No one knows better than a parent how to embarrass their child.
For Pieter Hanson, a 32-year-old Navy vet, that reality came into sharp focus when a social media post made by his mother made him the unwitting face of the #HimToo movement — a conservative response to #MeToo, popularized during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, that claims that believing women means that men have to live in fear due to the risk of false sexual abuse accusations.
“This is MY son,” wrote Hanson’s mom in a now viral Twitter post that included a picture of Hanson in his Navy uniform. “He graduated #1 in boot camp. He was awarded the USO award. He was #1 in A school. He is a gentleman who respects women. He won’t go on solo dates due to the current climate of false sexual accusations by radical feminists with an axe to grind. I VOTE. #HimToo.”
For Hanson, who adamantly says he is not afraid of “solo dates,” would “never” support #HimToo, and that he is in fact is a strong supporter of the #MeToo movement, the situation was a nightmare that not even the military could have prepared him for.
“It doesn’t represent me at all,” said Hanson. “I love my mom to death, but boy … I’m still trying to wrap my head around all this.”
Hanson is still unsure as to why his mom, whom he admits has a tendency for bizarre “loose cannon” statements, decided to implicate him in her Twitter rant. As of Monday, he said he still was too upset with her to talk about it directly, but that he had asked his grandmother and younger brother to ask her to delete the tweet. His mother has since removed her account entirely, but countless mocking recreations of the Tweet — featuring everyone from TV chef Guy Fieri to Donald Trump Jr. — have continued to emerge.
This is MY son. He graduated #1 from the University of Flavortown. He was awarded three banging fajita poppers. He was #1 in flamin' hot crunch. He won't go on solo dates due to the current climate of false accusations of taking the last slice of pizza. I VOTE. #HimToo pic.twitter.com/4DY151a2W7
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) October 9, 2018
This is my son. He’s a large adult holding an enormous gun. Sometimes he kills elephants for fun. Is he even divorced yet? He thinks he’s the future of the Republican Party. He once dmed with Julian Assange. #HimToo pic.twitter.com/7Lt3EyDyI4
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) October 9, 2018
On Tuesday, Hanson created a Twitter profile — the aptly named @Thatwasmymom — to help try to “turn a negative into a positive.”
“That was my Mom,” wrote Hanson. “Sometimes the people we love do things that hurt us without realizing it. Let’s turn this around. I respect and #BelieveWomen. I never have and never will support #HimToo. I’m a proud Navy vet, Cat Dad and Ally. Also, Twitter, your meme game is on point.”
That was my Mom. Sometimes the people we love do things that hurt us without realizing it. Let’s turn this around. I respect and #BelieveWomen . I never have and never will support #HimToo . I’m a proud Navy vet, Cat Dad and Ally. Also, Twitter, your meme game is on point. pic.twitter.com/yZFkEjyB6L
— Pieter Hanson (@Thatwasmymom) October 9, 2018
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