The Cat Is A Lie: Hello Kitty Is A Little Girl, Not A Cat

August 28, 2014


Because pretty much everything you've ever thought you've known is a filthy lie, Sanrio recently mentioned that Hello Kitty isn't a cat, she's a little girl. Wait -- so like, a furry? Because she looks an awful lot like a cat. If she's not playing dress-up all the time then I'm gonna go out on a limb and say at least one of her parents has to be a cat. A grandparent, bare minimum.

Christine R. Yano, an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii who is curating the upcoming Hello Kitty retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum in October, told the L.A. Times that she discovered this when the Sanrio folks corrected her after she described Hello Kitty as a cat in her written texts for the exhibit.

"I was corrected -- very firmly," Yano said. "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."

So Hello Kitty is a little girl, but has her own pet cat named Charmmy Kitty. Although Hello Kitty and Charmmy Kitty have never been spotted in the same place at the same time. Hoho, down the rabbit hole! Is Charmmy Kitty actually Hello Kitty?! What about the little googly eyed frog and that penguin with the attitude? Where do they fit in? Man, I ate so many Hello Kitty erasers growing up, they were my favorite.

Thanks to Max, Jackie May, spritz, Allyson, NT and anybody who didn't include Hello Kitty in the title of their tip, who agree it's only a matter of time before Sanrio changes their tune and announces Hello Kitty is actually a space alien.

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