Mom posts #HimToo message about how her son is scared to go on solo dates, and awkwardly gets bashed by him
A mother from Oklahoma inadvertently made her son a meme on the Internet when she tweeted a photo of her son and claimed he is very afraid of going on dates with women because of being falsely accused by them of sexual assault. Marla Reynolds posted the image of her son, Pieter Hanson, on Twitter after the massive battle for Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination came to a close causing some Republicans to claim men are now afraid of being falsely accused of sexual assault.
Along with the photo, she wrote in the caption: "He won't go on solo dates due to the current climate of false accusations by radical feminists with an axe to grind. I VOTE #HimToo." Even though it wasn't in the way the mother had hoped it would gain attention, the tweet did go viral and #HimToo was trending on the social media site. Many users immediately started commenting on the tweet with their own versions of her post but with the glaring differences being pictures featuring the likes of Norman Bates, pet cats, and even Rick Astley! Thankfully, Pieter saw the funny side of his sudden fame on Twitter and also uploaded a picture of himself in the same pose.
Pieter wrote as the caption on his post: "I respect and believe women. I never have and never will support #HimToo." The hashtag became quite popular on the social media site during Kavanaugh's fight to get his position in the Supreme Court confirmed while he denied all allegations of sexual misconduct, the three women who accused him of, had ever taken place. Many supporters claimed mothers of sons should be worried about women making false accusations against men, that cannot be proven and that could ruin lives.
Marla, though well-intentioned but hilariously off the mark, decided to join in and posted the picture of her son saying: "This is MY son. 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." She did not really get the response she was looking for and has now deleted her account after a slew of hilarious memes started appearing mocking her post.
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
One user on the site put up a picture of Norman Bates, the main character from Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho who was known to have kept his dead mother's skeleton at the family motel, along with the caption: "This is MY son. He knows a boy's best friend is his mother,' she said. 'He won't go on solo dates due to the current climate of false accusations by radical anti-shower stabbing feminists."
Another user shared an image of their pet cat saying he "won't go on solo dates due to the current climate of women not dating cats". Famous 80s singer Rick Astley also appeared in a few of the posts and promised he is "never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you".
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 pic.twitter.com/uZsEDaeTlo— C0MRAD3 CAT 🌹 🇲🇽 (@c0mrad3cat) October 9, 2018
Pieter's brother told Huffington Post their mother had "good intentions" with the post she put up but that he had never told her he was scared to date. He said: "He’s actually a big supporter of women’s rights among other things. An upstanding guy in the community, and everyone that knows him loves him. He at first was very upset but is now taking it in stride and laughing about how mom went viral."