Though he has since apologized, Russell Crowe took to Twitter last night and began criticizing circumcision, though he praised his Jewish friends’ “funny little hats”:
The stream of tweets began Thursday night, in response to a query from an Australian follower. Though the tweets in question have since been deleted, news outlets reported that the actor wrote, “Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect.” Crowe then went on to address Jews directly.
“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,” Crowe tweeted.
On Friday morning, after newspapers and celebrity news sites around the world reported on his posts, Crowe apologized over Twitter.
“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,” tweeted Crowe, who won an Academy Award for his role in the 2000 film “Gladiator.”