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It was a big day for anti-bullying and body positivity today on the gool ol’ internet.

Free Thought Project writer and prominent organizer in the fight against police brutality Cassandra Fairbanks took a stand against the body-shaming of this man by 4chan users, calling on fellow anti-bullying crusaders to help her track down the dancing man in the photo so she and a group of almost 2,000 other southern California women could throw him a huge, awesome dance party. They helped, he was found, and the party is on.


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“Dancing Man,” read the invite. “We don’t know much about you, but a photo on the internet suggested that you wanted to dance and were made to feel like you shouldn’t be.

We want to see you dance freely, and if you would have us, we would love to dance with you.

We are prepared to throw quite the dance party just for you, if you’d have us.

To be clear, it’s 1,727 of us. And we are all women.

If this isn’t appealing, we are ok with taking no for an answer, but we’d like you to know- the offer stands.

May we have this dance?”

Dancing Man’s real name is Sean and he lives in London. When he saw the invite and realized he was an overnight internet darling he immediately responded that he’d love to join Cassandra and co. in LA for a dance-off. Cue tears. Cue his bullies feeling like jerks and hopefully learning from their mistakes. Cue Pharrell asking for an invite to the party.

Never forget the day that #dancingman was found and the internet wept with tears of cyberjoy. The web may often feel like a breeding ground for hate, but its equally proven potential for viral positivity and support is a happy antidote.

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