Let the man dance!
“If your friends don’t dance, then they’re no friends of mine.”-Men Without Hats
By now you may have heard of Dancing Man, Sean O’Brien. A picture of Sean went viral two weeks ago with the quote attached, “Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.”
I consider myself to be an equal opportunity dancer. This story has resonated in my mind since it was brought to my attention. We here at TD2BD live by the idea that everyone should have the right to rage. No matter what your size, shape, age, race, or technical ability, we throw our parties for everyone and anyone looking to let loose. We are all a little quirky, and we are all very different, which is what we pride ourselves on as a team.
Body shaming and bullying via the internet has become a serious issue in the last several years (as I’m sure we’ve all seen in the mainstream media). When the bullies who took this picture decided to post it, I’m positive that they didn’t intend for it to have the impact that it did. This picture wasn’t as amusing to the world as the original posters thought it would be. In fact, it elicited the exact opposite response.
When Twitter user Cassandra Fairbanks saw this picture, she launched the #FindDancingMan campaign. One person, who cared enough to reach out, started a viral movement that has echoed a much bigger message. Discrimination and public shaming are NOT COOL. Everyone should feel comfortable in their own bodies, no matter their physical appearance. We are all different, and that’s what makes us beautiful.
Not only has Dancing Man – Sean O’Brien – been found, he is going to be thrown a massive dance party on April 25th. The hashtag has sparked an initiative to bring body shaming awareness to the forefront in the media. Celebrities (including Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding, Andrew W.K., and more) have chimed in saying they want to help to back this event and join in on the celebration. Over $30,000 has been raised using GoFundMe to support Sean for being the awesome guy he is. The additional proceeds are being funneled to support foundations for bullying and suicide awareness.
The bottom line:
No matter how big or how small you may be, everyone should be allowed to party! We live in a world where an abundance of negativity is strewn at us through the media on a daily basis. Why should we add to the vitriol? What we ask of you is to celebrate your fellow partygoers – and everyone else as well. We are all human, we should all be able to dance freely, and we all need love. Let’s spread it people! Nothing brings out the positivity in people like a good, solid party.