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Dancing Man who was fat-shamed gets dance party hosted by Fairbanks and Coconut Oil Friendship Club

Sean, known as the Dancing Man, was recently

Sean, known as the Dancing Man, was recently dancing at a nightclub when he was fat-shamed. The photo was originally posted on 4chan. Credit: Cassandra Fairbank's Twitter

The Internet came together this week to combat online bullying and body-shaming after a 4chan member uploaded a photo of an overweight man dancing at a nightclub.  

"Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week," wrote the member on 4chan. "He stopped when he saw us laughing."  

Cassandra Fairbanks, a writer for The Free Thought Project, saw the photo online and posted a screenshot of the photos on her Twitter account.

"Anyone know this man or who posted this? There's a huge group of ladies in LA who would like to do something special," Fairbanks wrote.

Fairbanks and Coconut Oil Friendship Club, a group of 1,727 women from Los Angeles, extended an invitation to the Dancing Man for a dance party.   

The search to #FindDancingMan began, and within 24 hours, he surfaced online. Sean opened up the Twitter account @Dancingmanfound to respond to the invitation.  

"Cassandra just seen invite and would love to join you in LA for a dance off!!" Sean tweeted March 6.  "Massive thanks to all and what a party in waiting!"

The Coconut Oil Friendship Club has raised more than $35,000 for the party through an online fundraising campaign on GoFundMe. All proceeds not used for the dance party will be donated to an anti-bullying campaign, according to the GoFundMe page.

Pharrell Williams, Moby, Ellie Goulding, Cher Lloyd and Susan Sarandon all showed their support of the Dancing Man.

"I offer my dj services for free for #DancingMan," tweeted musician and DJ Moby. "No one should ever be ashamed about dancing."  

Pharrell Williams and Cher Lloyd tweeted that they want to attend the dance party.  

"I want to dance with #dancingman and play at the party," tweeted British artist Ellie Goulding.  

"Dancing is a basic human right and I applaud your spirit," tweeted actor Susan Sarandon.  "Dancing in my kitchen with you now."

The Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board offered to cover Sean's travel expenses on Twitter last Saturday, and the LA Memorial Coliseum agreed to host the party.

"We would love to donate the 'world's greatest stadium' for the worlds greatest dance party!" LA Memorial Coliseum tweeted.  

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