Russell Crowe Bashes Circumcision, Praises Jews' 'Funny Little Hats' UPDATE: Apologizes, Calls Out Journalists
UPDATE: Crowe went back on Twitter to issue a series of clarifications and apologies:
wasn't intending offense, certainly wasn't intending to provide fodder for lazy journalists. I can't appologize for my heartfelt belief
This is a great forum for communication,I,like any human have my opinions and you all have yours, thank you for trusting me with them
I have a deep and abiding love for all people of all nationalities, I'm very sorry that I have said things on here that have caused distress
My personal beliefs aside I realize that some will interpret this debate as me mocking the rituals and traditions of others. I am very sorry
PREVIOUSLY: Quick tip: don't invite Russell Crowe to your child's briss.
The Oscar-winning actor went on a Tweeting spree hitting out at male circumcision late Thursday night/early Friday morning, making clear his feelings on foreskin and those who would remove it from a newborn baby.
"Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect," he said to begin his rant.
After a number of retweets of supportive fans and responses to those critical of his position -- including one in which he said, "Hygenic? Why don't you sew up your ass then?" -- Crowe reached out to his "Jewish friends," asking them to reject their long tradition of ceremonial circumcision.
"many jewish friends, I love my Jewish friends, I love the apples and the honey and the funny little hats but stop cutting yr babies @eliroth" he wrote, tweeting at the horror director specifically and yarmulke-wearers more generally.
Crowe then brought his own holy phallic beliefs into the picture.
"I will always stand for the perfection of babies, i will always believe in God, not man's interpretation of what God requires," he wrote, before continuing, "last of it, if u feel it is yr right 2 cut things off yr babies please unfollow and f**k off,I'll take attentive parenting over barbarism."
Staying on the subject of babies, Crowe clarified his position on abortion, too.
"Abortion should always be a woman's choice, there is no benefit to 'forced' motherhood...you got it? don't like it then bye," he wrote to a fan.
He then switched gears, introducing a new topic: "anyway, Newfoundland folk festival, think about it."