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Thousands, celebs to throw dance party for man who was body-shamed online

One special London man named Sean will be treated to a very special dance party, thanks to online support after he was the victim of online body shaming.

It all started last month, when an anonymous 4chan user uploaded a picture of the man with text saying, "spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.” The image was since posted on Imgur, and from there spurred plenty of re-posting on social media, including Reddit and Twitter.

Among those who saw the photo was Cassandra Fairbanks, who decided that she would not only speak out in support of the complete stranger but do something special for him — throw Sean a dance party.

"I thought it was so horrible," Fairbanks told TODAY of seeing the photo. "I mean, anybody with any sense was horrified by this. It is wrong."

Along with her LA women's group, which has nearly 2,000 members, Fairbanks tweeted an invitation to a dance party, and a request to find the so-called "dancing man."

In only 12 hours, Twitter found Sean, using the hashtag #FindDancingMan.

"My first thought was, 'Wow, we've got to throw the best party ever!'" Fairbanks said, of realizing that Sean had been found.

Plenty of celebrities, including Pharrell and Ellie Goulding, have come out in support of the dancing man and his party.

The LA Coliseum agreed to host the event, which has already raised more than $30,000 online.

And the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board volunteered to pay for Sean's travel.

Sean, via his Twitter account, has said that he's keeping a low profile until he gets to LA.

While a date hasn't been set, it's sure to be a dance-fest to remember.

This story was originally published on March 8 at 8:47 a.m.

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