Hello Kitty is not a cat statement 'going too far' — Sanrio spokesperson

Hello Kitty is not a cat, according to headlines of numerous websites and blogs. Hello Kitty is a cat, a Sanrio spokesperson clarified.

Hello Kitty
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The whole thing started after the Los Angeles Times published an article about an upcoming exhibit of Kitty art, merchandising and fashion at the Japanese American National Museum.

It quoted Christine Yano, an anthropologist from University of Hawaii who described Hello Kitty as a cat while preparing texts for the October event, as saying:

I was corrected — very firmly. 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."

Yano reportedly went on to say that "Hello Kitty is British" whose actual name is "Kitty White" and her parents are George and Mary, the article stated.

She added: "Hello Kitty has special significance to Asian Americans."

However, a Sanrio spokesperson apparently refuted claims that Hello Kitty is not a cat.

Kotaku, one of gaming's biggest websites, posted that they called the company's Tokyo headquarters on Thursday to ask whether or not Hello Kitty was indeed a cat.

The spokesperson explained:

Hello Kitty was done in the motif of a cat. It's going too far to say that Hello Kitty is not a cat. Hello Kitty is a personification of a cat."

Sanrio's spokesperson specifically used the Japanese word "gijinka," which means "anthropomorphization" or "personification," the report said.

When asked to clarify if it would be going too far to say that Hello Kitty was not a cat, the spokesperson reportedly replied:

Yes, that would be going too far."

It's really hard to believe that Hello Kitty is not a cat. Now that an official from Sanrio had spoken, the trending topic has been clarified.