An American mother’s attempt to use her son in support of the #HimToo counter-campaign has not quite gone to plan, with it firstly shot down by her own sons and then lampooned by the rest of the world.
Brandishing the hashtag #HimToo — which has become more prominent in recent weeks as Brett Kavanaugh has sought to overcome allegations of sexual assault to seal a place on the Supreme Court — the mother said her Navy son had become so scared of false accusations from women, he had forgone dating altogether.
The tweet by @MarlaReyoldsC3 has since been deleted — as has the entire account. (Twitter: @MarlaReynoldsC3)
The tweet, and account, has since been deleted.
Originally posted on Saturday, the tweet started to gain traction early this week.
But even while it was still making waves online, some Twitter mythbusting had begun to take place from within the family.
Jon Hanson tweet: My brother is trending on twitter because of my moms ridiculous tweet. I’m a mixture of laughing hard and feeling bad for him. #HimToo
Jon Hanson, brother to the Navy man in question Pieter, managed to find the humour in the situation, confirming that his mum “made it up”.
Jon said his brother was a little upset at becoming an unsuspecting viral sensation at first, but the man himself soon moved to set the record straight.
Pieter Hanson tweet: 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.
And while the Hanson family had inadvertently become online celebrities, the rest of the internet had well and truly moved on to putting its own spin on the whole episode.
Luna Malbroux tweet: 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
C0MRAD3 CAT tweet: This is my son. He’s never gonna give you up. He’s never gonna let you down. He’s never gonna run around and desert you. He’s never gonna make you cry. He’s never gonna say goodbye. He’s never gonna tell a lie and hurt you. #HimToo
Zack Bornstein tweet: This is MY sun. He graduated #1 in THE SOLAR SYSTEM. He is a star who respects planets. He won’t go on solo orbits because his gravitational pull is so strong that one day he will explode! I VOTE. #HimToo
Mike Drucker tweet: 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
Spencer Rothbell tweet: This is MY son. He graduated #1 from the University of Steaming Hams. He won’t go on unforgettable luncheons due to the current climate of false accusations of disguising Krusty Burgers as his own cooking. I VOTE. #HimToo