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Face reveals and dropping the online mask

Dream's face reveal, and the internet's reaction to it, proves we have a lot to learn

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On Oct. 22, 2022, Dream recorded a face reveal sparking more hateful discussion on Twitter than it should have. Dream is a popular Minecraft YouTuber with 30.4 million subscribers who is best known for creating the “Dream SMP” and his “manhunt” series.

Dream’s face reveal was so hyped that when people saw he was a normal guy, they immediately began to criticize his appearance as harshly as they could.

This reveal reminded me that other people’s actions make it difficult for people to be themselves. It’s more noticeable online than in person.

Although YouTube is a video platform, not every YouTuber shows their face to the world. Some YouTubers, such as Corpse Husband, SwaggerSouls, Ranboo, and Jaiden Animations are now or have previously been “faceless,” meaning they purposely have not revealed their faces to their fanbase during streams or videos.

Jaiden Animations is a previously “faceless” YouTuber who decided to do a face reveal in April 2017. In her video explaining why she didn’t post a face reveal before, she discusses her struggles with her body and mental health.

When filters exist, or you can easily pretend to be someone else with the click of a few buttons, it’s difficult to be comfortable in your skin online. If you don’t have the right attitude toward both criticism and compliments, your mental health can quickly deteriorate. I’ve been through it even with just iMessage, and it hurts more than some people realize.

The entire Twitter problem has left a bad taste in my mouth as someone who wears a mask in real life to hide their face from other people’s judgment. It made me more self-conscious about my facial flaws than I ever have been.

Ranboo is a popular YouTuber with BDD who is friends with Dream. He hinted on Twitter that he revealed his face to Dream on FaceTime. Nobody knows what Ranboo’s plans are for a reveal if he plans to do one at all.

But, with people bullying Dream’s face to fit in with a popular joke, it would be no surprise if he put his glasses back on and never streamed again.

Even if the internet thinks their criticism won’t bother him, that doesn’t justify it. This popularized bullying can affect other people who will see the hate and think the same would happen to them if they show their face to anyone. People will still feel like similar jokes will be made about them, even if they have absolutely nothing to do with Dream.

It isn’t okay to normalize making fun of people because of their appearance. And honestly? The face-reveal jokes were never funny to begin with when they were more popular. The comparisons are far-fetched, and crude.

It is okay to criticize people for their actions and things they can control, but not for characteristics they were born with and can’t change. You can dislike Dream for who he is as a person, but his appearance has nothing to do with his actions.

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Hi, I'm Gianna! This is my first year on staff as a junior in high school, as well as the Art & Spanish editor! I'm part of the LASO and Horticulture club and am excited to write stories.

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  1. Gianna, I love this: “ It isn’t okay to normalize making fun of people because of their appearance. ” From talking about politicians to referencing the kid next door, I wish people would be more kind.

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