News has hit today that Hello Kitty is definitely, emphatically NOT a cat. We have loved this bow-sporting, overall-wearing character since her 1970s debut and are struggling with the idea that she might not be what we thought.
University of Hawaii anthropologist Christine R. Yano found out the shocking secret while curating a Hello Kitty retrospective set to open in October at the Japanese American National Museum. Reps from Hello Kitty-creator Sanrio had read Yano’s written texts for the exhibit, and corrected her use of the word “cat” to describe the cartoon character.
“I was corrected — very firmly,” Yano told the LA Times. “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.”
The pet cat did elicit some curiosity among fans, who wondered if a Goofy/Pluto time situation was in effect. Well, one fan, at least. (OK, me.)Does this news change how you feel about Hello Kitty? Please share. This is a safe space.