How #DancingMan Is Bringing Awareness to CyberBullying

by
Julie Chung
Celebrities, bloggers, Twitter followers, and anti-cyberbully supporters celebrated in Hollywood with the dancing man Sean O'Brien this Saturday, to raise awareness of cyber-bullying.

#finddancingman

 

We all know how powerful social media can be. We've seen how it could be manipulated as such a dangerous and accessible medium for cyber bullies, such as in the case of Amanda Todd back in 2012 and the Tyler Clementi Case in 2010.

There's more than ample proof that social media can be used to do harm, but it's quite reassuring to see that people can use it for good too.

When a video of Sean O'Brien being bullied for dancing surfaced online earlier this March, writer Cassandra Fairbanks tweeted:

Cassandra Fairbanks tweeted

This one tweet started a huge movement that had celebrities like Dita Von Teese, DJ Moby, Tatyana Ali, and Monica Lewinsky come together to raise awareness of cyberbullying, and to celebrate with O'Brien at the Avalon in Hollywood this Saturday.

A Kickstarter campaign raised enough money to fly O'Brien out from London to Los Angeles so he could attend his party, and all the proceeds from the event were donated to anti-bullying campaigns.

"To the Twitter world…Thank you for being interested in making this what it is. So much good in the world we sometimes forget," said O'Brien, according to the LA Times.

Even after the countless cyber bully victim cases, not many changes have been implemented to really prevent incidents like these. Fairbanks took the matter into her own hands and with the help of her Twitter followers, they were able to #finddancingman to throw him an awesome, Hollywood party where he could dance to his heart's content without being judged.

Check out how Sean O'Brien partied at The Avalon Hollywood in style:

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