On Father’s Day, Woody Allen’s son tweets, “Happy Brother-in-Law’s Day.”

Ronan Farrow, 24, Woody Allen’s only biological child, has not seen his father in 20 years, since Allen began an affair with Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of Ronan’s biological mother, Mia Farrow. As reported by ABC News, Ronan sent out a Twitter message on Sunday:

“Happy father’s day—or as they call it in my family, happy brother-in-law’s day.”

The ABC story continues:

Woody and Ronan have been estranged for years since his parents split and because Woody was dating (and later married) Soon-Yi Previn, Mia’s adopted daughter, Ronan’s step-sister. He has been quoted in the past as saying, “He’s my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression.”

By the way, the use of “dating” in the preceding paragraph confirms what I said the other day, that “dating” now simply means “to have sexual intercourse with.” Obviously Allen was not “dating” the teen-aged Soon-Yi who was the daughter of his long-time mistress Mia Farrow. They weren’t, you know, going out to movies or dinner together. They were having surreptitious meetings at his apartment where they initiated their quasi-incestuous relationship. But that’s what is now called “dating.”

The article has the first photo I’ve seen of Ronan Farrow. He takes after his mother’s, Irish, side of the family, and doesn’t look like at all like Allen, who, as Newsweek said about him in the mid-’70s, had a face that made you think that God was a cartoonist. But that amiable observation was made when Allen was funny, before, among other things, he had a drink with the devil and raised a toast “to evil.” Go to 5:00 in this clip from Deconstructing Harry, made five years after Allen destroyed Mia Farrow’s bizarre multi-racial adoptive “family.” The whole incident was a classic example of how supposedly benign liberalism, with its global humanitarian reach and its breakdown of normal and traditional human ties, releases demonic liberalism. (Warning: in the scene, the Woody Allan character and the devil, played by Billy Crystal, boast of their disgusting sexual adventures.)

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James P. writes:

Appropriately enough, this young man with the preposterous name, Satchel Ronan O’Sullivan Farrow, has a preposterous job, “special adviser to the Secretary of State for Global Youth Issues and director of the State Department’s Global Youth Issues office,” which was clearly invented to accommodate politically connected liberal celebrities.

I didn’t even know we had an Office of Global Youth Issues, let alone a special adviser to the Secretary of State for Global Youth Issues!

LA replies:

Your tax dollars at work.

Laura Wood writes:

He looks exactly like his mother.

David Hollister writes:

Speaking of preposterous, I looked Ronan Farrow up on Wikipedia. In the article they state that “he was named one of the top 99 most influential young professionals under 33 years old in foreign policy by The Diplomatic Courier.” Who in his right mind would think to make such a list? Do these people really need to stroke their egos that much?

Ron K. writes:

An argument can be made that Allen’s marriage to Soon-Yi was the most legitimate act of his private life since his original marriage decades earlier. (Civilly speaking, of course. We Papists, “stricter than God” in Douglas Wilson’s words, wouldn’t recognize it until the others were annulled.)

After all, he did make an honest woman of Soon-Yi, something he never did with Mia, to whom it was also a low priority. And he was legally—not to mention racially—unrelated to her. As moral transgressions go, that’s pretty low on Woody’s list.

As for his son’s “preposterous” name, namesake Satchel Paige was actually named Leroy. So shouldn’t he be Leroy Ronan Seamus O’Sullivan Farrow Konigsberg?

Of course, no one was naming white kids (or black ones) Leroy in 1987. “Satchel” was somehow preferable!

Strangely, though, there are a lot of old white Leroys here in the upper Midwest. The name was once as popular with Scandinavians as with blacks. Of the two greatest Swedish-American composers, one was Leroy Anderson, and the other, Leigh Harline, had a brother Leroy.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 19, 2012 09:01 AM | Send

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