Are you kitten me right meow?
For years, people have been led astray thinking the iconic Hello Kitty is a white, fluffy, friendly cat with an equally-iconic red bow clipped below her ear, but according to recent reports, Hello Kitty is, in fact, not a cat.
Yup, it’s pawsitive.
Christine Yano, an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii, will be curating the upcoming Hello Kitty retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum in October. Yano told the L.A. Times that she discovered the beloved kitten known around the world is not actually a cat after she was corrected by Sanrio for describing the famous character, naturally, as a cat.
When Yano was preparing her written texts for the exhibit, she says she described Hello Kitty as a cat.
“I was corrected — very firmly,” Yano was quoted by the LA Times as saying. “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.”
Oh, she’s also British, and there’s a whole backstory to it.