Remember the man who was bullied for dancing a few months ago? He just had the party of a lifetime.
In March 2015, after pictures intended to mock a man named Sean O’Brien went viral, a group of anti-bullying advocates decided to right that wrong.
Pictures of O’Brien made their way around sites Reddit and 4chan in an all-too-common example of anonymous cyberbullying.
What do you do for someone shamed for dancing? You throw him the world’s best dance party, obviously.
O’Brien even found himself with some celebrity support.
More than $40,000 was crowdfunded to host the party and fly O’Brien in from the U.K.
All additional funds went to anti-bullying organization
The Cybersmile Foundation.
On May 24, O’Brien was joined by celebrities, anti-bullying advocates, and supporters in what has to be one of the world’s most amazing dance parties.
But that’s not all!
While he was in town, O’Brien stopped by “The Today Show,” where he danced with Meghan Trainor, and threw out the first pitch at a Dodgers game.
Pretty much on-target there, Sean!
Hopefully this is the start of a much larger trend of standing up for people who are bullied, and for treating each other with a bit more respect.
Sadly, the vast majority of people targeted by bullies online won’t get a dance party and a celebrity-filled tour of L.A. in exchange for the trauma they endure. But Sean’s story gives me hope. While a dance party might seem small on the larger scale of things, it’s always wonderful to see people speaking up to protect those of us in need.
Check out AJ+’s recap of Sean O’Brien’s epic dance party for a rundown of some of the other celebrities in attendance.
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