Apparently Hello Kitty is Not Actually A Cat

By Alyssa Pereira

Everything is a lie.

For decades, the general public has been under the apparently false impression that Hello Kitty is a cat. In this case, although it looks like a cat and it’s named like a cat, it’s actually a little British girl named Kitty White. Seriously.

An anthropologist from the University of Hawai’i named Christina R. Yano, who had undertaken the task of putting together a retrospective for the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles later this fall mislabeled the supposed cat as such, and was promptly corrected by Sanrio, whose headquarters are in South San Francisco.

“I was corrected — very firmly,” Yano told the LA Times. “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.”

Apparently, there’s a whole back-story to little Kitty White: she’s a British third-grader (and Scorpio) with a twin sister, and the daughter of George and Mary White.



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