This Viral Debate Over Young Al Pacino And Robert De Niro's Hotness Has Caused Me To Rethink Everything

    If you're on Twitter, you may have seen it; if you're not, prepare for the most important debate of your life.

    On Sunday evening, Twitter user @offbeatorbit posted what turned out to be a very controversial poll: "Who was hotter?" Young Al Pacino or Young Robert De Niro? This is probably the most important debate to be had, ever.

    Of course, people were quick to hop in the thread with scholarly nuance:

    Screenshot of a Twitter poll


    And I am happy to provide further photographic evidence for each party. Here is young De Niro:

    ...I am listening:

    Young Deniro in a very, very handsome paparazzi photo outside the Roxy Theatre

    De Niro is inarguably very handsome.

    Another paparazzi photo of handsome De Niro; he is looking away from the camera

    But the idea that it shouldn't be close??

    ...De Niro's mustache is persuasive...

    Closeup of young Robert De Niro

    But not all of us were so quick to choose!

    May I present Exhibit B, Pacino?

    I mean, come on...

    Hear me out. (I am definitely not biased.)

    If you haven't seen Dog Day Afternoon, you should.

    But I think we all know the real evidence is in The Godfather.

    Screenshot from "The Godfather"

    The tweet spurred some cute observations:

    As well as some sobering ones:

    Twitter: @rodeoman

    It was a difficult election, folks.

    Twitter: @tenderlilguy

    ...But finally, I present to you what is ultimately the only relevant piece of evidence (...for me):

    And after all that — nearly 40M views and over 277,000 votes — the poll was split 50/50.

    At the end of the day, we could just say, "Why not both?" But, c'mon, choosing just one is way more fun. And you know what they say: