One question has divided the whole world this week – is it Laurel or Yanny?
Like me, you’re probably sick of people discussing the matter, especially on on social media, but it doesn’t look like the debate is over yet, as now, The White House has got involved.
Seeing the likes of Ivanka Trump and US President Donald Trump pretending to have fun in a video, discussing whether it’s Laurel or Yanny, is not only cringeworthy, but vomit inducing.
If you think this is an overreaction, just check out the video below:
In the video – which was posted on The White House’s Twitter page – you can see all your, erm, favourite American politicians have their say on whether it’s Laurel or Yanny.
While Ivanka exclaims it’s ‘so clearly Laurel’, Vice President Mike Pence asks, ‘Who’s Yanny?’.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders further embarrasses herself by saying something about CNN being fake news.
Now is just not the time Sarah!
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more humiliating for Trump’s team, the President appears right at the end of the video, delivering the punchline from his desk in the famous Oval Office:
I hear covfefe.
The phrase was clearly a reference to the infamous typo he published on his Twitter page last year! It definitely made the video worth watching as I’ll never get sick of Trump making a fool of himself.
Of course, the internet reacted accordingly, with one Twitter user, by the name of Brooke, saying what we were all thinking:
The White House did the Laurel or Yanny video and Donald Trump literally said ‘I hear covfefe’.
Wow I really hate him.
The White House did the laurel/yanny video and Donald Trump literally said “I hear covfefe.”
Wow I really hate him
— Brooke (@brookeFerree22) May 18, 2018
Another tweeter, this time by the name of Kris Griffiths, gave a sarcastic response to the video, writing:
Tee hee, look how fun and relatable President Trump, Ivanka, Mike Pence and The White House crew truly are, jovially playing the Laurel or Yanny game.
Who says these guys aren’t on trend?!?!
Tee hee, look how fun and relatable President Trump, Ivana, Mike Pence and the White House crew truly are, jovially playing the #Laurel #Yanny game. Who says these guys aren't on trend pic.twitter.com/zg18ZvefzE
— Kris Griffiths (@KrisGriffiths) May 18, 2018
And as user Jake Flores pointed out, there’s something wrong with Trump’s pronunciation:
Trump, of all people, pronounces covfefe wrong.
Trump, of all people, pronounces covfefe wrong
— Jake Flores (@feraljokes) May 18, 2018
If you’ve never heard of ‘covfefe‘ before, where have you been?
In May 2017 Trump tweeted:
Despite the constant negative press covfefe.
That was it. No context. No explanation. Just ‘covfefe’.
Many people came up with various conspiracy theories about the meaning of ‘covfefe’, including how it was a means of releasing secret nuclear codes to Vladimir Putin, or how Trump may have simply been drunk-tweeting.
Joining in on the joke, the 45th President then tweeted:
Who can figure out the true meaning of ‘covfefe’??? Enjoy!
Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
While we were all distracted by ‘covfefe’, Trump announced he’d be making his final decision on America’s participation in the 2010 Paris Accord.
The climate accord essentially stops the United States, and all participating countries, from destroying the globe with pollutants.
The ground-breaking agreement, backed by environment campaigners like David Attenborough, as well as the 200 participating countries, saw a global effort to unite against global warming. However, Trump pulled out of it!
Maybe the ‘Laurel or Yanny’ video is an attempt to distract us from something else?…
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.