An overenthusiastic mother has become a target for mockery after tweeting a snap of her son, claiming he’s afraid to go on dates for fear of being accused of sexual assault.
In response to the uproar surrounding Judge Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court, Marla Reynolds from Oklahoma shared an image on Twitter of her 32-year-old son Pieter Hanson posing in his Navy uniform.
She claimed that Pieter ‘won’t go on solo dates due to the current climate of false accusations’ against men — but upon seeing the young man’s cheeky, chin-on-fist pose, many Twitter users had other ideas about why Pieter doesn’t go out with the ladies, and quickly teased Marla for the post.
Viral: Marla Reynolds from Oklahoma shared an image of her son Pieter Hanson on Twitter, claiming he’s afraid to go on solo dates for fear of false accusations
In the photo, Pieter, a Navy vet and University of Central Florida student, is dressed in his white Navy uniform, with one foot propped up on a bench. He’s smiling at the camera, resting his chin on his fist, with his elbow on his knee.
Whoops! Marla become a target for mockery for the tweet, and has since removed it at the request of her son
‘This is MY son,’ his 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.’
The post quickly earned attention on Twitter — but not for the reasons Marla intended.
Many commenters began to crack jokes, implying that the reason Pieter doesn’t go on dates with women isn’t that he iss afraid of sexual assault accusations at all, but is perhaps because he isn’t straight.
Quite a few replied with memes, coming up with other men — both real and fictional — who don’t date a lot of women for reasons entirely separate from the ‘current climate’.
Some shared snaps of characters like Jack Torrance from The Shining and Norman Bates from Psycho, with the joke being that their clueless mothers, too, might think they’re afraid to go out on dates, rather than understanding the real reasons they can’t find romance.
Pieter said that his mother was misguided and that he would never support the #HimToo movement that emerged during Brett Kavanaugh’s battle for the Supreme Court
Twitter users mercilessly mocked Marla’s claim that her son is too scared to date with snaps of characters such as Jack Torrance from The Shining and Norman Bates from Psycho
Luckily, Pieter saw the funny side of his unexpected Twitter fame and shared a photo of himself in the same pose, explaining that his mother was a bit misguided.
‘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.’
He also congratulated Twitter users for their funny responses, adding: ‘Your meme game is on point.’
The #HimToo hashtag emerged on Twitter as Kavanaugh battled to secure his Supreme Court position while denying allegations of sexual misconduct by three women.
Proponents claimed that mothers of sons should be worried about women making false allegations against men that can’t be proven, leaving their lives ruined.
Marla’s contribution to the hashtag, though, seemed to derail it a bit.
Mocking her, one user shared an image of Norman Bates, who famously kept his dead mother’s skeleton at the family motel in Hitchcock’s Psycho.
‘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.’
Another shared a snap of their pet saying he ‘won’t go on solo dates due to the current climate of women not dating cats’.
And ’80s singer Rick Astley cropped up several times, with promises that he’s ‘never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.’
Pieter’s brother Jon said that his brother is single but definitely not scared to go on dates and that their mother’s tweet was ‘ridiculous’
Pieter’s brother Jon has since told the Huffington Post that their mother had ‘good intentions’ — but that Pieter never actually told her that he’s scared to date.
‘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.’
Speaking to the Washington Post, Pieter added: ‘It doesn’t represent me at all. I love my mom to death, but boy… I’m still trying to wrap my head around all this.’
He and Jon added that their mother can be a ‘loose cannon,’ but this was a particularly off-the-mark post. In fact, Pieter is so upset about the whole thing that he hasn’t spoken directly to his mother about it just yet, and instead had to ask other family members to request that she remove the post.