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Manitoba's Minister of Economic Development and Jobs, Jon Reyes, is making international headlines and went viral after tweeting about his wife, Cynthia, "still [having] the energy" to shovel their driveway after working a 12-hour shift at a local hospital.
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. 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/91vahySLqO
— Jon Reyes (@jonreyes204) January 8, 2022
"Even after a 12 hour night shift at the hospital last night, my wife still has the energy to shovel the driveway," he wrote on Twitter. "God bless her and all our frontliners. Time to make her some breakfast."
Cynthia responded by tweeting (in her first and only tweet on the platform), "All I wanted to do was shovel!" In addition to the Facepalm emoji.
All I wanted to do was shovel! 🤦🏻♀️ https://t.co/dlGyMnZV0r
— Cynthia B Reyes (@CynBReyes204) January 9, 2022
The tweet didn't go over so well, quickly going viral with people criticizing the tweet. It even got the attention of celebrities.
I’m not sure, but I bet she would’ve preferred to come home to an already shoveled driveway after that 12-hour shift. https://t.co/PHPRikyR7X
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) January 10, 2022
The replies, people, the REPLIES. https://t.co/Xy2z42GPRm
— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) January 9, 2022
While others in Canada and abroad commented on the tweet.
— Thomas A. Lukaszuk (@LukaszukAB) January 9, 2022
and you took a pic instead of helping her … heterosexuality is terrifying https://t.co/EXvmrlbDWZ
— matt (@mattxiv) January 9, 2022
I mean, what was this guy doing during her 12 hour shift that she came home to this and still had to do it?!
— Robyn O'Brien (@RobynOBrienUSA) January 9, 2022
That awkward moment when being a beta male is so commonplace that this guy actually took a picture, put it on the internet, and was proud of what he’d accomplished.
I shoveled my driveway and then shoveled my neighbor’s driveway after my own 12 hour shift. That’s how it’s done.
— Zeek Arkham (@ZeekArkham) January 10, 2022
Bro, are you a bro? Get out there and shovel it yourself! Then make her breakfast.
— Buzz Patterson (@BuzzPatterson) January 10, 2022
His refusal to delete this is inspiring, in a Twitter kind of way https://t.co/6u4OtUNlwg
— Jason Pargin, author of John Dies at the End, etc (@JohnDiesattheEn) January 9, 2022
— Roy Jemison (@RoyJemison) January 9, 2022
— Shelly (@shellyfromEire) January 10, 2022
A statement to CBC News, issued through his press secretary, states that Reyes is "eternally grateful for her and everything she does."
"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 health-care workers," the statement reads.