Katy Perry Saves Our Childhood Dreams: ‘It’s Okay Hello Kitty Fans, Kitty Is A Purry Cat

We don’t know about you but we were absolutely crushed to hear that Hello Kitty isn’t a cat. It’s like hearing Santa isn’t real for the first time and that the Tooth Fairy is nothing more than your parents putting 10p underneath your pillow. Cheap skates!

Well Katy Perry isn’t going to accept Sanrio’s revelations that Hello Kitty isn’t of the feline kind and that her first name isn’t “Hello!” assuring fans of the animation by tweeting: “It’s okay Hello Kitty Fans, Kitty Is A Purry Cat”. But in cap locks, which as we all know means it must be true.

Katy, who is famously one of the cartoon’s biggest fans even naming her 2009 tour after the Japanese anime, was responding to yesterday’s revealtions that we’ve all got Hello Kitty completely wrong.

The smile-less cartoon character, who was developed by the company in 1974, is about to celebrate her 40th birthday. Christine R. Yano, an anthropologist who wrote the 2013 book Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific, recently revealed to the Los Angeles Times what species Hello Kitty really is.

Katy Perry assures fans Hello Kitty is a cat (Bridow/WENN)

Yano, who is the curator of a Hello Kitty retrospective set to open in November at LA’s Japanese American National Museum , said that Sanriowas quick to correct her when she called Hello Kitty a cat. “I was corrected — very firmly,” Yano told the newspaper. “That’s one correction Sanrio made… 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.”

The little girl, who for some reason has cat ears and whiskers, is actually named Kitty White and is a third-grader in London. “A lot of people don’t know the story and a lot don’t care ,” Yano said.

“But it’s interesting because Hello Kitty emerged in the 1970s, when the Japanese and Japanese women were into Britain. They loved the idea of Britain. It represented the quintessential idealized childhood, almost like a white picket fence. So the biography was created exactly for the tastes of that time.”

Hello Kitty isn’t actually a cat (WENN)

Hello Kitty…er, Kitty White, first made her debut in Japan and was later brought to the United States. She has remained a cultural icon since then, appearing on everything from clothing to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade floats.

She has become so popular, in fact, that the first ever Hello Kitty Con will take place in Los Angeles in October. Yano said that it’s the character’s expressionless face that makes her appealing.

“Hello Kitty works and is successful partly because of the blankness of her design,” she said. “That blankness gives her an appeal to so many types of people.”