Man behind the viral Blue/Black dress pleads guilty

Man behind the viral Blue/Black dress pleads guilty

An update on the people behind the dress that broke the internet 

Man who broke the internet with Blue/Black dress charged with attempted murder
Man who broke the internet with Blue/Black dress charged with attempted murder/ Youtube screenshot

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Do you remember the viral phenomenon of the dress that broke the internet? The man behind this international divide has gone viral again, but this time for all the wrong reasons...

Back in 2015, a White/Gold or Blue/Black dress brought the world to its knees after Scottish groom Keir Johnston became the face of his mother-in-law's perplexing dress. 

Keir has held on to his momentary rise to fame, however, things took a sinister turn when he appeared in the Glasgow High Court on Monday, facing accusations of years of domestic violence culminating in an attempt on his wife's life.

Read More: #DressGate solved

Keir Johnston, 38, appeared at the High Court in Glasgow on Thursday, where he pleaded guilty to a “terrifying” attack on his wife, Grace Johnston, that left her “fearing for her life”, but alive, according to The Daily Record.

Stay tuned for more on this developing case.

Background on the couple and the dress fiasco

The mind-blowing dress was originally posted to social media to settle a debate among friends who could not agree on the colour. This conundrum became an international dilemma which drew celebrities, analysts, and curious minds in. 

Contrary to popular belief, it was actually their friend and wedding guest, Caitlin McNeill, who posted the picture to Tumblr of a dress that the bride's mother wore to their wedding.

Read More: What Colour is THE Dress?

However, this viral dress and recent incident hits very close to home. 

Right here in South Africa there was a successful marketing campaign done by the Salvation Army. 

Read More: Why is it so hard to see black and blue?

In this advert, the Salvation Army turns the famous black and blue vs white and gold dress debate on its head, asking why it is literally so hard for us to see black and blue - to acknowledge the reality of domestic abuse. 

In their words, the only illusion is if you think this was her choice. The ad also carries the logo of Carehaven – a home for abused women and children. 


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