The internet veritably exploded today with the news that Hello Kitty is not, in fact, a cat. Christine Yano, an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii, is currently curating an upcoming Hello Kitty retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum, and in her talks with Sanrio came to the conclusion that Miss Kitty is not, in fact a cat.
While everyone has been throwing their hands in the air, Brian Ashcroft over at Kotaku did a little more digging and came to the conclusion that she essentially exists in the realm of anthropomorphized animals along the lines of Mickey Mouse. To be honest, didn’t we kind of know that all ready?
It’s been amusing to watch all the hand-wringing (do a google search for the title of this piece and see how many French sources are covering it too.) It’s also been fun to see some of the funnier responses–the Peanuts twitter has officially confirmed that Snoopy is, in fact, a dog.
Anyway, this watercolor is a simple one based on an image that I’ve been seeing floating around. I couldn’t find the source, but if anyone has it, please let me know so I can credit it! What do you think of this story? Is she a cat? Is the internet silly? Feel free to let me know here or on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook!