On Sunday, Twitter user @BlueStarNavyMom3 decided to support new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh with a post about her son, identified in the tweet only by his photograph. Before she deleted her account, #HimToo took off on Twitter, and not in the way she apparently intended.
If you are seeing the #himtoo hashtag and are utterly confused as to why so many people are posting photos of men who are clearly NOT their sons with the same text copy/pasted, this is what started it.
@MarlaReynoldsC3 has since deleted her account. pic.twitter.com/Q5XPj2I9Fe
— Holly Fιɢυeroα O’Reιlly (@AynRandPaulRyan) October 8, 2018
“This is MY son,” the No. 3 Blue Star Navy Mom wrote. “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.” There were parodies posts starring serial killers, sitcom characters, Michael J. “Marty McFly” Fox, presidential sons, and others. And then a user named Jon Hanson — claiming to be the brother of the sailor, with photographic evidence — piped up Monday night and said their mom is “crazy” and his brother does go on solo dates.
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 pic.twitter.com/YG93x9ikii
— Jon Hanson (@DancinJonHanson) October 9, 2018
Finally, Pieter Hanson learned he was trending on Twitter, created an account named @Thatwasmymom, and set the story straight.
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
Because this is social media, there’s always a chance this is a really elaborate, very clever hoax. And because this is 2018, it probably isn’t.
Source:: The Week – Lifestyle