First, there was #MeToo, a hashtag that women on Twitter used to share their experiences of sexual harassment and assault. Then came #HimToo, which was popularized during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation and identifies men as victims, basically of the #MeToo movement. It’s pretty much the “All Lives Matter” response to “Black Lives Matter.”
So here’s a saga having to do with the #HimToo hashtag. It started when a woman tweeted proudly about her son but claimed that he wouldn’t go on dates anymore because of “the current climate of false sexual accusations by radical feminists with an axe to grind.” Ummm. Okay. She added “#HimToo” at the end and the tweet took off, inspiring mostly memes because it was so unintentionally funny. NOT that there’s anything funny about sexual assault, or about men being falsely accused, it’s just that this idea of tons of false accusations by angry feminists is totally made up.
Her tweet is now gone, but it included a picture of her son in his uniform and read,
“This is MY son. 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”
There’s a screenshot of the original tweet below.
since she deleted it here’s a screenshot. one of the greatest posts of all time pic.twitter.com/Z6TUKOjH9T— mr cant spell good (@KrangTNelson) October 8, 2018
So next, a man named Jon Hanson tweeted that the woman who’d sent that tweet was his mother. She was talking about his brother, who didn’t have a Twitter account, but was trending nonetheless. He explained that he was both feeling bad for his brother and laughing hard at him, because honestly, what can you really do in that situation?
Well, here’s what his brother, Pieter Hanson, did: he took it upon himself to join Twitter, using the handle @Thatwasmymom, and tried to straighten out the whole mess.
He sent a tweet reading,
“That was my mom. Sometimes the people we love do things that hurt us without realizing 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.”
That was my Mom. Sometimes the people we love do things that hurt us without realizing 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. pic.twitter.com/yZFkEjyB6L— Pieter Hanson (@Thatwasmymom) October 9, 2018
So there you have it. His mom was wrong, and he’s not a #HimToo-er. But he’s very right that Twitter’s meme game is amazing. We’ve gathered together some of the funniest ones for you to enjoy.
This is MY son. He singlehandedly runs a small hotel. He's a homeowner. He knows a boy's best friend is his mother. He goes a little mad sometimes. He won't go on solo dates due to the current climate of false accusations by radical anti-shower-stabbing feminists. I VOTE. #HimToo pic.twitter.com/qSYY7Cy46E— Mary Gillis (@living_marble) October 8, 2018
This is MY son. He graduated #1 from the University of Flavortown. He was awarded three banging fajita poppers. He was #1 in flamin' hot crunch. He won't go on solo dates due to the current climate of false accusations of taking the last slice of pizza. I VOTE. #HimToo pic.twitter.com/4DY151a2W7— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) October 9, 2018
This is my son. He’s a large adult holding an enormous gun. Sometimes he kills elephants for fun. Is he even divorced yet? He thinks he’s the future of the Republican Party. He once dmed with Julian Assange. #HimToo pic.twitter.com/7Lt3EyDyI4— Molly Jong-Fast???? (@MollyJongFast) October 9, 2018
This is MY son. He doesn’t go on dates because of the current climate of radical feminists falsely accusing him of not being the sharpest tool in the shed, looking kind of dumb with their fingers and their thumbs in the shape of an “L” on their foreheads. I VOTE. #HimToo pic.twitter.com/h6rhHYdJcZ— Rob Sheridan, but from a safe distance (@rob_sheridan) October 9, 2018
This is My son, Michael. He had to be institutionalized because of a simple misunderstanding with his sister Judith and therefore did not get to go to A school. He is afraid to date women in today's current climate because he will probably kill them.#HimToo pic.twitter.com/VZZmXzCWqa— Pinot You Didn't (@PinotYouDidnt) October 9, 2018
This is my son. He was #1 on the charts. He won’t go on solo dates even though he never gave up, let you down, run around, or deserted you, make you cry, say goodbye, tell a lie nor hurt you #HimToo pic.twitter.com/Q5sMpGIVR3— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) October 8, 2018
So, if you happened to notice #HimToo trending on Twitter, now you know why. Don’t worry, it wasn’t a whole bunch of serious tweets, it was just Twitter doing what it does best—mocking people.