We have always had a complicated relationship with Jennifer Lopez.
On the one hand, she’s a beautiful and talented Latina who has had an enormous impact on an industry that is notoriously dismissive of Latinos.
On the other hand, she is responsible for an ungodly amount of bad movies and wretched music.
So you see the dilemma.
Well, news came out recently that puts J Lo firmly on the positive side of history. It seems that you have her to thank for the invention of Google Images.
One of the founders of Google claims that it was Lopez’s infamous green dress, which she wore to the 2000 Grammys, that provided the impetus to catalogue images on the search engine.
Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says that “J Lo green dress” (or some variation on that) was the most popular search query the company had ever seen. But they had no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted, which was Ms. Lopez wearing that dress.
So they tinkered with the code, allowing pictures and graphics to come up in queries, and in the words of Schmidt, “Google Image Search was born.”
That settles it. Jennifer Lopez is all right with us.
And as a public service, and just in case you don’t remember that famous dress, here it is.
Yes, that’s very little fabric for such a cultural milestone and technological breakthrough. But that’s just J Lo for you.