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Mom’s disastrous ‘This is MY son’ tweet turns into hilarious meme

What the heck is a 'solo date' anyway?


Stacey Ritzen

Internet Culture

Published Oct 9, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 4:37 am CDT

Over the weekend, a woman who went by “BlueStarNavyMom3” tweeted a photo of a smiling, good-looking young man in a Navy uniform, posing for the camera. “This is MY son,” she wrote.

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“He graduated #1 in boot camp,” she continued. “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.”

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By Monday afternoon, the tweet had gone full-blown viral, with The Ratio out of control and many people mocking both the tweet and the apparent fragile masculinity of the sailor in the photo.

But there was just one problem. The mother had apparently been consuming too much Fox News, because the man in the photo—who has now been identified as 32-year-old Pieter Hanson—is indeed a Navy veteran but had been horrifyingly misrepresented in his mother’s tweet.

Late Monday night, Hanson created his own Twitter account to clarify that the woman who posted his photo on Twitter was his mother, however, he is in no way affiliated with the #HimToo movement and that he believes and supports women.

“Also, Twitter, your meme game is on point,” Hanson added, because in addition to his mother making him go viral, he had also become a full-blown meme.

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“This is MY son,” users wrote on Twitter, accompanied by mostly pop culture-related images such as Guy Fieri, SpongeBob and Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense, and Buster Bluth from Arrested Development.

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And of course, someone made one out of Donald Trump Jr.

It just goes on and on…

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Reynolds has since deleted her tweet at the behest of her son, and now apparently is claiming that her account was hacked according to tweets from Hanson’s brother.

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Hanson, who is currently studying entrepreneurship at the University of Central Florida, told the Washington Post that he was confused by his mother’s tweet because she had always seemed progressive to him and his brother growing up.

When you take an overbearing mother and then factor in this crazy divided political landscape, however, anything goes. Either way, it doesn’t sound like Hanson seems like the kind of guy who needs help from his mom getting dates.

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*First Published: Oct 9, 2018, 9:03 am CDT