It’s a sad day for Hello Kitty fans – the twittersphere is a buzz with the news and everyone is talking about it.
Here you go: Hello Kitty is not a cat.
How can that be? Whiskers, kitty-like ears and her name is Hello KITTY – hello people! Seriously?!
How did this shocking revelation come out? Christine R Yano, an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii, who has been studying Hello Kitty for years (and still thought she was a cat, FYI), was writing about a retrospective of Hello Kitty opening at the Japanese American National Museum. She told the LA Times that Sanrio corrected her script by saying:
“Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.”
What?! She has been around for 40 years and always thought of as a cat. I’ve seen a lot of little girls in my day and none of them look anything like Hello Kitty.
How am I going to break the news to my daughter??
<UPDATE: According to Kotaku, Sanrio told them that Hello Kitty is “a feline – just an anthropomorphic one.” A spokesperson from Sanrio’s Tokyo headquarters explained to Kotaku “Hello Kitty was done in the motif of a cat. It’s going too far to say that Hello Kitty is not a cat. Hello Kitty is a personification of a cat.”>
Maybe it’s all lost in translation but they did say “she is a little girl”…