MANILA - The online world was abuzz after news broke that Hello Kitty, the beloved children's character, was not a cat, but a British school girl named Kitty White.
In an interview with LA Times, anthropologist Christine R. Yano admitted that she was corrected "very firmly" by Sanrio when she referred to the character as a cat during her preparation for the upcoming Hello Kitty exhibit in Los Angeles.
Yano, who is the author of "Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek Across the Pacific," has spent years studying the phenomenon that is Hello Kitty, according to the report.
"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 was quoted in saying.
The scholar went on to reveal that Hello Kitty has a twin sister, a Scorpio, loves apple pie, and the daughter of a certain George and Mary White.
Shortly after the article was posted, netizens took to Twitter in droves to air their reaction to the revelation.
It quickly launched the iconic character's name to among the top trending topics on the microblogging site.
Sanrio took to social media to clarify things, posting a bio of Hello Kitty that read: "As tall as five apples, and as heavy as three, Hello Kitty is a bright little girl with a heart of gold."
"She loves to bake cookies and play the piano, and dreams of one day becoming a pianist or maybe even a poet. She has a gift for music and English, and a soft spot for Mama's apple pie. Hello Kitty and her twin sister Mimmy are the best of friends." the post continued.