The raja-beta syndrome, which makes men infallible creatures, is not as Indian as we might want to believe.
The recent spate of #MeToo on social media has shaken up so many souls that a US mom has shared some deep (also dark) feelings with the world, which betrays the fact that raja-beta has nothing to do with Indians.
Only the two words ‘raja’ and ‘beta’ (one word could have sufficed) are Indian. The feeling is universal.
The #HimToo wave hit Twitter during the Kavanaugh episode and many Indians tried to dabble their tweets in #HimToo when allegations of sexual misconduct started pouring out on social media in India. While they questioned whether every incident merits #MeToo or not; whether by believing all accounts of the victims, we are doing injustice to men or not — this mom is way ahead of them.
Sharing a photo of her son in a navy costume — a smiling face resting on the knuckles as his elbow rests on his knee — the mom staked claim to her son as she wrote: “This is MY son”.
since she deleted it here’s a screenshot. one of the greatest posts of all time pic.twitter.com/Z6TUKOjH9T— KT NELSON (@KrangTNelson) October 8, 2018
Listing all his accomplishments, including respect for women as well, the mother announced that her (HER) son won’t go on solo dates due to the current climate of “false sexual accusations by radical feminists” with an axe to the grind.
Point to be noted: solo date.
The mother was not disapproving of other people joining her son’s date. Or, she must have been thinking of accompanying her son to the date destination and waiting outside — for it to end.
Had you not looked at the username, you would have thought these words were coming from an Indian mother, whose son can do no wrong, because he has been raised with such good values and principles. If you stretch your imagination, you can even hear the hysterical voice of a mother jumping to the rescue of her “errant” raja-beta.
But no, this had nothing to do with us.
Twitter being Twitter laughed out loud at this mother — so loud that the account doesn’t exist now. And the poor son had to create a Twitter account to present a counter-narrative.
This is MY son. He graduated 1st in his drawing class. He respects women & has a keen sixth sense. He doesn’t go on solo dates with women because he doesn’t know if they’re alive or not. I VOTE.#HimToo pic.twitter.com/smyGUPK8Rv— Simar (@sahluwal) October 9, 2018
This is my son. He is a gentleman who treats ladies with respect. He’s afraid to date right now because of the current climate. Seriously, because of the actual climate his future kids won’t be able to survive. I vote. #HimToo pic.twitter.com/pxefN68aNZ— Luna Malbroux (@LunaisAmerica) October 9, 2018
So, according to reports, Pieter Hanson, the raja-beta, was in the middle of a marketing exam in University of Central Florida. When he checked his phone coming out of the hall, he was already a viral Twitter meme. Thanks to his mother.
This is MY sun. He graduated #1 in THE SOLAR SYSTEM. He is a star who respects planets. He won't go on solo orbits because his gravitational pull is so strong that one day he will explode! I VOTE. #HimToo pic.twitter.com/FXe5ipyOSM— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) October 9, 2018
Pieter created a handle called @thatwasmymom to clarify that though he loves his mother to the sun and back, his mom’s representation has little resemblance with reality. He was never a supporter of #HimToo and would never be one.
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
Within a few days, he has over 40,000 followers and his photos with cats are hugely liked and shared on Twitter. He also mentioned how he enjoyed all the "This is MY son" memes, modelled after him.
So now, apart from his doting mother, Twitter universe too is in love with this “woke” raja-beta.
Hanson has a brother as well. While we speculate what makes the brother, Jon, still eligible for solo dates, both Hanson and Jon spent a few minutes speculating why their “progressive” mother would do anything like this. She had a tendency to write gushing social media posts about her sons, but this was not what they had imagined ever in their wildest dream.
Meanwhile, there must have been some mother-son moments — hurt and teary, because Pieter requested his mom just to delete the tweet. She has deleted her account. Well, we know why.
Not all of our Indian parents are on Twitter. They are busy getting upset because we are not replying to their good morning messages on WhatsApp; not responding to the 'hello's they hurl on everything we post on Facebook; not even allowing them to tag us on obnoxious photos we don't want the world to see.
But not on Twitter.
Our moment of relief.