The revelation of Dream’s face showed the true nature of the Internet

Published: 2022-10-04T22:36:31

Updated: 2022-10-04T22:36:49

On October 2, the hugely popular Minecraft content creator ‘Dream’ showed his face on the internet for the first time, but the reactions weren’t all positive, with some trolls immediately insulting the influencer’s looks.

Faceless content creators abound on social media. Names like Corpse Husband come to mind, who intentionally hid his appearance from the internet because of problems with self-image and privacy.

Looking at the internet’s response to The face of the dream reveals, it’s not hard to see why Corpse keeps using fan-made avatars instead of a selfie.

Although Dream was largely praised by other content creators who confronted him during a social media blitz ahead of his official reveal, the internet at large seemed unimpressed with his looks.

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The reveal of Dream’s face prompted a “He’s Ugly” Twitter trend.

In fact, one of the top trends on Twitter after his face was revealed was “That’s ugly,” with some commenters complaining that they’ve only been waiting for an “average” looking guy to show his face.

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Unfortunately, it seems Dream would have been criticized anyway, because just like Corpse Husband, his fans’ expectations were extremely high and possibly unrealistic.

Corpse itself spoke on this subject in the past, saying, “When you have millions of people like ‘I think you look like this or this’ and you look dramatically different than all of them, it’s like I’m going to let a lot of people down at once, and I’d rather not.”

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Fan Expectations and Internet Trolls

With a huge fan base like Dream’s one also garners a fair amount of enemies. He was almost certain it would get a backlash on his appearance due to those two factors, something YouTube star MoistCritikal pointed out in a recent video discussing the topic.

“There’s a lot of people who hate Dream, hate his fan base, they can’t fucking stand it,” he said. “So I feel like no matter what he did here, this was going to happen. This was inevitable.

“He could have revealed this face and it turns out that Henry Cavill was behind the mask… and Twitter would still have eaten him alive, calling him ugly.”

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This isn’t the first time Dream’s appearance has been the subject of controversy. In 2021, it seems, the Internet trolls discovered old photos of Minecraft creator, instantly generating a backlash from fans and haters alike as his looks didn’t meet their expectations and accused him of “catfishing” – if that’s possible when a person has never publicly shown himself in any capacity.

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This type of negative response essentially reinforces the idea that appearance is key; that nothing matters to the masses except their own desirability. Looking at the average person’s Instagram feed, this doesn’t seem too far off the mark.

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Dreaming of getting hateful face revelation highlights a bigger problem

Herein lies the problem. What does this backlash against Dream say about the state of the internet? The rise of social media has undoubtedly given birth to a generation of highly visual people who are satiated by instant gratification. We crave perfect influencers, airbrushed to perfection. If Dream doesn’t meet the standards that some fans have conjured up in their heads, they feel it has done them a disservice in some way. For haters, her looks are also perfect fodder for trolls to fend off when something goes wrong.

At the end of the day, the backlash to Dream’s face reveal exposes a huge problem with internet culture. We think it’s okay to reduce an entire person to factors they can’t control, like their physical appearance. And if that doesn’t live up to the expectations of the masses, it’s okay to throw the proverbial poop at them.

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It’s important to note that Dream has seen a surge of support in the wake of these negative reactions from her fans and fellow influencers, but that doesn’t erase the instant antagonism her long-awaited reveal was met on social media.

Sure, Dream is rich and famous. It has resources. He’ll be fine. Surely he’s faced worse charges before. But someone’s status shouldn’t be an excuse for others to be mean to them — and luckily, Dream has been planning this reveal for some time.