The Dancing Man Finally Hits the Floor for Epic Dance Party
Cyber fat-shamers everywhere, beware: When you bully someone on the internet, the good people of Twitter will band together to lift up the victim and prove that you’re a jerk.
On March 5, photos of Sean O’Brien, virally dubbed The Dancing Man, were posted on image-based bulletin site 4Chan with the caption “Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.”
Unfortunately for this kind user (#sarcasm), Cassandra Rules of the anti-bullying group Free Thought Project saved the day by launching a viral campaign to #FindDancingMan so she could invite him to an L.A dance party (#dancefree) in his honor.
Anyone know this man or who posted this? There's a huge group of ladies in LA who would like to do something special pic.twitter.com/DGbu3AXOrB— Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 5, 2015
What happened next?
Well, after Dancing Man was found and accepted his invite, a Go Fund Me campaign raised $40,830 (most of which was donated to The Cybersmile Foundation), the Twitter handle @Dancingmanfound was created, and the L.A Coliseum offered up its space for “the world’s greatest dance party.” Moby asked to DJ the party for free, Pharrell requested an invite, and Andrew W.K. was super enthusiastic about joining the fun since “this guy is totally a dance party master.”
So this past Saturday, Dancing Man danced, Pharrell joined via video, and Andrew W.K, Monica Lewinsky and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air actress Tatyana Ali danced right along with him.