“Literally everything at my show just stopped to see if people hear Laurel or Yanny. I hear Laurel,” Ellen DeGeneres says.
Three years ago, a white and gold and/or black and blue dress divided Twitter, but now two simple words have ignited a national disagreement. Is it yanny or laurel?!
The debate hasn’t sucked in just you and your friends, though, as Hollywood stars have become fully immersed in the discussion since the audio clip in question started going viral on Tuesday afternoon when YouTuber Cloe Feldman asked her followers to weigh in. Like most things on the internet, however, it appears the debate started on Reddit earlier this week.
According to the Redditor that introduced this audible oddity to the world, the recording comes from the Vocabulary.com listing for “laurel,” which is defined as “a wreath worn on the head, usually as a symbol of victory.”
So there you have it…it is laurel. But why do some people hear yanny?
That is why some users on Twitter realized that when you change the pitch of the audio file, you will be able to hear different words.
Ok, so if you pitch-shift it you can hear different things:
— Steve Pomeroy (@xxv) May 15, 2018
But honestly, who cares about science. We hear what we want to hear these days, and there were plenty of famous ears that heard yanny and wanted the world to know, while others don’t understand how it could be anything but laurel. See the reactions from Hollywood below.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 16, 2018
This is really weird. How is anyone hearing Laurel? Is this a trick thing like the blue and gold dress? https://t.co/jr3k0oJIiI
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) May 16, 2018
How do people even hear Laurel??! This is blue dress/gold dress all over again.
— Melissa Fumero (@melissafumero) May 16, 2018
— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) May 16, 2018
Literally everything at my show just stopped to see if people hear Laurel or Yanny. I hear Laurel. https://t.co/efWRw1Gj0L
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 15, 2018
it's so clearly laurel. I can't even figure out how one would hear yanny.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 15, 2018
THE FUCK IS GOING ON ITS SO BLATANTLY LAUREL AND TRUMP IS SO EVIL AND THE DRESS WAS ACTUALLY BLACK AND BLUE LIKE NOT AN OPINION LIKE IT WASSSSS BLACK AND BLUE. AND TRUMP IS ACTUALLY DUMB, LIKE, THESE ARE FACTS WHY ARE WE DISCUSSING LIKE ITS NOT OK I NEED TO SLEEP NOW GOOD DAY SIR
— Chloe Bennet (@chloebennet) May 16, 2018
— Liam93Productions (@liam93pro) May 16, 2018