The debate about sexual assault has taken a rather amusing turn. One mother, hoping to stick up for her son, decided to speak on his behalf, and she did so via social media. She claimed he was afraid of dating, all becasue of the potential backlash of false accusations. Her son posted a response of his own. Then the internet weighed in.
“In response to the uproar surrounding Judge Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court,” The Daily Mail writes, “Marla Reynolds from Oklahoma shared an image on Twitter of her 32-year-old son Pieter Hanson posing in his Navy uniform.”
While what Marla Reynolds wrote is at the core of the debate, the photo is really what caught people’s attention. Pieter is a Navy vet.
“This is MY son,” the doting mother 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.”
Some of the comments that the post received suggested that the mother may be a bit clueless. They featured other clueless mothers, too.
The retelling of some famous stories quickly took center stage.
The attention helped push the original message into the news cycle. Like many messages before it, it was then deleted.
“This is MY son. He knows a boy’s best friend is his mother,” she said. “He knows a boy’s best friend is his mother. He won’t go on solo dates due to the current climate of false accusations by radical anti shower stabbing feminists.”
After the image went viral, Pieter responded.
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
“That was my mom,” he wrote. “Sometimes the people we love do things that hurt us without realizing it. Let’s turn this around. I respect and believe women. 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.”
Pieter’s brother Jon talked to reporters. “He’s actually a big supporter of women’s rights among other things. An upstanding guy in the community, and everyone that knows him loves him,” he said.
“He at first was very upset but is now taking it in stride and laughing about how mom went viral.”