Date
16 August 2017
Hello Kitty has a full back story that confirms what she is, her name and nationality, according to a researcher. Photo: Sanrio
Hello Kitty has a full back story that confirms what she is, her name and nationality, according to a researcher. Photo: Sanrio

Hello Kitty isn’t what you think she is

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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