If you were under the impression that Hello Kitty was a cat your whole life, you’re about to be proven wrong.
According to a Los Angeles Times interview with Christine Yano, curator of an upcoming exhibit on Hello Kitty at the Japanese American National Museum in LA, Sanrio considers its character to be a human girl.
“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.”
Moreover, Hello Kitty isn’t from Asia, despite her significance with Asian people. According to her back story, her real name is actually Kitty White, and she was born in London, England. Her full story also notes that she has a twin sister named Mimmy and she loves apple pie.
If you’re still in disbelief and refuse to believe Ms. Yano’s testimony, Sanrio has since confirmed that Hello Kitty is indeed a girl and not a cat by referring to the character’s biography on their website:
“As tall as five apples, and as heavy as three, Hello Kitty is a bright little girl with a heart of gold. She loves to bake cookies and play the piano, and dreams of one day becoming a pianist or maybe even a poet. She has a gift for music and English, and a soft spot for Mama’s apple pie. Hello Kitty and her twin sister Mimmy are the best of friends.”
Personally, as a longtime fan of the character, I am extremely alarmed.
This makes NO SENSE AT ALL. Why does Hello Kitty have cat ears then? Is this some kind of Pluto and Goofy complex?!
My childhood is a lie.