Canadian politician Jon Reyes was bashed online after he posted a photo of his wife shoveling snow after her 12-hour hospital shift. Many Twitter users criticized the Manitoba politician for making his wife do the work while he stayed inside the warm house.
The politician tweeted a photo of his wife, Cynthia Reyes, and said, “Even after a 12-hour night shift at the hospital last night, my wife still has the energy to shovel the driveway. God bless her and all our frontliners. Time to make her some breakfast.”
The tweet soon went viral, but probably not the in way Jon Reyes intended.
Many Twitter users asked the politician why he was making his wife do all this work after her long shift, and others asked him why he hadn’t shoveled the snow before she got home. Numerous people called him lazy. Former Alberta politician, Thomas Lukaszuk, even responded to the tweet and said, “Ladies, let the record show that this is not a depiction of every politician husband.”
Another person said, “Why didn’t YOU do it? And if you legitimately cannot for some reason, why don’t you pay someone to do it for you so she can come home to a clean driveway and go straight to bed? What is wrong with you?”
After his tweet went viral, Jon Reyes issued a statement about the backlash that he received. He said, “My wife is amazing, both at home and at work. I’m eternally grateful for her and everything she does. I love her very much. I’m happy that she is getting the worldwide recognition she deserves, and it serves as a reminder to everyone – especially me today – that we can never do enough to show our gratitude to healthcare workers.”
The statement didn’t do much to help, though, many people on Twitter continued to bash the Canadian politician for his decision and even made fun of him.
One person responded to Reyes’ tweet and said, “I don’t know what’s worse. Her having to do this with you inside. Her having to do this after a 12 hr shift. Her doing this while you watch. Her doing this while you cook eggs over easy. I think you taking a pic and posting all of the above is worst.”
People even accused the politician of creating a fake Twitter account of his wife to gain sympathy. After Jon Reyes tweeted the photo, an account for Cynthia Reyes responded and said, “All I wanted to do was shovel!” Many people were quick to point out that that was the account’s only tweet.
“This would have been a lot more convincing if it wasn’t the *only* tweet from this account, the account had been active longer than last October, and there had been a bio pic attached *before* the tweet,” said a Twitter commenter about the Cynthia Reyes account.
While many slammed the politician for his tweet, others defended him and said that people shouldn’t jump to conclusions. Maybe his wife wanted to shovel the snow after her 12-hour hospital shift. Really?
One person shared her own experiences and said, “As a wife who virtually always shoveled snow. Maybe she enjoys doing it. Maybe she wants to burn off a bad shift. Maybe they take turns. Mostly, it’s not our business why. I think it’s fabulous that he’s showing that he appreciates her and is making breakfast. Real men do that.”
Others pointed out that maybe it snowed in the middle of the night when no one was up to shovel it. Or the weather could have changed drastically before she got home, and he didn’t have a chance to clean off the driveway before her shift ended.
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