'That was my Mom': Navy mother's #HimToo tweet backfires badly

'That was my Mom': Navy mother's #HimToo tweet backfires badly

THE proud mother of a US Navy veteran has unwittingly embarrassed her son on a global scale, after her post about his struggled in a #MeToo world went viral.

Pieter Hanson, whose mother's "MY son" tweet went viral and prompted an onslaught of memes over the weekend, told the Washington Post he was disoriented and mortified when he found out that he'd become the poster boy of the #HimToo movement online.

The hashtag #HimToo was spawned by supporters of Brett Kavanaugh amid the U.S. politician's Supreme Court hearing regarding allegations of sexual assault - a reaction to the #MeToo movement.

On Oct. 6, Hanson's mother shared a cheesy photo of her son in uniform explaining he "respects women" but avoids taking them on dates because of "the current climate of false sexual accusations by radical feminists with an axe to grind." Hmm.

A mother has been ridiculed for posting a tweet in which she claimed her son did not go on solo dates over fears of "false sexual accusations". He is a gentleman who respects women.

His brother had earlier come to his defence, saying: "My mom is insane, he never said any of those things".

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Early Tuesday morning, Hanson got on Twitter for the first time to create an account and to clarify that he does not support this strain of the #HimToo movement. Among the best: the centre of our solar system, Norman Bates, Napoleon Dynamite and Brett Kavanaugh himself.

"It doesn't represent me at all", said Hanson, who is studying entrepreneurship with plans to open his own brewery. "I'm still trying to wrap my head around all this".

While some tried to use the situation to fan the flames of the #HimToo movement, the conversation quickly turned in favour of Pieter, with many from the Navy community sharing embarrassing situations involving their mothers while they were on duty.

The #HimToo hashtag is not brand new. "I still love her. When it was lifted, my First Sergeant announced in front of my company that I needed to call my mum". "She said she is calling the police". So he took to Twitter to share his side of the story using the pitch-perfect handle @Thatwasmymom.

"This is MY son", users wrote on Twitter, accompanied by mostly pop culture-related images such as Guy Fieri, SpongeBob and Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense, and Buster Bluth from Arrested Development. Thank you for service - in the Navy & in these parts.

"We know this isn't you", said another.

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