Ethical Issues

One of the Most Famous Cats is Not a Cat? Wait, What?

One-of-the-Most-Famous-Cats-is-Not-a-CatAlmost two years ago, the entire world got the shockingly, unbelievable news that Hello Kitty is not a cat. The curator of the Japanese American National Museum was quoted as saying “Hello Kitty is not a cat.” All hell breaks loose when the news got out. Some people thought that their childhood was a lie because they were led to believe that Hello Kitty is a cat.

Well, this is just a simple case of miscommunication. One person’s interpretation of what was said was spread like a gospel, and next thing you know, it engulfed the World Wide Web like fire. So what is the big deal with this Hello Kitty character? Why is it so important for the world to know its true identity? Why is Hello Kitty so famous?

Hello Kitty has been around for quite a while. As a matter of fact, it is older than most of its target market. It turned forty couple of years back. What started as a simple picture on a coin purse in Japan is now worth $7 billion per year. Its simple design is the catapult to its tremendous success over the years. However, it can also be said that it is one of the main reasons for its criticisms – a character with pointed ears, whiskers, but without a mouth. Very simple, yet very effective and striking that it made it so popular. Having no mouth and a pair of oval shaped eyes, Hello Kitty does not show much emotion or expression which has been the secret why it captured the hearts of the market both young and old. The marketing strategy is that Hello Kitty can be a companion or a friend to anyone simply because anybody can put whatever emotion they want onto her. Making her the ideal friend who would be there with you through whatever it is you are going through. The downside is that feminist groups believe that its mouthless design conveys a negative message that stereotype women as silent and powerless. Nevertheless, the makers of Hello Kitty are looking at it on a positive light which is what’s really important and which is why it lasted over four decades and counting. Not only did it survive four decades, it even expanded to the global market.

So the question remains, is Hello Kitty a cat? It is imperative that you know the true identity of the character if you are to consider it as your friend and companion. Here are some interesting facts. Hello Kitty’s real name is Kitty White, born in southern England on November 1, 1974 which makes her a Scorpio. According to Sanrio, Hello Kitty is blood type A. Her family consists of her twin sister named Minny White. They live with their parents George and Mary in an unnamed suburb of London. What makes it more interesting is that Hello Kitty has a pet cat of her own and it is called Charmmy Kitty.

However, Sanrio also released a statement that Hello Kitty is a personification of a cat. Other famous personified characters in the animation industry are Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Spongebob Squarepants, Chicken Little, and so much more. Even though these fictional characters are able to do what a normal person can do, we are all aware that Mickey is still a mouse, Spongebob is definitely a sponge, and Chicken Little is most certainly a chick. So, is it safe to assume that Hello Kitty is a kitten or a cat? You be the judge.

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