Setting the Dress Record Straight
Kim Kardashian tried to break the internet once, but last week’s dress controversy got the job done. Unless you’ve been hibernating in the Siberian mountains, or are colorblind, it’s doubtful you haven’t formed an opinion about the notorious blue/black, white/gold dress debate that surfaced from the Scottish island of Colonsay and made its way around the world. It all began as a simple Tumblr post whose owner attempted to achieve clarity: is the dress black and blue or white and gold? The inconclusive debate has even confounded scientists (ok, here is where we set the dress record straight — it IS black and blue in reality), but apparently the answer is not so conspicuous.
The Original Tumblr Post
It was picked up by Buzzfeed, the media mammoth, who later posted the poll: “What Colors Are This Dress?” According to the NYT, as of last Friday, the poll had over 28 million views (white and gold taking the lead). The controversy grabbed the attention of various celebrities, who held unyielding opinions: “I don’t understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it’s a trick somehow,” Taylor Swift tweeted. “PS it’s OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK.”
Connecticut Senator Christopher Murphy
He too took to the Twitter-sphere to share his views: “I know three things. 1) the ACA works; 2) climate change is real; 3) that dress is gold and white.” Buzzfeed’s editor-in-chief Ben Smith perfectly articulated the ostensibly insignificant yet fascinating dress debate by taking note of its special quality: “It sort of erased the line between web culture and real culture.”
We exist in a time when people learn the intricate details of celebrity divorces faster than life-changing policy decisions (a different conversation), but the dress debate’s benign quality sparked an international conversation. Despite is apparent irrelevance and unimportance, its “simple yet bedeviling mystery” granted credence to the debate, deeming it “irresistible.”
Let’s set the record straight: the dress is black and blue.