Saturday night was the big night for the man who was body shamed online for dancing back in March 2015. You might remember Sean O’Brien from the swell of support that grew after a photograph of him ended up online as a source of mockery. The search for #DancingMan led to thousands of women, particularly Cassandra Fairbanks, hunting for O’Brien in the hopes that he would attend a dance party in his honor.
“One of the worst things that ever happened to Sean turned out to be one of the best things,” Andrew W.K. told an audience of glowstick-waving revelers at Hollywood’s Avalon nightclub Saturday night where he gave a heartfelt speech and partied with Sean.
Also in attendance to lend their support and dance the night away was Moby, Tatyana Ali, and Monica Lewinsky.
Press Telegram – “Man Body-Shamed Online Gets Epic Dance Party.“
The Daily Edge – “The ‘Dancing Man’ Who Was Body-Shamed Online Finally Got His Party.“
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Pharrell, Moby and Andrew W.K. have all shown their support to a man, nicknamed Dancing Man, who was bullied online.
Sean, from London, became famous after photos of him at a gig started being shared online. The caption read: “Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.” The two pictures posted anonymously on online message board 4chan around a month ago were uploaded to the website Reddit this week.
After the pictures went viral, Twitter users decided to find the man so they could tell him to keep on dancing, no matter what the bullies say. Los Angeles resident Cassandra Fairbanks spearheaded a campaign to stand up to the bullies along with over 1,700 other women. So they invited the man to join them at a private dance party in Los Angeles in his honour, with a fundraising page set up. Dancing Man duly accepted the invitation using his hashtag #dancingmanfound.
Moby has now offered to DJ at the party for free as “no-one should be ashamed of dancing”. Then Andrew W.K. tweeted he was going to the party and “backing him all the way”. Pharrell also hinted at performing at the party: “Hey @CassandraRules keep me posted about your dance party! @Dancingmanfound, never be ashamed of yourself.”
Dancing Man has thanked everyone for their response on Twitter: “Just woke up to be greeted with so many more kind words. Big thanks again”.