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LGBTI celebrities divided in viral debate: Is it Yanny or Laurel?

Written by gaytourism

Do you hear Yanny or Laurel? Photos: Eva Rinaldi / neal whitehouse piper / amanda benson via Flickr

Uh oh, it’s the white and gold vs. black and blue dress debacle all over again.

A new conundrum is going viral and it’s dividing the population. And it seems LGBTI celebrities are joining in the debate too.

It all started when Twitter user Cloe Feldman posted a tweet with a simple question: ‘What do you hear? Yanny or Laurel’

If you haven’t heard it, check it out below.

Some people hear Yanny and some people hear Laurel.

Among them, host of QI Stephen Fry took to Twitter to add his voice to the mix.

He tweeted: ‘I’m puzzled that anyone can hear Yanny – I hear Laurel very clearly.’

Orange is the New Black actress Ruby Rose wrote on Twitter: ‘I hear a robot saying “yeah me” “Yehme” like it’s congratulating itself for wasting our time. But I don’t hear Laurel. I used to live on Laurel Canyon, how do I not hear that!’

Singer MNEK tweeted: ‘It’s laurel don’t @ me.’

And then Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui wrote: ‘IVE HAD THIS DILEMA ALL DAY it’s CLEARLY Laurel.’

Kehlani said: ‘Yanny n Laurel fasho depends on what frequencies ur ears pick up.’

So what’s the answer?

In response to Stephen Fry’s tweet, Twitter user @JoshBeardRadio tweeted a possible explanation.

He explains the answer might lie with pitch and how people hear things.

He says in the video: ‘I decided to record it because I wanted to figure out what’s going on. My guess is that people hear different things at different pitches.’

Then during the test video, he changes the pitch to high and it says ‘Laurel’ but when he changes it to a low pitch, it starts to say ‘Yanny’.

Or maybe it still says what you first heard it say.

What do you think about the whole debate?

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