None of which explains Goofy

Okay, I’m willing to accept Taylor Swift as an information-security specialist, but this is a bridge too far:

I (along with every other woman who was once in third grade in the early 1990’s) was shocked, absolutely SHOCKED to recently learn that Hello Kitty is not, in fact, actually a cat.

“Wait, WHAT?” you say. “But the ears … and the whiskers … and her last name is Kitty … wait, are you punking me, because if you’re not, wait WHAT?”

Well, actually, her last name is White. But still:

Christine R. Yano, an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii (who is curating an upcoming Hello Kitty retrospective for the Japanese American National Museum), told the L.A. Times that she had referred to Hello Kitty as a cat in her written text for the exhibition, and Sanrio was like “Actually … no.”

“I was corrected — very firmly,” Yano said. “That’s one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. 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.”

You have to figure that Sanrio would know these things, but I keep wondering what else they haven’t told us about Kitty, like that facial expression right out of Harlan Ellison.

I suppose I need to ask Twilight Sparkle if she is in fact a pony.



  1. canadienne »

    27 August 2014 · 10:43 pm

    Whoah, love the Harlan Ellison reference!

  2. canadienne »

    27 August 2014 · 10:53 pm

    Actually Harlan Ellison and Hello Kitty in the same post sort of hurts my head.

  3. CGHill »

    27 August 2014 · 11:10 pm

    Imagine, then, Janet Jackson and the War of Jenkins’ Ear. This is what I do best.

  4. Roger Green »

    28 August 2014 · 4:35 am

    This is the type of enlightenment I expect from this site. But what OF Goofy, and Pluto?

  5. fillyjonk »

    28 August 2014 · 7:09 am

    Hello Kitty is not a cat? But rather a little girl?

    I shall now commence sticking my fingers in my ears and going, “La, la, la, la”

    (Alternate comment: Lyra was not available for comment.)

  6. CGHill »

    28 August 2014 · 7:12 am

    Awful lot of whiskers for a young girl, if you ask me, but then nobody asked me.

  7. fillyjonk »

    28 August 2014 · 7:35 am

    Well, also, she seems to lack a mouth, which to me is more unsettling than the fact that she’s a cat that walks bipedally and wears clothes.

    (And I don’t care what that person says. She is a cat.)

  8. McGehee »

    28 August 2014 · 8:19 am

    Cat or not, she is the Living Embodiment of Evil.

  9. CGHill »

    28 August 2014 · 9:00 am

    Says old friend @OneFineJay: “Of course, Hello Kitty isn’t a cat. She’s Betty Boop after botox.”

    Also, the backlash has begun.

  10. Lynn »

    28 August 2014 · 9:18 am

    Screw that! Hello Kitty is as much a cat as Tom, Sylvester, and Garfield are cats. And that’s final. Because I said so.

  11. fillyjonk »

    28 August 2014 · 9:22 am

    Next thing, someone will be telling me Yogi Bear isn’t a bear, he was just an Occupy Protestor long before it was fashionable.

  12. CGHill »

    28 August 2014 · 11:50 am

    Whoever is doing Twitter for PEANUTS assures us that Snoopy is in fact a dog.

  13. canadienne »

    28 August 2014 · 12:56 pm

    I’m still stuck on Harlan Ellison in his prime doing a Hello Kitty story (cf. “A Boy and His Dog”) – pretty sure the Living Embodiment of Evil would be a feature.

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