The internet has combined Jason Momoa and the Momo Challenge and we’re not sure how to feel about it. But probably bad. Probably.
On your left is Jason Momoa: six-foot, three-inches, 235 pounds of solid Hawaiian muscle who stars in such great comic book movies as Aquaman and Justice League.
On your right is Momo, the titular star of internet meme slash modern urban legend, the Momo Challenge. If you haven’t heard of the Momo Challenge, then good, because it’s dumb and seems designed to scare kids and parents.
Also known as the Momo Suicide Game, it starts with someone texting someone else on their phone via messenger app with and introducing themselves as Momo, along with a terrifying image of a Japanese statue that debuted at the Tokyo Art Show in 2016. “Momo” then asks if the other person wants to play a game, Saw-style, and then sends terrifying or grotesque images to the player if they don’t comply.
Momo has also started showing up in random online kids videos as just a way of scaring the crap out of children.
So: one is a Hawaiian movie star with the body of a Greek god, while the other is a terrifying meme with the face of a demon. It only makes sense for the internet to combine the two in some sort of unholy union.
Why would perfectly normal netizens start photoshopping Momo onto the body of Jason Momoa? It’s hard to say. It could be that their names are so similar that the human mind cannot help but combine the two internally, thus compelling the body to combine the two in real life.
Or it could be that the only way to defuse one terrifying meme is by combining it with a more wholesome meme and thus make it lose some of its terror.
Or it might just be the only way to get rid of one dumb meme is to replace it with an even dumber one.
Whatever the reason, Jason Momoa is here and we can’t unsee it. But maybe, just maybe, we can get rid of it when an even dumber meme rolls along.