Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Hello Kitty Monstrosity of the Day: the Hello Kitty Hospital

Yes, today's total Kitty Katastrophe comes from Taiwan. I'm so embarrassed!

Here is the twisted tale: the Kitty-themed area is the maternity ward. Some Einstein thinks that ladies in labor pains will find the Kitty images calming in some way. If I were there and in that delicate condition, the feline faces would probably send me into a killing rage while shrieking, "Let me out, let me out -- I'd rather have my baby in the parking lot!!"

Blurb from the news story:

The 30-bed Hau Sheng Hospital in Yuanlin in central Taiwan is reportedly the world's first Hello Kitty themed medical establishment.

From blankets and birth certificates to cots and uniforms worn by staff, every aspect of the Hello Kitty hospital is emblazoned with the feline motif.

Patients are welcomed by a statue of Hello Kitty dressed in a doctor's uniform, before travelling in a Hello Kitty elevator to a pink examination room with Hello Kitty posters on the wall.

The hospital's director Tsai Tsung-chi opened the £2m (T$100m) hospital in his hometown after obtaining authorisation from the fictitious cat's Japanese parent company Sanrio Co Ltd.

Describing the objectives of the hospital, he said: "I wish that everyone who comes here, mothers who suffer while giving birth and children who suffer from an illness, can get medical care while seeing these kitties and bring a smile to their faces, helping forget about discomfort and recover faster."

Sheer madness.

Medical malpractice.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello Kitty on birth certificates? Is that like the Mark of the Beast?