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Hello Kitty products target young males
AP ^ | 12/28/07 | YURI KAGEYAMA

Posted on 12/31/2007 10:18:09 AM PST by Rastus

Cute-cat products for men will include watches, T-shirts, bags

TOKYO - Hello Kitty is no sexist.

The cute cuddly white cat from Japan’s Sanrio Co., usually seen on toys and jewelry for girls and young women, will soon don T-shirts, bags, watches and other products targeting young men, company spokesman Kazuo Tohmatsu said Friday.

“We think Hello Kitty is accepted by young men as a design statement in fashion,” he said.

The feline for-men products will go on sale in Japan next month, and will be sold soon in the U.S. and other Asian nations, according to Sanrio.

The usual bubble-headed shape of Hello Kitty was slightly changed for a more rugged, cool look to appeal to men in their teens and early 20s.

For example, a picture of the cat on a $36 black T-shirt has the words, “hello kitty,” instead of the usual dots for the eyes and nose.

Hello Kitty is one of mascot-obsessed Japan’s biggest “character” hits, decorating everything from a humble eraser to a $48,000 diamond necklace.

The planned products mark the first time Sanrio is developing Hello Kitty items especially for males, Tohmatsu said.

But Sanrio had tried a “limited edition” collaboration in men’s clothing with designers in Tokyo’s chic Harajuku section earlier this year, and they proved popular, he said.

“Young men these days grew up with character goods,” said Tohmatsu. “That generation feels no embarrassment about wearing Hello Kitty.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: hellokitty; johnedwards
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1 posted on 12/31/2007 10:18:11 AM PST by Rastus
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2 posted on 12/31/2007 10:18:44 AM PST by Rastus
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To: Rastus

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1946020/posts


3 posted on 12/31/2007 10:19:40 AM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Rastus

And who did this “Hello Kitty” item appeal to?

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/02/fashion/02kitty.html


4 posted on 12/31/2007 10:19:56 AM PST by ConservativeMind
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5 posted on 12/31/2007 10:20:32 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Rastus

Sell your stock in Hello Kitty.


6 posted on 12/31/2007 10:21:32 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Grizzled Bear

I thought you were going to say this was a repost, but I’m still a little disturbed that my “Hello Kitty” search didn’t come up with anything. That’s hilarious, though.


7 posted on 12/31/2007 10:22:45 AM PST by Rastus
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To: Grizzled Bear

Ahh, because that story was just posted as well.


8 posted on 12/31/2007 10:23:26 AM PST by Rastus
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To: Rastus
For example, a picture of the cat on a $36 black T-shirt has the words, “hello kitty,”

I think there is a mistranslation.

9 posted on 12/31/2007 10:23:56 AM PST by Tribune7 (Dems want to rob from the poor to give to the rich)
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To: Rastus

The guy who wears “Hello Kitty” probably won’t get the other kind of kitty.


10 posted on 12/31/2007 10:24:26 AM PST by Perdogg (Fred Thompson for President)
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To: Grizzled Bear
Pink? My daughter would love it.

And a nice step up from the Savage Mark II she plinks with now. Maybe for her 10th Birthday........

11 posted on 12/31/2007 10:25:36 AM PST by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: Rastus

Are you sure that the word “gay” wasn’t in the original headline?


12 posted on 12/31/2007 10:25:37 AM PST by Skip Ripley
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13 posted on 12/31/2007 10:32:11 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Rastus

A change of name to the other word for “kitty” might do the trick.


14 posted on 12/31/2007 10:36:08 AM PST by x
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15 posted on 12/31/2007 10:36:39 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Rastus

http://www.crunchgear.com/2007/10/19/hello-kitty-ak-47/

The Hello Kitty AK47


16 posted on 12/31/2007 10:37:24 AM PST by sportutegrl
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To: Rastus
We think Hello Kitty is accepted by young men as a design statement in fashion.

Not straight ones, anyway.
17 posted on 12/31/2007 10:37:48 AM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: Perdogg

Not “Hello Kitty”, but there is a certain type of male that might be attractive to “Hello....” hmmm, I better not say it;-)


18 posted on 12/31/2007 10:39:19 AM PST by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: dead

There are ways to make Hello Kitty appeal to young boys. How about Star Wars Kitty:



Or my favorite, Goodbye Kitty:



19 posted on 12/31/2007 10:39:19 AM PST by mnehring (Ron Paul- Politically the bastard love child of David Duke and Cindy Sheehan)
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To: Rastus
Mashimaro is ten times cooler.


20 posted on 12/31/2007 10:41:29 AM PST by SoldierMedic (Rowan Walter, 23 Feb 2007 Ramadi)
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To: Rastus; G8 Diplomat

I can’t imagine any straight male, nor even a metrosexual, wearing stuff like that.

Then again, I could contribute $5 towards a fund to send a whole bunch of these to Ahmadnutjob as a “gift” from the American people.

Alright Photoshop experts (hello G8) -— care to put Ahmadnutjob into one of these t-shirts? LOL


21 posted on 12/31/2007 10:45:00 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Tim 1:4; Gal 1:6-10; 1Cor 2:2; Matthew 22:30; Mark 12:25; Luke 20:34-35; 2Thess 2:11; Jude 1:3)
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To: Rastus
Image hosted by Photobucket.com ya gotta be kiddin me...
22 posted on 12/31/2007 10:48:45 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: F15Eagle

Alright Photoshop experts (hello G8) -— care to put Ahmadnutjob into one of these t-shirts? LOL

LOL! I'll get right to it!

