Hello Kitty’s Shocking Secret Revealed

This just in: Hello Kitty is not — I repeat, NOT — a cat. We reel from the news and try to sort out this revelation.

The scandal is out.

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.

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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. 

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