An Attempt to Criticize #MeToo Backfired on This Florida Mom

How a #HimToo post became a Twitter meme.

#MeToo hashtag, is the campaign encouraging women to denounce experiences of sexual abuse. (BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands of Twitter users piled joke after joke on top of a post by a Florida woman who attempted to make her unwitting son the poster child of the #HimToo movement.

“This is MY son,” she wrote above the picture of the smiling uniformed man, according to The Guardian. “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 hashtag #HimToo originally began as a way for men to share their own experiences with sexual assault, but now, it has become something of a reactionary response to the #MeToo movement, propagated by those who say false accusations of rape against men are very common and a threat to men everywhere.

The photo, posted by a woman with the username BlueStarNavyMom3, was quickly turned into a meme by other Twitter users.

Pieter Hanson, the man in the original photo, was taking a test when his phone started going off repeatedly. When he checked it, he realized was was happening. He told The Washington Post that he was confused and “dumbfounded” because what his mom wrote does not resemble him at all.

“It doesn’t represent me at all,” he said, according to The Guardian. “I love my mom to death, but boy … I’m still trying to wrap my head around all this.”

Hanson’s brother eventually saw what was going on and got involved in order to defend his brother.

And Pieter, who hadn’t had a Twitter account up until this point, finally got one in order to explain himself, using the appropriately named account @thatwasmymom.

He went on to try to use his viral fame to do some good, and posted about his younger brother, a childhood survivor of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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