For decades, Hello Kitty has been a favorite of fans of the cartoon cat all over the world. After all, who doesn’t love cats – cartoon or otherwise?! However, news about the cute cartoon kitty had the world of the Hello Kitty fandom all shook up. It’s been revealed that Hello Kitty is not really a cat, but actually a little British girl who lives in the London suburbs. Yes, you read that correctly: Hello Kitty is not a cat. Everything that you knew about the popular Sanrio character for the past 40 years is incorrect. To say that it is a catastrophe for the hardcore HK fans is an understatement!
It was all discovered when Christine Yano, an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii, sent a written piece for a Hello Kitty retrospective happening in Los Angeles to Sanrio to get proofread. Yano revealed that she was corrected by the Japanese-based company when she had apparently incorrectly described the beloved character as a cat.
“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.”
While many of the legions of the cartoon’s fans love and adore her, apparently not many have read her back story, which describes Hello Kitty as a “happy little girl with a heart of gold” who “loves to bake.” That information took the Hello Kitty fandom by storm, and the shocking news wasn’t all that well-received. Possibly because of the repercussions that the surprising news brought about, Sanrio is actually retreating from their explanation that Hello Kitty isn’t a cat – but that just makes things even more confusing! A spokesperson for Sanrio had since clarified: “Hello Kitty was done in the motif of a cat. It’s going too far to say that Hello Kitty is not a cat. Hello Kitty is a personification of a cat.”
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