There's been a to-do over whether Hello Kitty is a cat or a human, a massive uproar of tweets and retweets:
- "Hello Kitty is not a cat, plus more reveals before her L.A. tour" (LA Times, 8/26/14, where the story first broke)
- "Newsflash: Hello Kitty has never been a cat" (Washington Post, 8/28/14)
- "Hello Kitty fans tweet shock after hearing she's not a cat" (Today [NBC], 8/28/14)
Some folks believe that the confusion over whether Hello Kitty is a feline or a human may be based on the misapplication or mistranslation of the term gijinka 擬人化. See "Hello Kitty isn’t a cat!? We called Sanrio to find out!" (Rocket News 24, 8/28/14).