Dear, dear me. A controversial TV host has called our iconic cat UGLY.
Newshub reports that Mark Richardson, a jovial and entertaining sports commentator, made the slanderous comment when he visited the Mittens exhibit at the Wellington Museum.
As thousands of followers know, Mittens the Turkish angora cat has long been a symbol of Wellington city, where he wanders freely, visiting churches, strip clubs, bars, offices, theatres, universities, and people's apartments. He's been given the keys to the city, and now he even has his own art exhibition documenting his various exploits.
So it was a bit of a shock when Richardson visited the exhibit, and gave his honest (?) opinion that Mittens is a "particularly ugly cat."
Well, that's a fine way to bring on the wrath of an entire capital city.
His co-commentators were shocked. The AM Show reporter Ashleigh McCaull was quick to rebut the claim, saying it was time the show did a poll for people to vote on who was cuter - Mittens or Mark Richardson.
You can vote on the Newshub website if you feel the urge.
Suffice it to say that 92% of the current responders think that Mittens is a lot cuter than Mark Richardson.
Comments on Mitten's almost 50,000-member strong Facebook page were furious at Richardson's opinion, calling for a public apology.