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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

October 17th, 2011 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

Wonder what Yoko thinks of Herman Cain‘s pizza version of “Imagine.” Yup, you heard us. A pizza version of “Imagine.” [Daily Intel]

Gautam Raghavan is the new LGBT liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement. []

The Society of Professional Journalists urge newsrooms to stop using the terms “illegal alien” and “illegal immigrant”.[]

Amit Gupta of Photojojo has acute leukemia. Everybody, especially South Asians, please get tested to see if you’re a bone marrow match! [Laughing Squid]

Actor Harry Shum, Jr. wrote a tender blog tribute about the time he met Steve Jobs after the Apple pioneer passed away last week. []

Meanwhile, Sanrio came up with a Steve Jobs version of Hello Kitty. What? [Crunchyroll]

Super cool or super crazy? This dude in the Philippines totally got a bunch of plastic surgery so he’d look like Superman. [The Well Versed]

“She ran up the wall and made it look easy.” Internet, meet your new wall-climbing champion. [The Daily Mail]

Our friend Karen Tongson wrote a book! It’s called Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (Sexual Cultures) and you can buy it on Amazon. [NYU Press]

William and Kate who?! JIGME + JETSUN 4-EVA! Congratulations to King Jigme of the Kingdom of Bhutan and his lovely bride. [Life]

Urban Outfitters selling “Navajo panties” is not only tasteless and offensive, it may also be illegal. [Racialicious]

Oh my! Star Trek alum and one of our favorite gaysians George Takei is going to be a contestant on the next season of Celebrity Apprentice. [The Advocate]

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

September 27th, 2011 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

Forever 21 bounces back from that “Allergic to Algebra” misstep by debuting a darling collaboration with Hello Kitty! The super-cute collection goes on sale November 18. [Racked]

Alexa Chung dishes with Refinery 29 on being a style icon and, in her words, “a cookie-cutter hipster.” [Refinery 29]

NYC is sweet on Mindy Kaling. This week both The New Yorker and New York Times Magazine showed love for her new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). [New Yorker, NYTM]

Beware, female travelers to South Korea! Studies show that lady passengers are subjected to full body scans in numbers much greater than male travelers at several South Korean airports. [Korea Times]

A recent Philippines Airlines flight to the US found itself with an extra passenger on board when a pregnant flyer gave birth. The new mother, a Philippine citizen, had her baby while the plane was over international waters. No word yet on the baby’s nationality. [Jaunted]

Before Feng Luoyu was a Brooklyn manicurist, she was the “Most Hated Woman in China.” [NYM]

The College Republican “pay-by-race” bake sale at UC Berkeley sounds unappetizing. Not to mention racist. [CNN]

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

November 3rd, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by jasmine

KoreAm lists DISGRASIAN as one of the top 10 Asian American blogs in their November 2010 issue. YAYSIAN! [KoreAm]

Janice Min is the new editor of the Hollywood Reporter, and the cover of her first issue features a bevy of Oscar-worthy actresses. But, um, could somebody introduce Janice to some women of color? That cover’s as white as the Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair! [The Feed - Thanks, Erica!]

George Takei knows the word “douchebag”, and he knows how to use it when ripping Arkansas school board member and homophobe Clint McCance a new one. [YouTube]

The DISGRASIANtern wants some Hello Kitty Reeboks for DISGRASIANmas, please. [BuzzFeed]

If you don’t like calling Kim Jong-il “Dear Leader,” how about using one of his many nicknames like “Sun of Communist Future” or, um, “Glorious General, Who Descended From Heaven”? Wikipedia has a full list of his titles. [Wikpedia via]


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ROCK OF ASIAN: X Japan And The Pursuit Of World Dominasian

July 28th, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Diana

Yoshiki at an X Japan performance in 2009

The LA Times just published a lengthy profile about X Japan, a wildly successful J-rock metal band led by charismatic pianist-drummer Yoshiki (pictured above), that will attempt the leap from Japanese superstardom to American mainstream when they join the Lollapalooza tour this summer.

Why I know I already ♥ X Japan:

  • The band flanks a HEAVY METAL PIANIST-DRUMMER.
  • Hello Kitty produced a likeness of said heavy metal pianist-drummer, the only so far created for a human being. (Ed. note—Hi Sanrio! Jen and I are tooooootally open to having Kitty versions of ourselves!)
  • Yoshiki is apparently Bono-esque, and X Japan aspires to be Metallica-esque, yet they’re probably–most accurately–KISS-esque.
  • The early X Japan aesthetic appears to be a hybrid of early Mötley Crüe and Poison, but with almond eyes, so they look like the rockstars I wanted to be when I was a kid.
  • Every time I hear the words, “Arena Rock,” my personal areas get warm.
  • LAT refers to Yoshiki as a “fevered multitasker and established brand unto himself in Asia,” which means he is a) totally Asian and b) pretty AMAZIAN!
  • We need somebody to freak out over other than Rain.

