The world seemed to turn upside down the other day when Sanrio officially stated that Hello Kitty is NOT a cat. She simply is a schoolgirl that lives in London and owns a cat named Charmmy Kitty. Everyone felt lied to, upset, confused, and mostly annoyed.
“Why do they drop this news on us now?
Why is this news and why destroy my childhood/imagination?!
If I were younger and read this news, I would be confused because she looks like a cat with those whiskers and cat-shaped ears. Her own name has “kitty” in it. But you’re telling me she’s not a cat? Yup. She’s simply a cartoon character that looks like a cat but isn’t.
Luckily, I heard this news as 30-year-old still in love with all things Hello Kitty. I can’t imagine how confusing this news would be to tell your child, when your child clearly knows what a kitty looks like.
I remembered I watched a cartoon video of her adventures when I was in 6th grade. I have never seen her in any movies or video games before, so it shocked me to see her in a video. It surprised me when I saw that she stands like a human, speaks (I thought that was more confusing…I thought she didn’t have a mouth because love and friendship need no words, but nevermind that) and didn’t do any cat-specific behaviors like my cat in real life has.She didn’t clean herself by licking her paws, or roll around purring, or even “meows.”
That was when I realized that she is a cartoon character from Sanrio, and just like any character, it was simply the way she was created by cartoonists. She looks like a cat, but she has typical human adventures with her many friends and family.
So, when the other day when I saw that Hello Kitty was trending, I wasn’t surprised because well, she’s amazing. I still checked to see what the fuss was all about (a Hello Kitty-themed amusement park in the U.S.??!!) no, it was the shocking news that she is not a cat.
I can understand if Pusheen the Cat was announced to not be a cat. Because Pusheen is seen doing cat things such as:
I received a lot of messages from people who know I love Hello Kitty. They wanted to know my reaction, if I was mad or in disbelief, and if I needed a shoulder to cry on. Don’t worry, everyone! I’m A-OK!
Hello Kitty is my favorite character, not only because she looks like a cat, but that she has always made me smile and is the epitome of girly girlyness. She will always be my favorite and I will always love her.
What was your reaction when you heard this news? Did you think of me at all? Hehe! I’d love to know!
I hope you are having a fabulous Labor Day Weekend!!