An anonymous online bully tried to shame Sean O’Brien in February by posting his picture along with the hateful comment, “spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.” Many people, including celebrities like Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding, and Moby, quickly came to his defense. Cassandra Fairbanks began an internet search to find him, and has organized a dance party in his honor, which will take place at L.A. Memorial Coliseum this weekend. O’Brien visited the Today Show to discuss his experience and the epic party, which has raised more than $40,000 for the anti-cyber-bullying organization The Cybersmile Foundation in London.
“It’s completely surreal. It’s something I never thought would happen to me. It’s completely amazing. There’s so many good people out there in the world, and what did happen to me, it touched a lot of nerves. The more we can do and the better we can do [against] cyber-bullying is fantastic.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 22, 2015
O’Brien got a big surprise when Meghan Trainor showed up on the plaza to dance with him. He was hesitant initially, but when Meghan hugged him and told him he was amazing, he broke out his famous moves.
Meghan Trainor is proud that her body-positive anthem “All About That Base” has helped fans feel beautiful in their own skin. The pop star talked to Daily Mail in March about how shocking it is that her hit has made such a difference in the lives of so many.
“There is a study in the States that found the number of girls who hate their bodies has doubled. My three-minute song has helped a lot of people. It’s shocking that it only took a three-minute song. One father came up to me after a show and said, ‘You saved my daughter’s life.’ It’s incredible, it’s crazy. It’s been an epic year.”
Trainor also feels the song helped her overcome some of her own insecurities. The 21-year-old says singing the words over and over, and knowing she’s become a role model, forced her to learn to love herself.
“While writing that song I was still insecure. I realized that out of all the thousands of songs I’ve written none of them have been about my body or insecurities. “All About That Bass” was the first time I’d ever talked about it. When I started performing it, seeing the reactions, I started to feel confident and to love myself more. So this song helped me as much as it helped other girls.”
Meghan Trainor and “Dancing Man” were the perfect pair to team-up against body-shamers as they celebrated self-love today. James Brown once said, “The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.” Although Sean O’Brien jokes he dances “a lot, but badly. Very, very badly,” he showed the world how true Brown’s words are.
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