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Russel Crowe And The Circumcision Controversy
Celebrity Tweets Out Against Circumcision
On June 9, 2011 Russell Crowe officially joined a growing number of people to voice their opposition to circumcision.
Support for circumcision has not globally been of much significance, but has been notable among some Americans primarily who have defended it as a Judeo-Christian tradition or as cosmetically and hygienically beneficial. Crowe, who is Australian, waded into the debate when one of his fans asked his opinion on whether or not they should circumcise their male child.
Not pulling any punches, the actor decried circumcision as "barbaric" and "stupid". His final words on the subject were addressed to any followers who might disagree with his position. His advice to them was to unfollow him and "f**k off".
Here's What Others Are Saying:
Reactions have varied, but the majority of people who are commenting on the story seem to be defending Russell Crowe and supporting his opinion on the issue.
Here are a few of the more recent comments from Twitter:
VerucaSalt: "You're right Russell Crowe, circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Agreeing with you once can't hurt I suppose."
Ch4nster: "Don't think Russell Crowe's comments about circumcision were anti-Semitic. It's a shame you can't express a diff pov."
AshleyKowalik: "I'm beginning to think Russell Crowe has Tweeting Tourette's."
Crowe Apologizes For Anti-Circumcision Rant
While many people accepted Crowe's motivation as one of concern, a vocal minority framed his statements as being insensitive to Jewish religious practices and possibly bigoted.
In response to this, Crowe issued an apology to anyone who he may have offended, saying "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."
Director Eli Roth defended the statements and acknowledged their friendship. Whether this will be enough to quiet the storm remains to be seen, but as circumcision is often not the most popular topic in the media, it is likely that attention will dwindle over the next few days as people focus on more popular issues, such as the Tony Awards and Whoopi Goldberg's hat.