Dream memes go viral after Youtuber reveals his face
Dream, a famous YouTuber has spent most of his career hiding behind a mask. Even his fellow content creators don’t know who he really is.
The 23-year-old YouTuber rose to fame by making Minecraft “let’s play” and “speedrun” videos. Now he has more than 30 million subscribersbut has kept his identity a secret.
Dream finally took off his mask and showed his face on Sunday night. He did so in a video that was posted on YouTube and has since been received more than 22 million views.
In the video, Dream said his name was Clay and said he decided to stop being anonymous because it was too difficult and stressful to maintain his mysterious persona.
“I was piled up,” Dream said. “People trying to reveal my face, trying to figure out what I look like… it’s a little too much.”
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Popular content creators like YouTube’s Marques Brownlee and TikTok’s Addison Rae loved seeing Dream’s face for the first time. Brownlee called Dream’s reveal “one of the most interesting social media campaigns I’ve ever seen.”
Many fans were excited to hear the news, which made them happy. Others looked strangely disappointed, but it’s not clear what they were hoping for. Soon, fans made memes that compared Dream’s face to that of cartoon characters.
Some of the jokes and memes were made in good fun, but the tone quickly changed as Twitter users mocked Dream’s face. The hashtag #Put back the mask became popular as a result of the revelation.
Soon it was hard to ignore the negative comments. This has led some content creators to think that the popularity of face filters, carefully selected angles, and carefully curated Instagram pages have changed how people think creators should look, or even what people look like.
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Being a very popular YouTuber already seems like a lot of mental work. The negative effects of constant surveillance by a group of obsessives are well known, but harassing a 23-year-old for showing his face could be a new low for the parasocial crowd.
Once TikTokers and YouTubers reach a certain level of fame, they seem to be perceived more as brands than people. The content creator becomes just another piece of content and basic human decency gets lost in the noise.
Unlike traditional celebrities, content creators usually speak directly and frequently to their fans. At this point you can expect backlash when something is controversial, but not when someone’s face is shown.
In contrast to the negativity online, Dream’s face reveals video ends with a positive message. He told his fans that he is “living proof” that anyone can be successful.
“Anyone can be a mask and I don’t want revealing my face to get in the way of that fact,” he said. “The dream could have been anyone, anywhere.”
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