Yesterday, the L.A. times reported an article on a Hello Kitty exhibit set to be displayed at the Japanese American National Museum. Christine R. Yano, an anthropologist at the University of Hawaii, who prepared a script for the exhibit said the following:
“I was corrected — very firmly. 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.”
News that Hello Kitty was not a cat like everyone thought it was spread like wild fire, heck even we covered it. However, Kotaku has decided to do some investigating themselves and personally called Sanrio directly at their Tokyo headquarters. This is what they had to say:
“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.”
Kotaku then clarified with the Sanrio spokesperson and asked, “Then, it would be going too far to say that Hello Kitty was not a cat?” The spokesperson replied, “Yes, that would be going too far.”
Well there you have it guys. You can all pack up and go home now.