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Tred posted 8/28/2014 08:06 AM

Sorry DS...from the news:

The stunning revelation emerged from anthropologist Christine R Yano - who has been curating an exhibition about the global phenomenon.

Speaking to the LA Times, she explained that the Sanrio corporation had dropped the bombshell during her preparations.

"That's one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat," she said.

"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."

And she elaborated on the reason that Hello Kitty was designated as British.

"Hello Kitty emerged in the 1970s, when the Japanese and Japanese women were into Britain.

"They loved the idea of Britain. It represented the quintessential idealised childhood, almost like a white picket fence. So the biography was created exactly for the tastes of that time."

So now you know.

nowiknow23 posted 8/28/2014 08:15 AM

Wuh? Say it ain't so.

Waiting4Daylite posted 8/28/2014 08:22 AM

Well she's sure one funky looking chick then.

devasted30 posted 8/28/2014 09:22 AM

Ooohhhh. Is that a cross between Hello Kitty and Grumpy Cat? Not attractive at all!!! I love Grumpy Cat. Hello Kitty??? Not so much.

Aubrie posted 8/28/2014 10:15 AM

Well she's sure one funky looking chick then.

painpaingoaway posted 8/28/2014 10:19 AM

I'm crushed. 🙀

thebighurt posted 8/28/2014 10:24 AM

That 'little girl' needs to shave! And she has funny ears.....

JanaGreen posted 8/28/2014 10:33 AM

My daughter, on the subject of Hello Kitty:

Little Green: "Mommy, she doesn't have a mouf. That's weird Mommy. How does she eat?"

She just eats souls and you don't need a mouf for that.

Tred posted 8/28/2014 10:37 AM

This is as controversial as when Spuds "the Bud party dog" McKenzie was outed...

Crescita posted 8/28/2014 10:47 AM

I think it's just a miscommunication. Hello Kitty is a personified cat, not a pet cat. It's like Goofy vs. Pluto.

Tred posted 8/28/2014 10:58 AM

I think you are right Crescita - the story has been updated:

UPDATE: Reached by a reporter for RocketNews24, a representative for Sanrio said, "We never said she was a human." The representative never said she was a cat.

UPDATE 2: Well, it seems there may have been some (intentional?) confusion here. When Sanrio told Yano that Hello Kitty wasn't a cat, it appears they meant she wasn't a cat in the context of what it means to be a cat in our reality, not the cartoon universe Sanrio has created.

A spokesman at Sanrio's Tokyo headquarters told Kotaku:

"Hello Kitty was done in the motif of a cat. It's going too far to say that Hello Kitty is not a cat. Hello Kitty is a personification of a cat."

The specific word that the Sanrio spokesperson used to describe Hello Kitty was "gijinka" (擬人化, which means "anthropomorphization" or "personification."

One again, to clarify, I asked the Sanrio spokesperson, "Then, it would be going too far to say that Hello Kitty was not a cat?" The spokesperson replied, "Yes, that would be going too far."

There stock was probably taking a beating

Jrazz posted 8/28/2014 11:28 AM

GREAT. Next you'll tell me these dudes aren't actually veggies...

Wait, what?

gahurts posted 8/28/2014 12:16 PM

EDITED due to really bad taste

[This message edited by gahurts at 12:19 PM, August 28th (Thursday)]

Jrazz posted 8/28/2014 12:20 PM

Edited out of relief from gahurts edit.

[This message edited by Jrazz at 12:20 PM, August 28th (Thursday)]

gahurts posted 8/28/2014 12:28 PM

Jrazz posted 8/28/2014 12:36 PM

You're cool man. It's cool. I'm brain bleaching with puppy pictures and will be ok in a couple minutes.

devasted30 posted 8/28/2014 16:36 PM

Sometimes I feel like I live on a different planet than you guys!!!

Mama_of_3_Kids posted 8/28/2014 19:47 PM

Come to our planet--it's a great place, with Hello Kitty (the non-cat)

Deeply Scared posted 8/28/2014 22:34 PM

I was one of the millions today that looked like this:

But I'm over it and was all happy again drinking out of my Hello Kitty water glass today

Tred posted 8/28/2014 22:52 PM

That's the spirit DS!

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