In one of the most heart-warming campaigns to develop via social media, a man who was shamed online for dancing in public will be thrown the party of the year as thousands, including Moby and Pharrell rally behind him to show their support.
The campaign kicked off after two photos of the man surfaced on the image-based website 4chan, with the caption: “Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.”
Writer and LA based activist Cassandra Banks then took to Twitter to track down the bullied dancing man and offered her support by extending an invitation to dance with 1,727 “overly enthusiastic” young women from California.
“Anyone know this man or who posted this? There’s a huge group of ladies in LA who would like to do something special,” she tweeted.
Her post then went viral, with thousands of people sharing her open letter via social media with the hashtag #FindDancingMan. “A few members were concerned that the photo spreading further could cause embarrassment if the man had not already seen the post,” wrote Banks on Free Thought Project.
“Eventually, it was decided that it would be better to throw out our invite in hopes maybe someone would know him and happen to see it and we could bring some positivity to such an upsetting situation.”
And bring some positivity it did! The man, now known to be Sean, soon confirmed his identity and created a Twitter account as @Dancingmanfound. “Just woke up to be greeted with so many more kind words. Big thanks again and am sure the charity will appreciate it as well. Thanks again,” he wrote.
Crowd-sourced fundraising page GoFundMe has since raised over $35, 000 to fly him to LA where the party will take place, while Moby has offered to DJ. “I offer my dj services for free for… No one should ever be ashamed about dancing,” he said via Twitter.
LA Memorial Coliseum have also offered the “world’s greatest stadium” to host the party.
Thousands of kind words from around the world continue to pour in via social media, with a long list of celebrities also getting involved and RSVP’ing to the event. “Keep me posted about your dance party! Never be ashamed of yourself,” tweeted Pharell.
Susan Sarandon also wrote: “Hey @Dancingmanfound, dancing is a basic human right & I applaud your spirit. Dancing in my kitchen with you now. #DanceLikeNobodysWatching”
It seems that #DancingMan well and truly had the last laugh and is set to “out party us all.” Kick up your heels, dancing man! We can’t wait to see you bust some moves.
Image via The Daily Mail