanese folklore.
In 2019, an audio-file about Momo got supposedly leaked on the dark-web. The original audio comes from a Canadian police interview. On the audio-file, you can hear a traumatised girl speaking about Momo. Once the audio got leaked, someone took the audio, and created a song out of the girl's voice. The song was allegedly used in the Momo videos posted on the YouTube Kids app.
She appears in the GameJolt videogame named Momo, and serves as the main antagonist. In the game, the player has to do various tasks before getting rescued, such as searching, hiding, and closing doors. The goal is to try and survive until 00:00. If succeeded, the police will come over and help the player escape.
On July 22, 2018, another user by the name RecordGuy626 uploaded on GameJolt a game named Momo Chatline. In the game, the player chats with Momo, and Momo sends very scary graphical images to the player. If the player quits the chatroom, the player gets jumpscared. The game is supposed to be a remake of the original urban legend.
- She was based on the Japanese folklore Yokai creature by the name Ubume.
- She also may be based on a another Yokai creature named Haradashi.
- Momo got famous after the late famous American YouTube-Twitch star EtikaWorldNetwork watched the video on his stream.
- Momo, the urban legend that has veiled in recent days, is actually a way of stealing information from unsuspecting users. That was said and confirmed by cyber security's experts. The challenge behind the viral is to talk to "Momo" through messages or calling "her" in Whatsapp. Once the number is contacted, "Momo" may respond with some violent threats and demonstrate having access to users' personal information. One only needs to put a person's number on Facebook or Instagram to get information from the user's people. Of course, this depends on the privacy of the account. With this, experts recommend everyone keep their accounts on social networks blocked for the general public.
- Momo in a way is actually similar to Smile Dog, in that both characters use their disturbing appearance to torment their victims and eventually drive them to suicide.
- According to Twitter users, the person behind that number is "Momo" and she can converse in multiple languages. Others believe Momo is actually a bot, something that can be compared to an Artificial Intelligence used to steal private information of users.
- The critically infamous Mexican TV show La Rosa de Guadalupe featured at least two episodes focused on the Momo phenomenon. However, instead of using the actual picture of Momo, the show had a female actress wearing makeover that made her face look similar to that of Momo, thus giving Momo a full body. In both episodes, the Momo character appeared with a creepy voiceover in videos the protagonists of each episodes watched. This changes were likely done for copyright reasons.