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Kitty Cat-Astrophe! – ‘Hello Kitty is Not a Cat’

by Brett M. Christensen

Image: © depositphotos.com/Jean_Nelson

A recent revelation involving iconic cartoon character Hello Kitty has rocked the interwebs to its core. Shock horror. It seems that Hello Kitty is not actually a cat!
The shocking news was revealed when University of Hawaii anthropologist Christine R. Yano referred to Hello Kitty as a cat in a speech she was preparing for an upcoming retrospective of the character at the Japanese American National Museum. But, on seeing the text of the speech, Hello Kitty creator Sanrio reportedly corrected Yano, explaining that Hello Kitty is certainly not a cat.

A Wall Street Journal article on the issue notes:

Yano says “I was corrected — very firmly” after describing Hello Kitty as a cat.

“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,” she said.

And, a description of the character on the official Hello Kitty fan page notes:

Hello Kitty is a cheerful and happy little girl with a heart of gold. She lives in London with her mama (Mary White), papa (George White), and her twin sister Mimmy. Hello Kitty loves to bake and she can make really delicious cookies. She learned her baking talents from her mama, who makes scrumptious apple pies that are enjoyed by the whole family.

But, according to a follow-up Wall Street Journal article, Sanrio is now suggesting that some elements may have been ‘lost in translation’ in initial reports. In a discussion with WSJ, a Sanrio spokesperson explains – rather vaguely – that it ‘is difficult to provide a specific classification’ of exactly what Hello Kitty is but that she can be considered a ‘personification of a cat’.
So, after much consultation and deep thought on this contentious issue, we at Hoax-Slayer have come up with the following advice for devastated and angst-ridden Hello Kitty fans:

    • If you have always considered Hello Kitty to be a cat and have been upset by recent revelations, you are probably safe to continue thinking of her as a cat.  Just don’t tell anybody, ok?
    • If you are a dynamic individual who is willing to embrace even shocking and unexpected changes in your life, then you should go right ahead and embrace Hello Kitty’s non-cathood

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After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

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Brett Christensen,
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