No one ever tells you that one of motherhood‘s pure joys is embarrassing your children at every opportunity. It seems that one American mother got the memo – and decided to really run with it.
Twitter user @MarlaReynoldsC3 was apparently trying to support her son – but accidentally (on purpose, maybe) used the trending hashtag ‘HimToo’ – totally incorrectly.
“This is MY son,” she tweeted with a photo of her son, Pieter Hanson, in his navy uniform.
“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 attracted instant attention thanks to the hashtag, and went viral – forcing the poor mum to delete her Twitter account.
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
With the hashtag trending, Pieter spoke to BBC to explain what had happened.
“I’m not afraid to go on dates!” he said. “It’s my mum just being a little silly, I wouldn’t put too much thought into it.”
Alas, Twitter was uninterested in any sensible explanations, and the mocking tweets started to trend online.
This is MY son. He graduated #1 in his class at time travel school. He received an award thanks to his flux capacitor. He is a gentleman capable of going 88 miles per hour. He won’t go on solo dates because his mother made a pass at him at prom. I VOTE. #HimToo pic.twitter.com/EKTIVDeVHD
— Nina Bargiel (@slackmistress) October 9, 2018