01/11/2016 1:50 PM AEDT | Updated 01/11/2016 6:18 PM AEDT

The Race That Gets The Nation Talking

Social media says both yes and no to the Melbourne Cup.

If there's one thing to be said about the Melbourne Cup is that it certainly sparks a conversation and this year's event has been no exception.

Polarising views, passionate punters and a serious influx of fascinators come out of the woodwork -- all to take part, weigh in or slam the race that stops the nation.

Australians posted some fabulous selfies, diabolical fashion choices and everything from puppy punters to passionate animal activism statements.

Here are some of the most interesting posts of social media's 2016 edition of the Melbourne Cup.

It's also been clearly evident that not all Australians feel the same way about The Cup.