The internet is often divided on various issues, but it’s a rare occasion to see the web simultaneously meltdown over one specific topic. That’s exactly what happened yesterday in what history will call The Great Laurel/Yanny Debate of 2018 — or, maybe we’ll just call it that.
A Reddit user shared a short audio clip that quickly caused internet controversy after YouTuber Cloe Feldman asked the now-infamous question, “What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel” When the video played, some people heard “Laurel” while others clearly heard “Yanny.” As the post made the social media rounds, many were left dumbfounded by what they did or didn’t hear.
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I
— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
Celebs got in on the action too, including Ellen DeGeneres, who heard “Laurel.” But Chrissy Teigen, who initially joined the debate on Twitter, and even got her parents involved, quickly led the charge to end the internet madness. She’s over it!
Thousands of Twitter users agreed with the model: It’s time to go back to regular internet debates — royal wedding drama anyone?
GENIUS. Thanks for the inspo ❤️
— wig khalifa (@peteratthepark) May 16, 2018
Uggggghhhhh I hope we get to the bottom of the Yanny/Laurel debacle. It's taking over alllllll of my Social feeds. I'm so done with it.
— Miss Lyss (@lyss010387) May 16, 2018
Thank you very much this just cleared up my timeline so much ❤️
— Leigh Mancuso (@SolarMoonlight) May 16, 2018
Oh man, I wish I’d done that earlier today. I’m afraid it’s too late for me and I’m now permanently broken.
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) May 16, 2018
Thank you for reminding me to do this
— Cilla (@cillaxxing) May 16, 2018
We know Teigen meant well in removing the words from her social media feeds, but her actions also had unintended consequences for a few of her fans — specifically, her fans named “Laurel,” “Yanny,” and “Yanni.”
So how are you supposed to see our tweets?
— Laurel Highlands (@laurelhighlands) May 16, 2018
Pls don’t block me then, I knew one day I’d hate my family name…. never knew this would be why
— Mariah Yanney (@Mariah_lynnnn) May 16, 2018
Girls named Laurel looking at this tweet. pic.twitter.com/OTTTiEb98z
— Tuxedo Mask (@TheLoveBel0w) May 16, 2018
It's just my name
— Laurel Button (@Jewsortof) May 16, 2018
STOP MY NAME IS LITERALLY LAUREL
— avocado (@lauureltorres) May 16, 2018
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