A purported US Navy vet who became an internet meme says he never has and 'never will support #HimToo'

BlueStarNavyMom3/TwitterPetty Officer 3rd Class Pieter Hanson poses in a photo.
  • A purported former US Navy sailor became a viral meme on Monday after a woman who identified herself as his mother boasted of his military accomplishments on Twitter.
  • The woman posted some politically charged statements in her message, claiming her son avoided going on dates alone with women for fear of being falsely accused of sexual assault. She attached the hashtag #HimToo to the message.
  • The post was an apparent reference to the #MeToo movement, which has seen a number of high-profile men accused of various forms of sexual misconduct.
  • Later, the man created a Twitter account called @Thatwasmymom to address the meme and said that he “believes women” and “never will support #HimToo.”

A purported former US Navy sailor became a viral meme on Monday after a woman who identified herself as his mother boasted of his military accomplishments on Twitter.

A Twitter user with the display name “BlueStarNavyMom3” uploaded a picture on Saturday of a US Navy petty officer third class posing on a bench, claiming that it was her son, and noted several of his military exploits.

“He graduated #1 in boot camp,” she wrote in the tweet, which has since been deleted. “He was awarded the [United Service Organisation’s] award. He was #1 in [the US Navy’s technical school]. He is a gentleman who respects women.”

The woman, who, according to her other son, had tried setting the sailor up with a girlfriend, included some politically charged statements in her post. She claimed her son avoided going on dates alone with women for fear of being falsely accused of sexual assault by “radical feminists with an axe to grind” and attached the hashtag #HimToo to the message.

That post was an apparent reference to the #MeToo movement, which has seen a number of high-profile men accused of various forms of sexual misconduct. The most recent focus of the movement has been Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who during his Supreme Court confirmation process faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.

On Monday, Jon Hanson, a man claiming to be the sailor’s brother, identified the sailor as Pieter Hanson and tweeted a picture of them together:

“I’m a mixture of laughing hard and feeling bad for him,” Hanson tweeted.

Hanson said their mother, who “had good intentions,” had previously tried setting up a date for Pieter on Facebook and never expected her tweet to go viral. Hanson added their mother “claimed her account was hacked.”

He goes on dates,” Hanson continued. “He never said any of those things. My mum is crazy. No sisters. He was very upset at first but taking it in stride now.”

Hours later, Pieter created a Twitter account (aptly named “@Thatwasmymom”) and uploaded a picture of himself imitating the original viral photo:

“That was my Mum,” Pieter wrote in a tweet. “Sometimes the people we love do things that hurt us without realising 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.”

“My mum is beautiful, I May be upset but I love her,” he added.

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