Cassandra Fairbanks and Hope Leigh started what is now a worldwide phenomenon with a goodwill venture that started on Twitter, then became the trending topic on the social site.
It started after a 4Chan user posted this picture with the caption, “spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.”
The man was fat-shamed by a troll.
“When I first saw it, it was just heartbreaking,” Fairbanks said.
“When you see this picture. It just strikes a note as someone who wanted to have fun and somebody ruined that,” Leigh said.
So she took to her Twitter account and the response was amazing.
So they set out to help a stranger and invited friends over late Thursday night. Cassandra made a simple tweet to find the man and it exploded in popularity.
The hashtag #dancingman became the top trending topic on Twitter. In hours, their search was over.
“We assumed he lived in America. To find him Europe made it a little bit more of a production,” Leigh said.
His name is Sean and he lives in London. Originally, the plan was to fly Sean to Los Angeles and have him be the only man partying with the 1,700 members of the all women’s group, GNI.
“There’s a whole army of women behind us ready to dance with him,” Leigh said.
The hashtag was noticed by stars like Moby and Pharrell Williams and the Los Angeles Coliseum even offered their services free of charge on Twitter.
It gets better.
So far, $32, 312 worth of donations have poured in at GoFundMe.
It addition, Leigh said they have, “…a lot of endorsements and sponsorship opportunities we have to sort through.”
“He messaged me an hour ago and he was like, ‘I haven’t stopped smiling in 24 hours.'” Fairbanks said. “I hope people realize how easy it is to do something good. I didn’t even leave my couch and look at what happened.”
Just woke up to be greeted with so many more kind words. Big thanks again and am sure the charity will appreciate it as well. Thanks again
— Dancing Man (@Dancingmanfound) March 7, 2015
Dancing Man’s new Twitter account now has over 51,600 followers. Donations have poured in and now, he has thousands of women that want to dance with him. It doesn’t get better than that.
As for the troll, ‘sources say’ he’s hiding out somewhere all alone.
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