Friday, January 17, 2014

Okay, just one last Ronan Farrow thing

From The Advocate:
I believe Ronan sincerely wants any conversation involving him to focus more on his interests in policy, equality, and justice, and less on his celebrity. But it gets hard to reconcile that belief with the tweet bomb he dropped during the Golden Globes. “Missed the Woody Allen tribute — did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?” Cue the mushroom cloud.

Ronan was referring to ’90s accusations by Allen's daughter, Ronan's sister, that the director molested her. I feel for anyone who's endured the trials the Farrow family has, but to discuss a subject like that in such a public forum and yet remain conspicuously silent on whether or not you're gay gives me bad pre-2012 Anderson Cooper flashbacks. Ronan doesn't need to fly a banner over Times Square or turn his MSNBC show into the last season of Ellen, he just need not shrink from it (I, in my Advocate capacity, unsuccessfully reached out to Ronan a few times via Twitter).

On a vaguely related note, I would say that the Woody Allen-Mia Farrow fiasco is a point in favor of same-sex marriage. Look at those two. They weren't married, they lived across Central Park from one another, but they still somehow regarded themselves as a family, Woody Allen even declaring himself the father of some of the adopted children even though he knew pretty much nothing about them. Mia was sleeping with her ex-husband, Woody was believed to have been sleeping with Mia's sister, but who knows.  He was her boyfriend. Her elderly New York millionaire boyfriend. The kids should have called him "Uncle Woody", not "Daddy".

How much of this stuff would have happened if they had been legally married? If any of it did, we could at least condemn them unequivocally. 

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