Unless you have been avoiding social media, you have no doubt heard the shocking revelation from Sanrio that Hello Kitty is, in fact not a kitty:
“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.”
How many little girl characters sport whiskers? If they have a hormonal imbalance, maybe…but that’s not the stuff of your typical cutesy cartoon world.
But instead, let’s focus on the bigger question —
Why pick now to drop this bomb? It has been 40 years since this very pink, very catty property was introduced — why pick now to draw this line in the litter box?
If this distinction mattered that much to Sanrio and to its legion of crazy cat lasses and ladies, they should have made it abundantly clear four decades ago.