Mortified Navy Vet Gently Corrects Mom's #HimToo Tweet That He's Afraid to Go on 'Solo Dates'

Parents' and kids' political views don't always align — a fact that one mortified son yelled from the internet mountain tops after his mom's misrepresenting tweet about him went viral

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Parents’ and kids’ political views don’t always align — a fact that one mortified son yelled from the internet mountain tops after his mom’s misrepresenting tweet about him went viral.

In a since-deleted post, a mother with the Twitter handle @BlueStarNavyMom3 wrote that her Navy veteran son, Pieter Hanson, “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”. She also shared a photo of Hanson in Navy garb, including a white hat and neck tie.

It wasn’t long before the tweet spiraled into meme territory, with Twitter users borrowing the mom’s language to jokingly describe other people as their “son,” including Jack Nicholson‘s character in The Shining, Rick Astley, Guy Fieri and Bradley Whitford.

Then, Hanson’s brother Jon stepped in to clarify that his mother’s tweet was inaccurate. “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,” he wrote before adding, “My mom is crazy. She just loves attention. Guess she got it.” Jon added that Pieter is not scared to date in the current climate and that his mom “made it up.”

But it was the Navy vet himself who had the final word on the matter, thanks to his own viral tweet.

“That was my Mom. Sometimes the people we love do things that hurt us without realizing it,” he explained alongside a picture of himself in civilian clothes mimicking the same pose he’s making in his mom’s photo. “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.”

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Hanson spoke to The Washington Post about finding himself at the center of a veritable internet controversy.

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

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