Remember Garfield, the cartoon cat who loves lasagna? He recently caused quite the stir amongst the people of the internet over what his gender identity is.
No, I'm not kidding.
It all started when Twitter user Virgil Texas dug up an old interview Garfield creator Jim Davis did with Mental Floss back in 2015.
"Dealing with eating and sleeping, being a cat, Garfield is very universal. By virtue of being a cat, really, he’s not really male or female or any particular race or nationality, young or old," Davis said in the interview.
Because of this, Texas declared that Garfield being genderless was "canon" and announced that he had changed the character's Wikipedia page to reflect that.
This launched a furious behind-the-scenes discussion amongst Wikipedia users, with some citing specific moments in the Garfield comics and cartoon series that indicated the cat was of the male gender. (I highly suggest reading through some of the thread. It is truly incredible.)
After much back-and-forth, Garfield's gender was officially listed as male on Wikipedia, citing four comic strips. One of those cited was this comic strip from 1979 in which a vet tells Garfield's owner, Jon, "He's too fat."
PHEW. Glad we got THAT cleared up.
Unsurprisingly, Twitter weighed in on the ruling:
Yes, this is a real thing the internet was arguing about, but sadly, the debate is over—for now.
What other beloved characters from our childhood have questionable genders? LET'S START A NEW INTERNET WAR!