June 10th, 2011
03:15 PM ET
After launching into an anti-circumcision discussion on Twitter, Russell Crowe has offered a mea culpa.
The Oscar winner found himself in a heated exchange with his followers on Thursday after he tweeted, "Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature?” in response to a follower who seemed to be asking for his opinion on the subject. "My son is due soon," the Twitter user, picknic11, wrote. "Do you think I should get him circumstanced?'
She later clarified that it was a joke. "So, um, my little lame joke to Russell Crowe seems to have blown up a bit," the user wrote. "For the record, I was not asking Russell for parenting advice, I was making A JOKE. A joke about one word that sounded a bit like another."
But because of Crowe's response, a Twitter row ensued. According to the Telegraph, Crowe added, "Is it real that God requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect."
Crowe went on to add that he has “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,” the Telegraph reports.
“I will always stand for the perfection of babies, I will always believe in God, not man's interpretation of what God requires,” Crowe reportedly posted. And to those who disagreed: “Last of it, if u feel it is yr right 2 cut things off yr babies please unfollow and f- off, I'll take attentive parenting over barbarism.”
Crowe has since removed those statements and has issued an apology.
“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,” he tweeted Friday. “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.”
Meanwhile, picknic11, has issued her own apology to Crowe. "@russellcrowe For what it's worth, I'm sorry to have kicked off the s--storm, although I know you are more than capable of taking it."
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