The ‘Gladiator’ star and dad-of-two stirred up a furious debate on Twitter after posting an angry rant about the practice.
Russell Crowe wants new moms and dads to think twice about circumcising their newborn babies, even on religious grounds. What do you think, HollyMoms?
Russell, 47, tweeted, “Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect.”
“I will always stand for the perfection of babies, I will always believe in God, not man’s interpretation of what God requires.”
Circumcision is common practice in the US. It’s also a Jewish religious requirement and carried out by many Muslims.
When Jewish twitter followers challenged Russell, he replied, tweeting at his Jewish director friend Eli Roth: “I love my Jewish friends, I love the apples and the honey and the funny little hats but stop cutting your babies.”
The comment stirred up more outrage, and Russell’s tweet rant was reported as being anti-Semitic in several news reports. Roth even pretended to be offended — before insisting the exchange was a joke and accusing reporters of “terrifying stars into not saying any jokes on twitter.”
Russell later apologized for the joke, tweeting, “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.”
Circumcision is definitely a divisive issue. I chose NOT to have my six month old son Callum circumcised, even though it’s common practice in the US, and I’m inclined to agree with Russell that it’s outdated and unnecessary.
What do YOU think? Is he right? Or out of line?
– Ian Garland
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