Read the whole X Japan LAT feature here. Check out the Lollapalooza lineup here.

[LAT: America, Meet Yoshiki]

Thanks, Tina!

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Hello Kitty? More Like Hello Cougar

May 17th, 2010 | 6 comments | Posted by Jen

According to the NY Times, Hello Kitty is, at age 36, over-the-hill.

Hello Kitty Tombstone: Is an over-35 Hello Kitty as good as dead?

Back in 2002, when Kitty was pushing 30, she lost her spot as Japan’s top-grossing character and, in the words of the Times story, “has never recovered.” Apparently the world of cartoon characters is as ageist as Hollywood, governed by an “out with the old, in with the new” mentality:

Sanrio has tried to keep Hello Kitty up to the times: sensing a move away from Japan’s love affair with the cute, or “kawaii” aesthetic, it has pushed an edgier look for the cat in the last three years, using as much black as pink.

Still, a sense of crisis is evident at the Tokyo offices of Sanrio, where 30 designers, led by Ms. Yamaguchi, are charged with developing new characters. At periodic product meetings, each designer presents as many as 20 characters for consideration by Ms. Yamaguchi.

So what’s a girl over 35 like Hello Kitty to do?

Continue reading Hello Kitty? More Like Hello Cougar

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I Have A Dream For Tila Tequila

February 23rd, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Diana

…that one day, diarrhea of the mouth will cease to ail her, her internal fictions will subside…

…and that she will be immortalized in the flesh:

Tila has never looked cuter!

Only then will she truly be at peace.

[Carlton Jordan: Tila Tequila Australian Interview - "Don't Disrespect The Ambassador!"]
[Tat via Neatorama]
Thanks, Jasmine!

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Hello Kitty Turns 35

November 2nd, 2009 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

hello kitty coin purseThe very first Hello Kitty merch, Coin Purse, 1974

Name: Hello Kitty (née Kitty White)

Born: November 1, 1974

Occupation: Icon

Known for: Presiding over a $5 billion dollar empire, pioneering kawaii style, having no mouth, that fucking red bow, serving as Japan’s tourism ambassador, being everyone’s favorite pussy–from children to club kids to celebrities to haters–and decorating everything from guns to bongs to maxi pads to vibrators.

What explains Hello Kitty’s enduring popularity?

Continue reading AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Hello Kitty Turns 35

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Taking The "Man" Out Of "Man-Briefs"

October 15th, 2009 | 1 comment | Posted by Jen

Y’all, listen. I have a very serious question to ask you.

Would you fuck a man who was wearing these drawers?

Just checkin’.


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Anna Paquin, You Are a Better Woman Than I

August 17th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

First, Just Jared posts pictures of you on a bright summer jaunt, wheeling around like a cute little farm girl on this bitchin’ Hello Kitty beach cruiser…

Hello Anna

…and then it occurs to me that you’re actually hanging out on bikes with your fiancé Stephen Moyer’s hot ex, Lorien Haynes, accompanied by their daughter. You seem as comfortable with this woman’s past and mile-long legs as you are with Bryan Singer or that quirky little gap between your front teeth! It’s freakin’ amazing!

Lady, this is a display of maturity, coolness and personal security that I could never in my wildest dreams duplicate, ashamed as I am to admit it. Hell fucking no way I could do such a thing. Helllllll. Fuuuucking. Noooooooo. Waaaaaaaayyyy.

[via Just Jared]


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Swine Flu: A Great Excuse for Cuteness

June 11th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

The World Health Organization’s fearless leader, Margaret Chan (who, incidentally, I’m totally fascinated by) just announced that it has raised the alert level of swine flu to Phase 6–making it the first influenza pandemic of the 21st century.

Now before y’all get your antibacterial panties in a bunch, let’s talk about what this alert means. Phase 6 refers to the geographic spread of the flu, not the severity of the ailment. So although it may be reaching out across territories, you’re overall more likely to get killed by a car accident or the regular flu (Hmm. It’s never comforting for someone to say “you’re more likely to get killed…” is it?).

Chan says, “We have good reason to believe that this pandemic will be of moderate severity, and we know from experience that severity can vary on many factors from one country to another.”

So let’s try to relax. And think about more important things.

Like… how now seems to be a perfect time to break out the HELLO KITTY FACE MASKS!!!

Avoiding swine flu, the cute way!

[The Washington Post: WHO Raises Swine Flu Threat Level to Highest Level]


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Hello Kitty²

February 4th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Okay, yes, I know this is adorable. But isn’t something about this kind of wrong and redundant? Like my pup dressing up as dog? Or me dressing up as an Asian girl?

Either way, the inner feline seems none too thrilled about saying “Hello.”

Thanks, jRu!

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Hello Grody

May 19th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Japan has named Hello Kitty a goodwill tourism ambassador in hopes that “tapping into that fan base will lead to a bigger flow of tourists into Japan.”

Really, Japan? You sure about that?


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