Embarrassed Son Quickly Responds Offering His Applause to Hilarious Twitter Memes
The mother of Navy veteran Pieter Hanson took to Twitter on Saturday. In a post likely created to stir up a little controversy (it’s since been deleted), she may have expected her use of #HimToo to go viral. But, perhaps not for reasons it ultimately did.
“”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. 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 read.
While you might expect, in today’s politically charged climate, that her words and the #HimToo hashtag would have garnered a lot of angry attention, perhaps some of America was ready to laugh a little on social media. Twitter’s response wasn’t angry at all, in fact. Instead, though, it was chock full of mockery, spawning a variety of “This is MY son” memes. And it wasn’t long before her sons had plenty to say, too.
Pieter Hanson, the son featured posing in his Navy uniform in the tweet, created an account titled @thatwasmymom. His first 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.”
And, of course, Pieter’s sibling Jon couldn’t resist the urge to chime in on his brother’s new fame as well.
Pieter explained to the Washington Post that he could only speculate why his mom chose to write the post. But, he laughingly noted that “becoming internet famous is the best way to force people to look at pictures of your cats.”
Some of the memes poked fun of Pieter’s picture like this one that added in a lollipop.
Others, though, most enjoyed the “This is MY son” portion of the post sharing “MY son” tweets of their own. Like this one of Guy Fieri, for example.
Or this one from a Mom, who made us giggle.
The favorite of many in the Twitterverse (shared thousands of times!), was this one from a tongue-in-cheek scientist perhaps?
Anyway, we all know social media can be a pretty rough and polarizing place sometimes. Occasionally, it’s nice to see people react with humor rather than vitriol.