Russell Crowe's anti-circumcision Twitter rant: 'Stop cutting your babies'

russell-crowe-gi.jpgThere's surely a time and a place for everything. The place and time for Russell Crowe to air his views about circumcision was probably not Twitter on Thursday (June 9).

In a series of tweets, the Australian actor made his stance on the practice of foreskin removal -- a standard medical procedure and, in some religions a sacred rite, that continues to be the subject of debate -- crystal clear.

The reaction was prompted by a question from a fan who, like most sensible soon-to-be-parents, took to Twitter to get advice from a celebrity on neo-natal health. @picknic11 asked for Crowe's opinion on whether or not she should circumcise her son.

Crowe replied to the question with one of his own:

Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfectless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

When another fan suggested that circumcision is often performed not as a religious "donation," but as an aid to hygiene, Crowe suggested the commenter sew up his backside (in saltier, Crowe-ier language).

Then, perhaps fearing that he hadn't offended anyone yet, Crowe let the Jews -- particularly director Eli Roth -- know how he feels about their beliefs:

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 @elirothless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Sensing that perhaps things were going a bit off the rails and could possibly head into phone-throwing territory, Crowe put in his final word on the matter:

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 barbarismless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Alrighty, then.

UPDATE: Eli Roth, who co-wrote and produces the upcoming "Man with the Iron Fists" -- the RZA-directed martial arts movie in which Crowe stars -- replies:

@russellcrowe You didn't seem to be complaining when I was recutting you this afternoon...less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


UPDATE 2: As of Friday (June 10) morning, Roth is now vigorously defending Crowe and fans are chiming in to say the media is making a big deal out of what was "obviously" an inside joke:

#FF @russellcrowe One of the nicest people I have ever been lucky enough to meet and work with. AND RESPECTFUL OF ALL RELIGIONS.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

What do you think -- are we making a mountain out of a molehill or did Crowe unwittingly launch a debate about a touchy subject?
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