Why? Because it appeared blue-and-black to some and white-and-gold to others. The post had come from a Tumblr user – the Scottish singer Caitlin McNeill, along with a caption that read “Guys, please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the bleep out.”
And, with that post, the Internet had gone totally crazy. The photo had managed to ignite a huge debate and hit the nutty button hard. Some started claiming they could see the dress change colors in front of their very eyes. Others blamed others of not having a sane brain. Yet others were so confused about the entire thing that they almost started cursing the poor dress, death-sure about their perception.
Very soon, even heavy, bombastic, scientific explanations questioning those poor cones and rods in our eyes came pouring in. Celebrities joined in. Taylor Swift tweeted, “I don’t understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it’s a trick somehow. I’m confused and scared. PS it’s OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK.” Kim Kardashian followed, “What color is that dress? I see white & gold. Kanye sees black & blue, who is color blind?”
But, here’s the ultimate truth – the dress is, indeed, out-and-out Black-and-Blue. And, the obvious explanation can be an overexposure of the image which has stirred this disagreement in views. No, this isn’t a claim. The controversial product can be found on Amazon, listed as ‘royal blue,’ accompanied by hilarious reviews from frustrated people who were tired of this debate. The company selling it, but, has promised that a white-and-gold version would be out soon. Nevertheless, here are a few of those million dollar comments:
I purchased this white and gold dress and was slightly sad when I received a blue and black dress. However, I know now that I got a great deal because if you stare at it long enough, you can clearly see it’s a sailboat.
As an eye doctor, I placed this dress on display outside my office, and business went through the roof!
Robbed a bank in this dress. Nobody could agree on a proper description of me. Sketch artist’s head exploded. Got away. Fantastic.
This dress made me lose all of my friends and now I am so lonely.
Of course, people these days, fight upon the virtual web over anything and everything. And moreover, no one is to blame, because truth is only a matter of relative perception. Like, I’ll tell you, the sun doesn’t rise in the east; it’s static. The oceans aren’t blue, the sky is. And no, you aren’t thinking about #TheDress anymore. Yawn…
A post by Chayanika Deka. 28th February, 2015.