23 posted on 12/31/2007 10:57:27 AM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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To: mnehrling
Here we have a selection of "Kalashnikitty" in either "Compassionate Conservative Blue" or "Be really, really nice to her Pink"...


24 posted on 12/31/2007 11:04:36 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Rastus

I believe that I read somewhere that the graphic design of the ‘kitty’ appeals to Asian women because it has no mouth, and therefore, no voice (just like females in a patriarchal society). This might be sociological mumbo-jumbo, but it seemed interesting at the time.


25 posted on 12/31/2007 11:05:43 AM PST by dr.zaeus
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To: mnehrling

National Lampoon once had a cartoon with this symbol—
and a Hitler moustache. It said “Heil Kitty”


26 posted on 12/31/2007 11:07:03 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Rastus

27 posted on 12/31/2007 11:10:54 AM PST by Spirochete
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To: dead

LOL! Good one. :)


28 posted on 12/31/2007 11:12:35 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: dead

Hello Kitty AR-15 thread (Yes, it shoots)

29 posted on 12/31/2007 11:15:12 AM PST by PapaBear3625
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To: mnehrling
How about this?

30 posted on 12/31/2007 11:16:35 AM PST by Hyzenthlay (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: PapaBear3625

Mattel used to make the stock for M-16’s.


31 posted on 12/31/2007 11:18:26 AM PST by bannie
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To: F15Eagle


The shirt on the right says "Hello Kitty" in Farsi (according to my translator)
32 posted on 12/31/2007 11:21:10 AM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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Never wear clothing with logos. Something bad could happen at any time and all the witnesses will remember is the guy with the logo.


33 posted on 12/31/2007 11:26:10 AM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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For some reason, I never liked writing on my shirt.


34 posted on 12/31/2007 11:34:02 AM PST by Rastus
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To: G8 Diplomat
Nice! Wonder if you could cut out the logo and put it on his shirt (might be tough to get inside the jacket). OR replace the whole jacket with a black shirt and drop the image in the center.


35 posted on 12/31/2007 11:37:09 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Tim 1:4; Gal 1:6-10; 1Cor 2:2; Matthew 22:30; Mark 12:25; Luke 20:34-35; 2Thess 2:11; Jude 1:3)
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36 posted on 12/31/2007 11:50:09 AM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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To: G8 Diplomat; Alouette; Salem

Oh yeah! Perfect! Hopefully this one gets around the internet a bit, LOL


37 posted on 12/31/2007 11:56:01 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Tim 1:4; Gal 1:6-10; 1Cor 2:2; Matthew 22:30; Mark 12:25; Luke 20:34-35; 2Thess 2:11; Jude 1:3)
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To: Rastus

http://www.gikku.com/?p=26


38 posted on 12/31/2007 12:02:24 PM PST by Cheburashka (Liberals never think what they have done is wrong, they think they haven't done it enough yet.)
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To: Perdogg
The guy who wears “Hello Kitty” probably won’t get the other kind of kitty.

And probably isn’t interested in the other kind of kitty anyway.
39 posted on 12/31/2007 12:06:05 PM PST by Cheburashka (Liberals never think what they have done is wrong, they think they haven't done it enough yet.)
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To: Rastus
“We think Hello Kitty is accepted by young men as a design statement in fashion,” he said.

LOL - great moments in market analysis. This guy is going to be unemployed very soon.
40 posted on 12/31/2007 12:16:37 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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41 posted on 12/31/2007 12:33:28 PM PST by Dr.Deth
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To: raccoonradio
National Lampoon once had a cartoon with this symbol— and a Hitler moustache. It said “Heil Kitty”

This one?


42 posted on 12/31/2007 12:36:32 PM PST by Dr.Deth
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To: Rastus
Hello Kitty products target young males

Specifically the gay/metrosexual ones.

43 posted on 12/31/2007 12:39:16 PM PST by wbill
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To: Hyzenthlay

LOL!


44 posted on 12/31/2007 12:45:50 PM PST by null and void (Don't taunt the tiger...)
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To: F15Eagle; Alouette
"The usual bubble-headed shape of Hello Kitty was slightly changed for a more rugged, cool look to appeal to men in their teens and early 20s."

Whoever came up with this ad campaign just needs to be slapped.

45 posted on 12/31/2007 5:13:53 PM PST by Salem (What can men do against such reckless hate? ... Ride out with me. Ride out and meet them!)
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To: SoldierMedic
Rayman is considered more "boylike", but you have

to admit that HELLO KITTY is cuter than cute.

The marketing firm once contracted with a Chinese

company to produce "personal vibrators" with the

HELLO KITTY logo.  They still sell on the internet

at a substantial "collector's item" markup

                  ~ and there are fakes!


46 posted on 01/01/2008 5:45:59 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: F15Eagle
YOu wanna' pick up chicks, and I don't mean the little girls who want this stuff, but their mothers, just stick a set of San Rio stickers on the inside of your car windows.

Once when the kids were small they did that, and when I drove to work the gals were down there tryng to peel them off through the glass.

47 posted on 01/01/2008 5:47:41 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Dr.Deth

that was it..


48 posted on 01/01/2008 12:11:44 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Salem; F15Eagle; Alouette
"Whoever came up with this ad campaign just needs to be slapped."

Better yet, just send this guy after him/her!


49 posted on 01/02/2008 12:17:22 PM PST by Convert from ECUSA (A voter wavering between wanting radical change and burning the damn place down)
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To: Convert from ECUSA

Happy Bunny pwns Hello Kitty.

50 posted on 01/02/2008 12:24:43 PM PST by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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