Sanrio Stirs Up Controversy With Shocking My Melody Stunt

It wouldn’t be unfair to call Hello Kitty one of Japan’s most recognizable characters. The kawaii figure has fans all over the world and Sanrio has associated the kitten with all sorts of friends. In fact, mascots like My Melody have become huge hits in their own right, but now a recent stunt has the Hello Kitty fandom scratching their heads over the bunny.

As reported by Sora News 24, it all came to light thanks to My Melody’s mother. If you didn’t know, the character has a mother, and they were introduced in the 2000s through the My Melody anime. From now on, the fashion brand Its’Demo brings the mother back to life with clothes. The tracks will feature lyrics from My Melody’s mother, and well – some of them are downright awful.

You can read the full list of sayings below, but fans have already made it a priority to call the worst treats. While some are perfectly fine, others are criticized online for being misogynistic and even stereotypical, all things Hello Kitty wants to avoid.

For example, one of Sanrio’s slogans reads: “The enemy of women is always other women”, while others say: “The worse a man is, the more women cannot leave him alone”. There are others who then shame men by saying that any man who talks about his past has no hope for the future. Or if a boy says he will do something someday, a different slogan tells women that the goal will never be achieved.

Obviously, this kind of advice is pretty harmful, and fans in Japan and the United States are pushing the line. My Melody doesn’t seem like the kind of mascot that would approve of these ideas, so fans are making their voices heard. So if all goes well, maybe those controversial slogans will be taken off the line entirely.

Complete list of slogans from the My Melody collection:

  1. “Having a man who mopes after one or two failures will leave you with a lifetime of regret.”
  2. “When a boy talks to you about other girls, it’s just his clumsy way of getting you to pay attention to him.”
  3. “The enemy of women is always other women.”
  4. “People always have things to complain about about other people’s relationships.”
  5. “The more a man talks about the past, the less hope he has for the future.”
  6. “The best bandage for a broken heart is to find new love.”
  7. “The worse a man is, the more women can’t leave him alone.”
  8. “Those who are not in a relationship always worry the most about other people’s relationships.”
  9. “A woman’s heart is more fickle than the autumn sky.”
  10. “Never believe a boy when he says ‘I’m going to do this someday’, because he won’t.”
  11. “Nothing affects a man more than when his pride takes a hit.”

“If you’re testing someone new, meet them at lunch, never at dinner. What do you think of this strange Sanrio controversy? Which of Hello Kitty’s friends is your favorite? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB.

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