Saturday 24 August 2019

'Dancing Man' who was body shamed by bullies has party thrown in his honour - with Moby and Pharrell showing up to support

Freya Drohan

The 'Dancing Man' who was cruelly taunted over his weight has had the last laugh - as a massive 'Dance Free' party was thrown in his honour in Los Angeles.

The whole thing began in March when an anonymous user posted a picture on 4chan of a man dancing at a music gig.

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“Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing," the malicious accompanying comment read.

Horrified users re-posted the image on Imgur denouncing the fact that someone could be so mean to a stranger.

The post caught the attention of a LA-based writer named Cassandra Fairbanks, who subsequently started a campaign to find the 'Dancing Man'.

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After her Tweet amassed thousands of re-tweets, the identity of the man was revealed - a Londoner named Sean O'Brien (47).

"I wanted to do something nice for him. I sent out a tweet and spread like wildfire. Now we are keeping in touch as me and my lady cult, GNI (not actually a cult) plan an incredible party," Cassandra (below) told at the time.

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The 'Dance Free' party has now taken place, with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Meghan Trainor turning up and legendary music producer Moby offering to dj.

"The whole world is dancing with you #DancingMan #DANCEFREE," Pharrell tweeted.

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Fairbanks and her fellow organisers even managed to raise $30,000 for anti-bullying charities.

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"This is amazing," she told ABC News. "It really shows power of people. If everybody comes together to do something nice look what you can accomplish."

"The positivity of it all. So many good people out there. This all started because somebody tried to be nasty and it turned good so quickly," an overwhelmed Sean said.

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To round off his American trip, the Londoner also threw out the first pitch at the LA Dodgers game and performed on the stadium's infamous 'Dance Cam'.

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