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Navy Vet Who Fell Victim to Mom’s Viral #HimToo Tweet Has Spun It Into A Positive



Pieter Hanson’s didn’t know what was happening when his phone began ringing furiously while he was in class taking a marketing exam earlier this week. He hurried through the test to find the reason for the disruption, but he wasn’t prepared for what he was about to discover.

Hanson’s Mom had posted a Tweet using a photo of him with a message including the hashtag #HimToo, and it was quickly going viral.

“This is MY son,” began his mom’s viral post, which featured a photograph of Hanson posing 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 and the associated account have been removed from Twitter, but has spurred a flurry of memes and parody posts

Hanson, in an interview with The Washington Post, explained that his problem with the tweet was that it did not represent his views. Hanson is a supporter of the #MeToo movement and #BelieveWomen and doesn’t align himself with the current representation of #HimToo.

#HimToo has gone through an evolution, according to Wired. The hashtag started in 2015 as way of including someone in a shared activity, for example, one could post ‘I’m Paddleboarding!’ and include #HimToo to include the person they are sharing the experience with, but it began to morph into a more associative meaning. It appeared during the 2016 election season as #I’mWithHer #HimToo, referring to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine. #HimToo was also adopted by supporters of then-candidate Donald Trump and used to associate Bill Clinton and Barack Obama in association with candidate Hillary Clinton using #LockHerUp #HimToo.

But the latest adaptation of #HimToo and the way that it was used in Hanson’s mom’s tweet is a counter punch to the #MeToo movement.

Despite his opposition to the views of his mom’s post, Hanson and his family are taking the moment in stride, and Hanson has turned the attention in a positive direction.

Hanson has forgiven his mother for the post and changed his Twitter handle to @Thatwasmymom, owning the moment.  Hanson has also asked his rapidly growing Twitter following to donate to charitable causes that have meaning to the family such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Make A Wish, as Hanson’s younger brother Cooper is a survivor of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.