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HelloKitty

…or in English, “This is not a cat.”

A Hello Kitty retrospective opens this fall, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Anthropologist Christine Yano, who wrote “Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific,” is curating the exhibit.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “When Yano was preparing her written texts for the exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, she says she described Hello Kitty as a cat. ‘I was corrected — very firmly,’ she says. ‘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.’ ”

 

Does this mean the Hello Kitty featured on a plethora of stuffed animals, fancy stickers, perky toasters, glittery purses and pink guitars is just a cartoon character? Oh my. Who will break the news to 29-year-old Natasha Goldsworth, of England? She has collected over 10,000 Hello Kitty items. Check out this video, and you will hear her say quite clearly, “I love that cat.”

 

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