On June 10, 2023, the internet was abuzz as renowned YouTuber Clay, better known as “Dream,” announced his decision to don his trademark mask once more.
In a video lasting four minutes, posted on his primary channel, Dream was seen removing the face-reveal video that had gone viral on October 3, 2022. His close friends, George “GeorgeNotFound” and Nicholas “Sapnap,” also made appearances, humorously suggesting that Dream’s popularity had declined since he revealed his face.
Following this announcement, Dream was spotted wearing his new mask at a basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets.
The Reason Behind the Mask’s Return
In a video titled “bye, from Dream,” the content creator was seen perusing the comments under the face reveal video he had uploaded the previous year. Shortly after, Sapnap and GeorgeNotFound appeared, stating they had a “big problem.” GeorgeNotFound humorously remarked:
“Ever since you took this stupid mask off, you’ve fallen off! You’re irrelevant. You have no money. No views. You’re trash! It’s the truth. Just delete everything. Go back! We need to go back, to what, seven months ago?”
While the dialogue was clearly scripted, the reasons mentioned may have influenced Dream’s decision to wear his mask again. In the video description, Dream expressed his regret over the negative attention he received after revealing his face. He stated:
“After face revealing and removing my mask, I regretted the attention and hate, and am walking it back. I will slowly be deleting all pictures of me online, and going back to just being a gamer in a mask.”
The Impact of the Face Reveal
YouTube video essayist SunnyV2 described Dream’s face reveal as an “awful decision” and the “worst mistake” made by a content creator. He argued that Dream’s unseen face was one of the key factors contributing to his relevance. SunnyV2 cited Dream’s appearance in a MrBeast video as an example, stating:
“Dream was able to appear in MrBeast’s 65 million views 2020 Rewind simply because he hadn’t shown his face yet, which accompanied hundreds of commentary-type videos, teasing and click baiting what Dream apparently looked like.”
The Community’s Reaction
As expected, Dream’s announcement quickly became a trending video on YouTube, amassing over 3.6 million views and more than 71,298 comments in just one day.
Some fans humorously expressed anticipation for Dream’s “second face reveal,” while others suggested that Dream’s popularity declined because he stopped uploading content.