(Unfinished post about) Hello Kitty

IMG_6471Cleaning up my computer desktop, I found this fragment, written in autumn 2012. I am leaving it unfinished because time has passed, and I no longer have that authentic fire to finish it (=my daughter has moved on), but it still seems relevant.

Why I hate Hello Kitty

  1. She has no mouth. (A friend pointed this out to me. My friend was disturbed because her daughter was interested in Hello Kitty, but Hello Kitty was physically incapable to speak, eat, laugh, or sing. The idea came up to draw a mouth on Hello Kitty, but the challenge becomes how to reach every Hello Kitty in the world? It turns out that someone has written a poem about Hello Kitty’s lack of mouth. http://www.queeg.com/hellokitty/)
  2. Hello Kitty causes an otherwise pleasant four and three-quarters-year-old daughter of mine to whine, yell, and sob when I don’t cave in and buy an emblazoned purse at Target because she had already chosen her “impulse buy” (a pink scraper with a pig head on the handle!) at Bed Bath & Beyond. (And this from a child who can usually be re-directed away from whining for plastic crap.)
  3. It’s impossible to avoid the Hello Kitty aisle at Target: THAT CAT IS EVERYWHERE!
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2 responses to “(Unfinished post about) Hello Kitty

  1. I can relate to this post! I am also creeped out by the lack of a mouth for many of the reasons you list above. However, in 2011, I mistakenly brought some HK stickers to an 6 year old niece in Honduras. I was informed by my sister in law that those weren’t allowed in the home. Her evangelical church had told her HK was diabolic. Some urban legend about the lack of a mouth and pact with the devil. Juicy stuff. You can read it all here: http://www.scaryforkids.com/hello-kitty/

    • WOW! (I recall Hello Kitty trinkets from when I was a kid, very cute little notebook and pencil sets I got from the now-defunct store, Rike’s. They were special and small scale and adorable. Of course those HK things don’t annoy me like today’s ubiquitous ones, and back then I had no idea how sticky the image would be, having a child who was temporarily obsessed with them…but we never can know that sort of thing until we’re in it!)

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