Watch out Kermit, you might be outed as someone else.
They just did that to Hello Kitty.
The cultural icon, who began life as a character on a coin purse in Japan in 1974, has been embraced by countless young people — and a lot of their elders — as an adorable feline by virtue of her facial features, even though she is always depicted with arms and legs.
A whole generation of fans grew up thinking that — until an anthropologist and researcher gave them the shock of their lives.
Christine R. Yano, a researcher from the University of Hawaii and a visiting Harvard professor lists two things Hello Kitty is not:
1) She is not a cat.
2) She is not Japanese or Asian.
In Fact, Hello Kitty is, gasp, a girl and her name is Kitty White and she is British.
If that’s too much cultural reengineering, wait till they reveal that Kermit is not a frog.
Watch this space.
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