Meghan Trainor hugs Sean during his Hollywood holiday
Dancing Man is one of our favourite internet sensations, but not for the reasons you might think. After Sean O’Brien – Dancing Man’s real name - was fat-shamed on internet messageboards for dancing at a concert in March (I mean, how could he…), nobody could have predicted what would happen next, especially not the vile bullies.
Cassandra Fairbanks of The Free Thought Project couldn’t let this abuse go unchecked, beginning a social media campaign to find the #dancingman and throw him a HUGE party. After Sean was finally found in Liverpool, he had his party, and it was awesome.
Because of The Free Thought Project’s viral campaign, over $40,000 was raised to fund the once-in-a-lifetime experience, where Sean threw the first pitch with the LA Dodgers in his customised ‘Dancing Man’ baseball jersey, partied with celebrities at Hollywood’s Avalon nightclub and was taken out to lunch by Dita Von Teese. The holiday of a lifetime?! We think so! Sean agrees, tweeting ‘It's been overwhelming to receive so much friendliness and kindness’.
A last massive thanks to all those who were there last night to help make it so memorable— Dancing Man (@Dancingmanfound) May 24, 2015
and everyone who has supported and followed for last two months to help make it happen. So much love in the world @DanceFreeMvmt— Dancing Man (@Dancingmanfound) May 24, 2015
Sean, who is 46 years old and works as a financier when he’s not getting his groove on, was referred to as a ‘specimen’ by internet bullies, who boasted ‘he stopped [trying to dance] when he saw us laughing’. But the cruel taunts sparked celebrities like Ellie Goulding, Pharrell Williams and Andrew WK to speak out in support of Sean. As Andrew told the party crowd, ‘Probably one of the worst things that ever happened to Sean – or that I can imagine happening to anybody – has turned out to probably be one of the best things that has ever happened to him’.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Sean got real about the situation: ‘It was daunting at first. I was a bit worried about how it all happened but it’s turned into the most wonderful journey, I’ve met some of the most wonderful people you can imagine. It’s been truly life-changing. I’ve always had confidence anyway, I’ve always wanted to dance. It’s just people pick on you sometimes’.
Awww. We’re happy this awful story got such a happy ending. Never stop dancing, Sean!