Hello Kitty’s creator recently announced that her creation was not a cat, but a little girl instead. Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? I have a theory about the whole situation. Buckle your seat belts if you haven’t because the truth hurts and nobody deserves the pain that comes with a facepalm.
I was never a fan of Hello Kitty, but I saw much of the merchandise growing up – from little girls wearing the simple design on their shirts to stuffed plushies sitting on toy store shelves. Hello Kitty is a worldwide design and brand, and can be spotted from a mile away.
Just the mere thought of Hello Kitty not being a cat is staggering… and not in a good way. You’re talking about decades upon decades of people who grew up with the beloved character, thinking she was a cat because, you know, she looks like a cat.
Look at the design. In what universe does that even remotely look like a little girl instead of a cat? Whiskers. Pointed ears atop her head. The cute little feline nose. Everything about it screams “Hey look at me, I’m an adorable kitty. Wanna pet me while I purr and roll on my back?”
And another thing: Why would Hello Kitty’s creator just come out and say she’s not a cat?
My theory – publicity.
Companies exist to make money. Sure, some want to benefit our needs and make us happy, but the point is to make money. You can’t make money if you’re irrelevant. I don’t know what’s been going on with the Hello Kitty brand recently, but this may be the most ground breaking news about the brand in recent years. So with that being said, how about this:
What if Hello Kitty really is and has always been a cat? What if the creator decided to make that controversial statement in order to boost publicity and thus – sales. Controversy makes people talk. People talking makes publicity. Publicity makes sales. Sales make money. Cha-ching!
But hey, it’s just a theory, and I could be wrong. What do you think about this whole thing? Do you think Hello Kitty is genuinely a little girl, or is this just a publicity stunt by the brand to increase sales? Please leave a comment below.