Ronan Farrow, the human rights activist whose parents are Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, celebrated Father’s Day by issuing a tweet directed at his estranged father. For those of you who aren’t overly familiar with the story, here’s the short, short version: Back in the land that was the 1990’s, Farrow and Allen’s relationship promptly fell apart thanks to the director’s infamous affair with Soon-Yi Previn, Mia’s stepdaughter from a previous marriage. Despite the couple’s 34-year age difference, Allen and Previn soon married.
Ronan, a Rhodes Scholar, was five when his parents split, and his relationship with his father has been admittedly rocky ever since. However, don’t be so quick to feel sorry for the guy, as he’s done pretty well for himself. At the age of 11, Ronan enrolled in college, a feat he soon followed up with his acceptance into Yale Law school at 15. Now 24, Ronan has decided to take a year off from his academic studies to assist the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Despite his father’s maladjustments, I’d say Allen’s son has his head screwed on straight.
“He’s my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law,” Ronan explained several years ago. “That is such a moral transgression.”
On Sunday, Ronan decided to celebrate Father’s Day by dedicating a snarky little Tweet to his father. Now that you’re familiar with the setup, the punchline makes a bit more sense:
Happy father’s day — or as they call it in my family, happy brother-in-law’s day.
Did his mother have a problem with this comment? Not really. In fact, she retweeted her son’s tribute to his father and added a little comment of her own.
Boom RT @RonanFarrow: Happy father’s day — or as they call it in my family, happy brother-in-law’s day.
Considering the amount of press coverage Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn’s relationship received when the story broke, not to mention the countless jokes made at everyone’s expense, it’s nice to know that Ronan and Mia have a sense of humor about the ordeal.
In related news, Allen and Previn recently made an appearance at the premiere of the writer/director’s latest cinematic endeavor, “To Rome with Love”. Some footage featuring the pair has been embedded below.