In the past 24 hours, the Internet has blown up with people searching for the Dancing Man all because of a month-old 4chan post in which someone shamed an overweight person dancing at a club.
Last month, a 4chan user posted photos of a larger man dancing at a club with the caption: “Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.”
Most people were outraged that the user would make fun of someone who was just trying to have some fun, so to get back at the bully, Twitter user Cassandra Fairbanks decided to use the power of social media to track down the man. Fairbanks started a Twitter campaign to try to find him, and quickly, the hashtag #FindDancingMan started trending.
“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,” Fairbanks told BuzzFeed News.
Thousands of women from all over the world started their search for the Dancing Man as the campaign started to gain traction online. By Friday morning, the mystery man was found. The guy came forward on Twitter, and now, he and Fairbanks are in contact and are currently making plans to meet.
“I spoke to him, he's free in a couple weeks, he's currently in Kiev,” Fairbanks tweeted, “but we are planning the best party ever."
The moral of the story? If you bully someone online, the power of the Internet will make you look like a fool.