Dancing man beats the bullies
In a story worthy of a Hollywood movie, a man who was publicly humiliated after photos of him dancing appeared online with anonymous comments, has been centre of attention at an LA party thrown in his honour.
Sean O’Brien, from London, became known as ‘Dancing Man’ after the images of him dancing at a gig were posted online along with comments claiming that Sean had stopped dancing when laughed at by people nearby.
Twitter fights back
LA’s Cassandra Fairbanks was so appalled by this cowardly act of bullying that she decided to do something about it. After a search on Twitter to find Sean, Cassandra and friends started to raise money to fly him out to California for the party of a lifetime. They quickly raised almost $50,000 dollars and celebrities such as Pharrell Williams, Moby and Monika Lewinsky added their support by promising to attend the party.
All the money raised by the event, at which Sean was the star and centre of attention, will be donated to anti-bullying campaigns in the US. The party also saw Lewinsky, an advocate of anti-bullying charities, give a speech about why we should be working together to rid society of this scourge.
Why bullying should never be tolerated
Ultimately, we’re all different, and nobody should ever be discouraged from dancing or having fun because of their size, shape, skin colour, religion or ability. Anti-bullying campaigning goes hand in hand with similar movements for equal rights for disabled people, including facilities provision and safety measures, such as evac chairs and ramps.
This really was a good news story and will hopefully show the kinds of people that try and humiliate folks like Sean online that their behaviour won’t be tolerated by the rest of us.
Sean’s brilliant night out
During the party, held at Avalon nightclub in LA, Sean spent the night dancing with hundreds of women, including Monika Lewinsky. After the party at which Moby played a DJ set, Sean told the Daily Mail: ‘I’ve never danced so much, it’s been the best night of my life, unbelievable.’