Hello Kitty…is not a cat.
Let me repeat: Hello “KITTY”, the cartoon-character with pointed ears, whiskers and a tiny nose…is not actually a cat.
…So this is a joke, right?
Unfortunately, no. The shocking revelation was revealed in a Los Angeles Times article. According to the report, U.S. anthropologist Christine Yano was preparing texts for an upcoming Hello Kitty retrospective, but was corrected “very firmly” when she referred to the character as a cat.
“That’s one correction Sanrio (the company behind Hello Kitty) 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 told The Times.
As further proof of her supposed human genetic composition, Sanrio cited that she’s never shown walking on all fours, she sits like a human and even has her own pet cat named “Charmmy Kitty.”
Well that explains everything!
In other related news: Remember the Berenstain Bears? Turns out they’re actually goats. Mickey Mouse? A giraffe.
As for Homer Simpson, he’s actually a carrot:
Needless to say, Hello Kitty fans have taken social media by storm.
Hello Kitty Now to Be Addressed as ‘Hello Whatever the Hell That Thing is.’
— Mark Campbell (@MrWordsWorth) August 28, 2014
Hello Kitty is a Giant Squid.
— emilynussbaum (@emilynussbaum) August 28, 2014
— Mr Owl (@MrOwl) August 28, 2014
Despite the stunning revelations, hopefully fans won’t be saying “bye bye” to Hello Kitty.