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,
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.
She was as surprised as anyone to see how quickly the idea took off. Soon, hundreds were tweeting #FindDancingMan.
Fairbanks was happy to provide a formal invitation to a 1,727-woman dance party.
And then the amateur sleuths of Internet succeeded, placing the dancing man in London.
Fairbanks was overjoyed to learn 4chan hadn't killed his spirit. He was still ready to get his groove on.
The dedication of this friend group wiped out the ugliness caused by 4chan's post.
The Dancing Man (also known as Sean) is warming up already.