Hollywood happy endings oftentimes aren't based in reality — though they'd like us to think so — but for one Liverpool man, dreams did come true, Tinseltown-style. Better known by his Internet moniker "Dancing Man," Sean O'Brien had a star-studded Hollywood celebration with the likes of Moby, Monica Lewinsky, Pharrell Williams, Andrew WK and some 1,000 supporters.
In case you missed it, O'Brien was body-shamed on social media after Internet trolls posted a video of him dancing with the caption: "Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing." The video made the rounds on the Internet, prompting a wave of verbal abuse.
It was eventually spotted by Cassandra Fairbanks, a writer at The Free Thought Project, who decided to do something remarkable to counter all the online bullying. She and a group of women set out on an Internet hunt dubbed #FindDancingMan to invite O'Brien to a VIP dance party in Los Angeles.
Once found, O'Brien was flown out to Los Angeles from his London home for an exclusive celebration — but not before making an appearance on "The Today Show" in New York, where he danced with "All About That Bass" singer Meghan Trainor.
Andrew WK, a singer who has made a career from a love for (positive) partying, told the crowd at the event:
"Probably one of the worst things that ever happened to Sean – or that I can imagine happening to anybody – has turned out to probably be one of the best things that has ever happened to him."
Moby — who previously tweeted an offer to DJ at O'Brien's party for free — and vocal anti-bullying advocate Monica Lewinsky also attended the party.
If O'Brien thought that that was the apex of the experience, he was also granted the throwing of the symbolic first pitch at a Dodgers game on Sunday.
O'Brien told Good Morning Britain:
"It was daunting at first. I was a bit worried about how it all happened but it's turned into the most wonderful journey, I've met some of the most wonderful people you can imagine. It's been truly life-changing."
And to top it all off, he met with burlesque queen Dita Von Teese, and the two lunched on tacos.
Fairytale ending? Hollywood couldn't have done it better.