Dream vs. Gumball Voice Actor, also known as Dream vs. Nicolas Cantu Controversy, refers to an online feud between Minecraft YouTuber Dream and the voice actor for Gumball from The Amazing World of Gumball Nicolas Cantu. The feud took place in mid-November 2023 as Dream claimed that Cantu assaulted him, used slurs and made racist remarks towards an Uber driver, with Cantu then confirming that he "slapboxed" Dream and called him "fat and a predator." Dream later shared a recording of the incident, proving that Cantu used slurs against him and the driver. The feud spawned numerous memes in which the cartoon character destroyed and humiliated Dream in various ways in reference to the drama.
On November 15th, 2023, voice actor Nicolas Cantu (@ncantu), best known for voicing the character Gumball in the animated series The Amazing World of Gumball, replied to a post made by a parody X account @dreamwastalen, which impersonated Minecraft YouTuber Dream. The account then replied to @ncantu with a joke referencing grooming allegations that were brought against Dream in 2022 (exchange shown below, left). Later on November 15th, @ncantu quoted the post (shown below, right), which received over 1,900 reposts and 54,000 likes on X in two days.
Later on November 15th, Dream quoted the post by Cantu, accusing the voice actor of a past interaction in which he physically assaulted him and giving an account of Cantu using racial slurs and verbally berating an Uber driver and making racist remarks against them. Dream also wrote that Cantu later apologized to him in a direct message on X / Twitter. The post (shown below, left) received over 4,600 reposts and 23,000 likes in two days.
On November 16th, 2023, Cantu addressed the accusations, confirming that he "slapboxed" Dream and that he was rude to the Uber driver but denied using racial slurs. He added that he called Dream "fat and a predator," and proceeded to roast him. The post (shown below, right) received over 8,800 reposts and 53,000 likes in one day.
Later, Dream replied with screenshots of Cantu's direct message to him (shown below) and blocked him on X. In the screenshots, Cantu apologizes to Dream for hitting him and writes that he found Dream to be a "humble, grounded, and decent man who can roll with the punches."
On November 17th, 2023, Dream then posted a two-minute-long recording of Nicolas Cantu insulting the Uber driver and Dream while using slurs against them, telling Dream that he wants to fight him. The video received over 122 million views on X in three days (shown below).
Nicolas Cantu, voice actor for Gumball, Dora, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Skull Island, and more,
being homophobic, antisemetic, ableist, and threatening to kill me, everyone: pic.twitter.com/huH3433xfN
— Dream (@Dream) November 18, 2023
In follow-up posts, Dream posted screenshots of his conversation with the Uber driver, claiming that Cantu lied about tipping them money, and added more context for the alleged events that happened that night (shown below, left and right).
Later, Dream wrote that he wasn't the person recording the video and that Cantu requested that he be recorded (shown below, left). In another post, Dream wrote that the incident took place in September 2023 (shown below, right).
Dream's Moaning Audio
Please refer to 2022-2023 Dream Grooming Allegations for more information.
Cantu's reply to Dream's accusations and his roasting the streamer inspired memes in which Gumball from The Amazing World of Gumball opposed Dream, defeating and humiliating him in various ways.
Later that day, X user @kliffnyundrscor posted screenshots of Dream's October 2022 Snapchat stories in which the streamer has bruising on his face, reportedly after accidentally falling from bed, making a reference to the feud. The post (shown below, right) received over 1,200 reposts and 12,000 likes in one day.
Incident Recording Reactions
The incident recording shared by Dream spawned more memes about the feud as some users continued to bring up Dream's allegations and others posted GIF captions and other memes about Cantu using slurs. For example, on November 18th, 2023, X user @schwi_riku posted a Homelander Gets Applause meme about the situation that received over 650 reposts and 8,800 likes in two days (shown below).
gumball after calling dream a f**got pic.twitter.com/dx37hrBDRl
— CF | riku (@schwi_riku) November 18, 2023