Sanrio, a Japanese toy maker, has claimed that Hello Kitty is not a cat.
Instead, Sanrio maintains that Hello Kitty is a little girl living outside of London. While the news seems like a shock to many, Sanrio has described Hello Kitty as a little girl since she was created in 1979, reports The Washington Post.
If Hello Kitty isn’t a cat, then what is she?
Well, it turns out that she is actually a cat. Hello Kitty may not walk on all fours like a normal cat, but she wouldn’t be the only cartoon critter not to do so. Kotaku writer Brian Ashcraft gives a fine example as to why the character is a cat by comparing her to Jiminy Cricket. Sure, Jiminy walks around on two legs and has a hat and umbrella, but does that not make him a cricket?
Ashcraft also asked Sanrio if it “would be going too far to say that Hello Kitty was not a cat?” A Sanrio spokesperson replied that “Yes, that would be going too far.”
- “Hello Kitty is still a cat I don’t care.”
- “Hello Kitty is not a cat just as much as Pluto isn’t a planet because he’s a dog.”
- “Hey has anyone thought to ask Hello Kitty what she herself identifies as?”
- “All those dogs that chased Hello Kitty around must feel embarrassed.”
- “Apparently some people are shocked to discover Hello Kitty isn’t a cat. SHE’S A DRAWING.”