For over two years now, a couple of cats have been repeatedly trying to enter an art museum in Japan—and now they’re internet celebrities.
The Onomichi City Museum of Art, located in Hiroshima, Japan has been refusing entry to a pair of cats—a black one and a ginger—since as early as June 2016.
Now the duo is internet famous with various news outlets writing about them and people posting videos of their failed attempts online.
In this video posted on Twitter—which has received over 48,000 retweets and 131,000 likes—the museum security guard continually blocks them, affectionately petting their heads in the process.
Be sure to watch the video until the end to see one of them actually make it in:
— Rajiv (@jiffington) November 13, 2018
Twitter users clamored for them to be let in:
Let them in for a tour.😁
— ItsMe (@TheKagneiKing) November 14, 2018
Why can't they go in?! I'll pay for their admission!
— Haunted Raccoon (@BarbiturateCat) November 14, 2018
Let them in. We don’t know what is drawing them to try and enter the https://t.co/ijgrHgI2WI may be something karmic in this or their past life which needs to be addressed by them
— Vanita's Rehab (@IncontinenceTX) November 14, 2018
No Harm…No Foul let em in
— jima. (@ta_cuda) November 14, 2018
Omg they just want culture someone let them in!
— SeeNaziPunchNazi (@Vicious_pen) November 14, 2018
Commenters supplied arguments for why they should be allowed entry:
This constant refusal of intelligent felines into cultural places of interest is starting to annoy me.
— Joanne Powell (@JoannePowell5) November 14, 2018
Exactly…. They're just trying to eduCat themselves. Would those security guards rather have uneduCATed feline felons pouncing around the streets? Is it not more advantageous to invest in the minds of our youths, regardless of race, creed or species? #NoCatLeftBehind #catlife
— MarshMallow Afronaut 🇬🇧✊🇨🇦 (@QueenCaoCao) November 14, 2018
Just a couple cats trying to educate themselves. Be cool, museum.
— Melanie People’sChoice Scrofano (@MelanieScrofano) November 14, 2018
Because the video doesn’t have sound (and since most cats can’t talk):
Cat: “I’m coming in.”
Security: “No you’re not.”
Cat: “I’m about to come in.”
Security: “No you’re not.”
Cat: *comes in*
Security: “No ya don’t!”
Cat: “Ya got me again Frank.” pic.twitter.com/xYjqhGcm9D
— X (@XLNB) November 14, 2018
Hmm … perhaps this is a clue as to why they want in so badly:
the orange cat sneaks a peak at the art from the outside!!!! 😭 pic.twitter.com/m3T0CSTWmy
— Megan Frantz (@megsfrantz) November 14, 2018
😿💬: those kitties got inside … why am I not allowed in, too?
— CK (@clnklyology) November 14, 2018
Or, perhaps, they’re not interested in the museum at all; maybe all they want is just more affectionate petting from the kind security guard with the soft white gloves:
The black one flopping down and showing the guard thier belly is so sweet like. That kitty 100% trusts that they won’t be hurt, just thwarted.
— tired (@webbychameleon) November 14, 2018
They love the attention 💖💖
— Lauren💖🌞 (@AuntieBooger) November 14, 2018