❘ Published: 2022-10-04T22:36:31
❘ Updated: 2022-10-04T22:36:49
On October 2, wildly popular Minecraft content creator “Dream” showed his face on the internet for the very first time – but the reactions weren’t all positive, with some trolls immediately insulting the influencer’s appearance.
Faceless content creators abound on social media. Names like Corpse Husband come to mind, which deliberately concealed its appearance on the internet due to self-image and privacy concerns.
Looking at the internet’s response to Dream’s face reveal, it’s not hard to see why Corpse continues to use fan-made avatars instead of a selfie.
Although Dream was widely praised by other content creators who facetimed it during a social media blitz before its official reveal, the internet as a whole didn’t seem to be impressed with its looks.
Dream’s facial reveal sparked a ‘He’s ugly’ Twitter trend
In fact, one of the top trends on Twitter after his face was revealed was “He’s ugly,” with some commenters lamenting that they were just waiting for a “mediocre” guy to show his face.
Unfortunately, it looks like Dream was going to be lambasted no matter what, because much like Corpse Husband, its fans’ expectations were extremely high – and likely unrealistic.
Corpse himself has spoken on this subject in the past, saying, “When you have millions of people like ‘I think he looks like this or this’ and you look drastically different from all of them, it’s like you’re going to fail a lot of people at once, and I’d rather not do that.
Fan expectations and internet trolls
With a massive fanbase like Dream’s, one also garners a decent amount of haters. It was almost certain that he would have negative reactions to his appearance because of these two factors, which YouTube star MoistCritikal pointed out in a recent video discussing the subject.
“There are a lot of people who hate Dream, they hate his fanbase, they can’t stand the guy,” he said. “So I feel like whatever he did here was going to happen. It was inevitable.
“He could have done that face reveal and it turns out Henry Cavill was behind the mask…and Twitter would have eaten him alive anyway, calling him ugly.”
This isn’t the first time Dream’s appearance has been the subject of controversy. In 2021, internet trolls apparently discovered older photos of the Minecraft creator, instantly garnering backlash from fans and haters alike as his appearance didn’t live up to their expectations and accused him of “catfishing”. – if that is even possible when a person has never shown themselves publicly in any way.
This type of negative response essentially reinforces an idea that looks are everything; that nothing matters to the masses except its desirability. Looking at the average person’s Instagram feed, that doesn’t seem too far from the truth.
Dreaming of getting hate for the face reveals a bigger problem
This is where the problem lies. What does this backlash against Dream say about the state of the Internet? The rise of social media has undoubtedly spawned a generation of extremely visually-focused people who are satiated by instant gratification. We are looking for perfect influencers, retouched to perfection. If Dream doesn’t meet the standards that some fans have conjured up in their heads, they feel like he’s somehow wronged them. For enemies, his appearance is also the perfect fodder for trolls to fire at him when something is wrong.
Ultimately, the backlash to Dream’s face reveal exposes a huge problem with internet culture. We think it’s okay to boil down a whole person to factors they can’t control, like their physical appearance. And if that doesn’t meet the expectations of the masses, there’s no harm in throwing the proverbial poop at them.
It’s important to note that Dream has received widespread support in the wake of this backlash from fans and fellow influencers, but that doesn’t erase the instant antagonism its highly anticipated reveal has met with on the internet. social networks.
Of course, Dream is rich and famous. He has resources. He will be fine. He has certainly faced worse charges before. But someone’s status shouldn’t be an excuse for others to behave badly towards them – and thankfully, Dream has been planning this reveal for some time.
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