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This one tweet probably sums up everyone’s feeling about the Yanny/Laurel debate by now
Psst, it’s totally ‘Laurel.’
Unless you’ve been living under a particular rock without a Wi-Fi connection, you probably have A Very Serious Opinion about the Yanny vs. Laurel debate by now—the internet phenomenon which went insanely viral on Tuesday after being posted on social media by vlogger Cloe Feldman.
Depending on the individual, one seems to clearly hear one word or the other, or in a few rare instances a mix of both or something else entirely. As such, it was quickly compared to 2015’s social media sensation #TheDress, which saw entire families torn apart and houses divided.
Indeed, even the Daily Dot staff became at vicious odds with one another by the time the Yanny versus Laurel debate bubbled to a simmer in Slack.
I mean, listen for yourself:
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
But because the internet is a fickle and cruel beast, within the span of 24 hours, Yanny/Laurel went from being the talk of online to beyond tired. We can probably call the exact time of death to when Speaker of the House Paul Ryan guffawed about it during a press conference earlier today.
So regardless of whether you’re team #Yanny or team #Laurel, we can all appreciate this take from voice actor SungWon Cho (@prozdkp), who posted the following clip on Twitter Wednesday morning—which quickly went viral for obvious reasons.
yanny or laurel pic.twitter.com/1PfV90qy03— SungWon Cho (ProZD) (@prozdkp) May 16, 2018
I don’t know about everybody else, but I definitely also heard “Laurel” that time.
Stacey Ritzen is a reporter and editor based in West Philadelphia with over 10 years' experience covering pop culture, web culture, entertainment, and news. You can follow her on Twitter @staceyritzen.