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Dancing Man has the last laugh on cyber bullies after being turned into a minor celebrity in US

By Nick Clark

Published 26/05/2015

Attacked: Sean O’Brien was ridiculed online
Attacked: Sean O’Brien was ridiculed online

When he was mocked for dancing at a gig and then "fat shamed" by cyber bullies online, Sean O'Brien could never have imagined it would change his life for the better.

After spending the weekend dancing with celebrities after an outpouring of support which saw him flown to Los Angeles for a 1,000-strong party held in his honour, the Liverpudlian has most certainly had the last laugh.

Mr O'Brien (46) said the situation that has seen him transformed into a minor celebrity in the US, had been "surreal".

"It was daunting at first. I was a bit worried about how it happened but it's turned into the most wonderful journey," he told Good Morning Britain.

On Saturday he appeared on NBC's Today show and danced with pop star Meghan Trainor, before attending the party at the Avalon nightclub. Moby provided the music and he danced with celebrities including rocker Andrew WK and anti-bullying campaigner Monica Lewinsky, known for her affair with President Bill Clinton.

He also threw the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game between the LA Dodgers and the San Diegeo Padres on Sunday.

Mr O'Brien said after the party: "A last massive thanks to all those who were there last night to help make it so memorable and everyone who has supported and followed for the last two months to help make it happen."

In March cyber bullies posted a photo of Mr O'Brien dancing at a gig in the UK, then another of him looking unhappy after being ridiculed. The anonymous troll who posted the picture wrote: "Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing."

What started with abuse soon changed to support around the world, especially in the US. Writer Cassandra Fairbanks was among those who searched for the "Dancing Man". The search went viral. After finding Mr O'Brien, Ms Fairbanks got a group together to fly him to California for a series of events.

The hosts of Today asked if he danced regularly, and he jokingly replied: "I dance a lot, but badly, very badly." They then brought out Trainor who danced with him.

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