The Great Dress Debate

By Casandra Hernandez

Last night the simple question “what color is this dress?” sparked a viral debate on social media. The debate that began on Tumblr spread to every social media platform including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. It also made national news headlines on CNN, Yahoo! News, ESPN and more.

So just what happened that caused such uproar over the color of a dress?

The picture was first posted on Tumblr by 21-year-old singer Caitlin McNeill. McNeill explained to Business Insider that the dress in the picture was worn to her friends’ wedding. McNeill and second woman who is in involved in the great dress debate photo are currently the number one story on Yahoo!’s home page.The dress was worn by the bride’s mother and began to stir up debate when the mother sent her daughter the now-famous photo. In the photo the dress appears to be white and gold, but when the mother showed up to the wedding wearing the dress it was very clear that the dress was in fact black and blue.

Photo via Yahoo! Images
Photo via Yahoo! Images

And so the great debate began. The question as to exactly what color this dress is spread like wildfire over the web. In just a matter of hours I received multiple texts asking what colors I saw, my Facebook news feed was flooded with debate and explanations as to why certain colors are seen by certain people and the memes on Twitter just got more outrageous by the minute.

Image Via Twitter
Image Via Twitter

So just what color is the dress? It’s actually black and blue. Here’s one (there are a few out there) scientific explanation as to why people are seeing two different color ways of the same dress. If that doesn’t reduce the stress and answer the question try this one too.

Photo Via Facebook
Photo Via Facebook

I’m with Grumpy Cat on this one. It’s gold… and I don’t care. (But it is actually not gold, it’s blue and black, remember.)

The Internet is a crazy, wild and actually really interesting place. In a matter of hours just about the entire world wide web was talking about the SAME thing at the SAME time. Image if this sort of viral “news” was actually news that is worthy of a great debate. The great dress debate proves, yet again, that social media is a massive platform that is not to be taken lightly. Stuff spreads faster than wildfire with just a few clicks, likes and retweets.

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