After an overweight man was body shamed at a party for dancing in public, an anonymous person took that ridicule a step further and posted a split shot of the incident on message board 4Chan, according to Buzzfeed.
"Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week," the poster wrote. "He stopped when he saw us laughing." In the photo the man appears to dance in one shot and is looking down at the floor, embarrassed in another.
Someone who saw the photo posted a screenshot of it on the site Imgur under the name FrozenBadger, and labeled it 'Why I Hate Children.' "I find this behavior f**king despicable. If you're out there big man, f**k those kids. Keep dancing," the user wrote.
Imgur commenters were also outraged by 4Chan's post, and one – Cassandra Fairbanks – decided to do something about it. She launched a Twitter campaign to #FindDancingMan in hope that she could make up for the bullying.
"I decided to tweet it and our offer in the hopes if he did see it, he would see something positive instead of a bunch of people upset," she told Buzzfeed. Not long after, he did, tweeting to her under his new Twitter handle @dancingmanfound.
Anyone know this man or who posted this? There's a huge group of ladies in LA who would like to do something special pic.twitter.com/DGbu3AXOrB- Cassandra (@CassandraRules) March 5, 2015
GoFundMe page for his trip and dance party has already raised $30,000 (the goal was 20,000), so he won't have to pay to get there.
"The outpouring of support for #dancingman has moved our group beyond words," the group posted on the GoFundMe page when they first started their efforts. "We found our man and the next step is bringing him to LA for the dance party of a lifetime! Again, thank you for all of your support our minds are blown and we are so happy to make a difference for #dancingman and anyone else out there who has experienced this type of pain or ridicule. Now...LET'S DANCE!"
The group said proceeds not used for the #dancingman dance party will be donated to an anti-bullying campaign, and they also started a Facebook page where people can leave positive messages for him and anyone else.
Since the campaign began, stars like Pharrell have also chimed in with their support.:
We can't wait to see this party go down. What an awesome campaign.
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