Tag Archives: Hello Kitty

Catty, or not

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.”

hello kittyNow, I could point out the obvious flaws in their argument — six of them to be precise — those very un-little-girl-like whiskers that stick out of Hello Kitty’s face.

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?

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.

Meow.

 

 

On a roll

Happy International Sushi Day!

If you find sushi difficult to enjoy — because of that whole raw fish thing going on — perhaps these rolls will change your mind:

panda bear sushi
Panda bear sushi

the scream sushi
Artful sushi

hello kitty sushi
Hello Kitty sushi

I hope these examples did not make your aversion even worse…

Hot scare

The organizers of the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade certainly have a bug up their skirts.

They’re not angry; they literally have a bug in the parade lineup.

The new balloon is from the mind of the master of macabre himself, Tim Burton…so he’s no cute critter clutching a flower in his teeth.

The balloon’s name is B. Boy — or B. for short — and, according to Burton, was created from the used balloons leftover from children’s parties at a London hospital.  Patched together and covered with stitches, the design is classic Burton…which makes it definitely not classic Macy’s.

You don’t see the Hello Kitty balloon sporting any fangs on Turkey Day morning.  And while Snoopy’s flying ace getup might pass as a Halloween costume, I don’t think any children are frightened by his goggles or red cape.

But what of B.Boy?  Is his Frankenstein-like face too scary for Thanksgiving morning?

Not with those big, innocent eyes.

Man up, kiddies.  There’s a new bug in town.