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I guess this means Russell Crowe isn’t circumcised

by Danielle Berrin

June 10, 2011 | 11:39 am

Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe took to Twitter yesterday to sound off on the circumcision debate, telling followers he thinks the practice is “barbaric and stupid.”

“Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that God requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect. (I have) many Jewish friends, I love my Jewish friends, I love the apples and the honey and the funny little hats but stop cutting yr (your) babies. I will always believe in God, not man’s interpretation of what God requires… Last of it, if u feel it is yr (your) right 2 (to) cut things off yr (your) babies please unfollow and f**k off, I’ll take attentive parenting over barbarism.”

Crowe’s overstatement is what’s stupid (and insensitive), especially during a week in which headlines coming out of Syria tell of real savagery and inhumanity. But he’s an actor, so we’ll forgive his predilection for dramatics and simply suggest he read real newspapers along with the trades.

Oh, and by the way Mr. Crowe, they’re called “yarmulkes.” I agree they’re a bit funny-looking, but next time you’re trying to make a case that a religious practice is stupid, you might want to learn a thing or two about it so your argument comes off stronger.

UPDATE: After some Twitter tussle, the contrite contrarian softened his tone and this morning tweeted: “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.”

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Danielle Berrin writes the award-winning Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile...

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