Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Did Ronan Farrow screw himself?
I once heard a comedian on the radio talk about the time he performed in a prison. The inmates weren't appreciative. There were several comics who performed and each was heckled and shouted down. Finally the guy they interviewed went on last. He violated all the rules the prison officials gave them. He took money out of his pocket, he talked about sex and he mocked them being in prison while he could go free, and they were amused by this.
By coincidence, I heard another story on another radio show (these were in NPR.) They talked about Bob Hope performing in Vietnam. There was at least one time that he had to flee, that the troops didn't respond well. And someone reporting on this noted that the soldiers reacted much the way people in prison might react.
Someone else went on talking about Bob Hope. He got hate mail from people who were anti-war, and he was bewildered by it.
But the journalist noted that Hope had tied himself to this, associated himself with war. He has to take the bad with the good and it's easy to see how it could turn on him.
Which made me think of Ronan Farrow. He can talk about having been a "diplomat" (what diplomacy did he ever engage in?) and working with the warmongering Secretary of State Hilary Clinton (whose idea of diplomacy was making military threats). But nobody ever heard of him until his started attacking his father on Twitter.
Was this really a good idea? He looks like a jerk to anyone who doesn't share his hatred of his father. Even if you hate Woody Allen, doesn't it seem a little weird that Ronan would feel so strongly about events that allegedly took place when he was four years old? I'm sure he has vaguely unpleasant memories of his parents' break up, but he has no personal knowledge of anything that happened. Whatever his feelings are, they were drummed into him by his mother with whom he is abnormally close. He and his mother were working hand in hand demonizing Woody Allen.
Will people be comfortable with the idea that a person can be publicly attacked and smeared by a wealthy pretty boy who knows only what his nutjob mother tells him?
Ronan may have screwed himself. We'll see how it goes.
Posted by Waldo Scott at 3:52 PM