The Hello Kitty cat has been one of the most popular and recognizable pop-culture icons of the past 40 years but yesterday we received some mind blowing news from the LA Times – Hello Kitty is NOT A CAT!
via LA Times
You read that right. When Yano (author of the book “Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific) was preparing her written texts for the Hello Kitty exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, she says she described Hello Kitty as a cat. “I was corrected — very firmly,” she says. “That’s one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. 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.”
I grew up with Hello Kitty everything and all I have to say is, MIND BLOWN.
The article also mentions that Kitty (White) has a twin sister, is in 3rd grade, is British and lives outside of London. MIND BLOWN again.
I’m not going to argue with the creators and experts but I’ve never seen Snoopy walk “on all fours” either and I know he’s a dog.