Bullying has long been a major issue in society, and more prominently since the introduction of social media. It has affected an endless amount people for generations now and has unfortunately resulted in claiming the lives of many who have been victimized by this merciless act. Fortunately, there are those who come together to take a stand against this crime, preventing the further pain that targeted individuals unfortunately withstand. A bullied dancing man got the star treatment he deserved, after receiving the attention of the public following a hurtful post by a stranger.
Sean O’Brien, a 48-year-old England native, is the focus of a heartwarming story that began with an unexpected, insulting photo by an onlooker at a show. Dancing away joyfully and innocently, his photo was captured and posted online, with the caption “Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.” The picture shows the evidential contrast between the moment he boogied in confidence and the realization of when he was photographed. Bowing his head down in embarrassment, Sean brought his dancing to a halt, in obvious dismay and disappointment.
What followed this hurtful situation was nothing short of special. The photo found the attention of a group of women from Los Angeles, among them social activist Cassandra Fairbanks. Immediately wanting to step in and take action, Cassandra tweeted out “We would like to fly him out to LA for a VIP dance party with the coolest and most awesome ladies in LA, please help.”
Among the wave of responses and reactions that this triggered, were celebrities who wanted to join the call to action. Before he knew it, the entire west coast was trying to locate him and give him the recognition that he truly deserves. Flying out to California, what would transpire was something out of a dream for the inspiring dancing man.
Organized by members of the Dance Free Movement, festivities ensued to recognize the brave dancing man who touched the hearts of many. Over 1,000 people attended the private dance party that was held for Sean, in one of the more popular clubs in Los Angeles. The initiative raised money for anti-bullying charities, becoming a cause that would help not only Sean but many alike who have unfortunately been victimized by bullying.
Among those who came together to plan this uplifting event, were celebrities who decided to join in on the movement of raising Sean’s spirits. American Musician, Moby, tweeted out offering his DJ services for free to the dancing man, saying “no one should ever be ashamed about dancing”, as well as singer Meghan Trainor who danced with him on The Today Show. Sean even received the honour of throwing the first pitch at a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game, where they gifted him a custom jersey that said “Dancing Man” on the back. Also getting to meet the legendary Neil Diamond, he got the attention he genuinely deserved following the unwarranted bullying.
Today, Sean has over 64,000 followers on Twitter and memories of an experience of a lifetime. This should serve as an example to all who think of putting down somebody in any way, in a modern-day society that exemplifies activism and unison in the endeavour to defeat and conquer bullying. Have no fear and dance with cheer.
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