Man Body-Shamed For Dancing Now Has 2,000 Women Who Want To Party With Him

by Emily Arata

When 4chan users tried to bring an overweight man down, one young woman and her 2,000 closest friends were there to lift his spirits.

A February 13 post to the notoriously cruel Internet forum showed two photos of a large man at some kind of bar or club, with a caption noting the "specimen" had been "trying to dance" but abruptly stopped when he caught the photographer and friends laughing at his expense.

The post made its way to Imgur, where user FrozenBadger captioned it "Why I Hate Children," adding,

I find this behavior f*cking despicable. If you're out there big man, f*ck those kids. Keep dancing.

The post received more than 17,000 upvotes. BuzzFeed reports Cassandra Fairbanks, a Southern California-based writer, then saw the photos and hatched a brilliant idea.

To protest the blatant body-shaming of a man just trying to have fun, Fairbanks decided to put together a dance party in celebration of the man.

With the help of all her girlfriends, Fairbanks spread #FindDancingMan across social media.

Thanks to the power of the Internet, this man will finally have his chance to dance.

The original 4chan post mocked the man's attempt at dancing.

So, Cassandra Fairbanks set out to find him.

Anyone know this man or who posted this? There's a huge group of ladies in LA who would like to do something special — Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 5, 2015
We would like to fly him to LA for a VIP dance party with the coolest and most awesome ladies in la, please help. — Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 5, 2015

She was as surprised as anyone to see how quickly the idea took off. Soon, hundreds were tweeting #FindDancingMan.

I really didn't expect that tweet to go so far. — Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 6, 2015
This dude has no idea what we have in store if we find him. Thank you internet for restoring faith in humanity ❤️❤️ — Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 6, 2015

Fairbanks was happy to provide a formal invitation to a 1,727-woman dance party.

To #DancingMan.. @xorachelflies @TziporahMetler @HOPELEIGHMUSIC @isthisrita @lysee_love @FeliciaaBro @stephaniefilo — Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 6, 2015

And then the amateur sleuths of Internet succeeded, placing the dancing man in London.

@MaxTaucer @CassandraRules is this him? #FindDancingMan possibly spotted in London? — Robert A. Pabich (@RobertAPabich) March 6, 2015
Let's hope he accepts!!!! @globalhighfive — Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 6, 2015

Fairbanks was overjoyed to learn 4chan hadn't killed his spirit. He was still ready to get his groove on.

We did it! We have found Dancing Man!!!! #FindDancingMan #dancefree HE ACCEPTED!!! Time to plan a party!!!!!! — Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 6, 2015
YAY TWITTER!!! @Dancingmanfound #FindDancingMan ❤️❤️❤️ We are going to dance!!! — Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 6, 2015
The internet is amazing. Thank you everyone who helped to put us in touch. We are now working on the greatest party ever. ❤️❤️❤️ — Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 6, 2015
PS his name is Sean — Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 6, 2015

The dedication of this friend group wiped out the ugliness caused by 4chan's post.

Wow. I am all sorts of emotional about how magical the internet is. I am never usually this sappy. — Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 6, 2015
I am so thankful to be part of the most amazing group of girls. This is going to be epic. #DANCEFREE #gnitilidie — Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 6, 2015
Thank you all, I'm really trying to respond, but I haven't slept in two nights. Thank you so so much for helping find our dance partner ❤️✊ — Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 6, 2015
It wasn't just me you guys. Twitter totally made sure there was a happy ending here. — Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 6, 2015

The Dancing Man (also known as Sean) is warming up already.

@CassandraRules @MaxTaucer Dancing Man in training — Dancing Man (@Dancingmanfound) March 6, 2015

Citations: After People Tried To Body Shame This Guy Dancing At A Concert Something Amazing Happened (BuzzFeed)