Ladies and Gentleman, Hello Kitty is not a CAT!

HelloKittyisnotacatThere are certain things in life we take for granted as being what they seem to be: for example, that Kermit is a frog or a spade is a spade.  However, on odd occasions, we can find out that what we believed to be true is in fact completely the opposite. Today is one of those days as Sanrio have apparently confirmed that Hello Kitty is in fact not a cat at all!

“What madness is this?” I hear you scream. As mad as it sounds, it is apparently true. The story behind this revelation is that when anthropologist Christine R. Yano submitted text for the written parts of her Hello Kitty Retrospective exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum to parent company Sanrio, she received one correction in a very firm manner, stating that the iconic character in question was not a CAT.

If she is not a cat, then what exactly is she? Well, in an interview with the L.A. Times, Christine goes on to tell us exactly what Sanrio had to say about the character:

“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.”

So it would seem that for the last 40 years, millions of people across the globe have been wrong. Perhaps we cannot say that we have been misled as Sanrio have never said she was a cat, we all just assumed that she was.  And yet, there is still more……………..Hello Kitty has a backstory! Yes, you read that correctly: Hello Kitty is more than just a fashion brand and symbol. So, ladies and gentlemen, get ready to have your minds well and truly blown as Sanrio have made it known (for some time, it would seem) that Hello Kitty’s full name is actually Kitty White. She is the daughter of George and Mary White, has a twin sister called Mimmy and lives outside London, meaning that she is in fact British! Her birthday is November 1st.

As if that wasn’t enough to boggle your mind, the creator of the character, Yuko Yamaguchi, has confirmed that the reason that she does not have a mouth is to leave her expressionless, enabling people to project their own feelings onto her face when they look at her.

So there you have it! If you, like us, are now sitting at home questioning whether up is truly up or whether Miss Piggy is in fact a pig and not some weird human hybrid, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

“Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” begins October 11th at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Sources: Sanriotown | L.A. Times | laist | Time Magazine

Hello Kitty image drawn by Claire Courtney.


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