How Woody Allen's Son Became The Feminist Hero We All Need
The New Yorker uses Ronan Farrow to blast Harvey Weinstein and we can't help but ask ourselves, Ronan, Ronan, wherefore art thou my Ronan?
Who is Ronan Farrow?
Ronan Farrow's first New Yorker article detailed Harvey Weinstein's assaults. The piece garnered a lot of attention, and in it, the victims gave specific details regarding Weinstein and his threats. Now, Farrow has released a new article in The New Yorker detailing Harvey's accomplices, and the powerful people he hired to silence his victims.
Ronan before The New Yorker
Ronan Farrow, born Satchel Ronan O’Sullivan Farrow had a unique life from day one. Born into a Hollywood family, his mother is Mia Farrow and father, filmmaker Woody Allen, he was one of many siblings both adopted and biological. An incredibly smart child, he graduated from Bard College when he was 15 years-old and later from Yale Law School.
Ronan Farrow: Child Genius
His early career was impressive. Farrow was a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth, acting as an advocate for children in Sudan’s Darfur region. In 2009, Farrow was the Special Adviser for Humanitarian and NGO Affairs for the Obama Administration. In 2011, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton appointed Farrow as Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues and Director of the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues.
Farrow began a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford after his time in government. He dove into journalism, writing for many publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times.
Dylan Farrow & Soon-Yi
Although successful in his career, Farrow’s personal life hasn’t been a cake walk. His father, Woody Allen, went on to marry his adopted sister, Soon-Yi. Farrow stated in 2011, “He’s my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression… I cannot have a relationship with my father and be morally consistent”.He’s spoken against his father and defended his sister Dylan, when she made allegations of sexual assault against Allen. In 2014, Dylan repeated these allegations in a New York Times blog. She claimed Allen would get in bed with her without underwear, she claimed he molested her at a young age. Allen would go on to support her sister, tweeting, “I love and support my sister and I think her words speak for themselves”. Having spoken against his father in favor of the truth, Ronan continues to receive praise for his journalism and representation of victims.
The takedown of Harvey Weinstein
In October of 2017, Farrow published an investigative article for The New Yorker, detailing allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood big-wig, Harvey Weinstein. After his employer, NBC refused to air the information, Farrow brought it to a different publication. On Tuesday November 7th, Farrow published another bombshell article for The New Yorker, detailing how Weinstein, and other powerful men in Hollywood, kept the allegations covered for so long. He realized the techniques that keep victims quiet applied to his life in a profound way. On Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, Farrow explains how he understands the mechanisms of keeping victims silent because he and his family had reservations about his sister, Dylan Farrow, when she went public with her allegations about their father.
Woody Allen's Machine
Farrow explains he worried his sister coming forward would bring more attention to his already problematic family unit. Farrow had urged his sister not to speak to journalists, he felt shame about his family’s painful history. “I was for many years on of the people around a victim of sexual assault, saying ‘Why bother coming forward more? What will it achieve? It’s just going to bring shame and trouble, and he’s a powerful guy”. But he knew she needed to speak out, “When Dylan explained her agony in the wake of powerful voices sweeping aside her allegations, the press often willing to be taken along for the ride, and the fear she held for young girls potentially being exposed to a predator — I ultimately knew she was right". His family history, and his sister’s pain “was instrumental” in his desire to expose the truth since “sexual assault was an issue that had touched my family”.
In 2016, he described his father’s PR “machine” “revved into action” after Dylan’s post hit the internet. Farrow said, “Every day, colleagues at news organizations forwarded me the emails blasted out by Allen’s powerful publicist, who had years earlier orchestrated a robust publicity campaign to validate my father’s sexual relationship with another one of my siblings.”
Weinstein’s campaign to silence allegations included hiring undercover ex-Mossad agents to track women & reporters: https://t.co/lPJM0cPc5n— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) November 6, 2017
Ronan Farrow Finds The New Yorker
Ronan Farrow has lived many lives at the ripe age of 29. A child prodigy, Humanitarian advisor, TV host, and journalist. His past has been rifled with celebrations; a Rhodes scholarship, and hardships; a tumultuous, toxic family environment at the hands of his father. There is one thing to be said about Ronan Farrow. He is an advocate for women’s rights and blew an industry of misogyny, sexism, and assault wide open. He listened to victims and carefully cradled their stories to take down a very powerful man. He was told no, and so, he found another way. He isn’t worried about ruffling a few feathers, or getting reprimanded legally. If Farrow can speak out against his father, a man who is still making movies to this day, he surely will continue to do so for other victims over sexual assault.
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