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Is Garfield the cat male or female?

Debate prompts creator to clarify cat’s gender

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The Garfield the Cat helium balloon appears to be peering at a Chicago Transit Authority worker on the elevated tracks inside Chicago’s famed Loop during the Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2008.

Garf ield’s gender has become the subject of an internet debate.

The Washington Post reported Wikipedia locked changes on the animated cat’s page after the site’s volunteer editors battled over whether the animated cat is male or not.

The controversy bubbled up two years after Garfield creator Jim Davis told viral content site Mental Floss that as a cat, Garfield is “not really male or female.”

Davis sought to clear up the controversy this week, telling the Post that “Garfield is male” and has a girlfriend named Arlene. Davis’ spokeswoman told The Associated Press he also told the Post he likes animals because “they’re not perceived as being any particular gender, race, age or ethnicity” and said the “humor could be enjoyed by a broader demographic.”

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