Navy Vet Whose Mom’s ‘HimToo’ Tweet Went Viral: ‘Doesn’t Represent Me At All’

October 9, 2018 11:19 a.m.

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.

“It doesn’t represent me at all,” Hanson told the Post. “I love my mom to death, but boy. … I’m still trying to wrap my head around all this.”

Hanson’s mother claimed in a tweet, featuring a photo of her son in his Navy uniform, that Hanson was afraid to go on solo dates “due to the current climate of false sexual accusations.” The #HimToo hashtag has been trending in recent days as Trump and others within his party go on the offensive over the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, suggesting men are living in precarious times because of the #MeToo movement.

“This is MY son,” she wrote. “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.”

The tweet, which Hanson found out about while he was taking a marketing test, according to the Post, triggered an expected degree of mockery online.

Hanson, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, told the Post he doesn’t support the #HimToo movement and thinks of himself as an ally of those who have come forward in the #MeToo era. In response to his mother’s tweet, which has since been deleted, Hanson created his own Twitter account, with a profile image that mocked the Navy picture his mom tweeted out, to counter the narrative. His handle is @Thatwasmymom.

He told the Post he wanted to “turn a negative into a positive” and is using the new platform to tweet pictures of his cats and encourage his followers to donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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