Actor Russell Crowe Apologizes for Anti-circumcision Twitter Rant

The Australian actor deleted the feed in which he ranted against followers who support the ritual act, posting that he 'wasn't intending offense' in his remarks, adding, however, 'I can't apologize for my heartfelt belief'.

Australian actor Russell Crowe apologized Friday for his Twitter comments in which he called circumcision "barbaric and stupid".

The celebrity deleted the feed posted Thursday in which he ranted against followers who support the ritual act, posting that he "wasn't intending offense" in his remarks. However, he added "I can't apologize for my heartfelt belief".

Russell Crowe

Crowe went off against circumcision when a Twitter follower told the star that they were expecting a son, asking for his input on whether to circumcise the baby.

Crowe responded that "circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin?"

The actor added that "babies are perfect" when they are born. Crowe later said that he "will always stand for the perfection of babies, I will always believe in God, not man's interpretation of what God requires."

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Crowe's comments came shortly after activists were successful in putting a ban of circumcision on an upcoming ballot in San Francisco. In the event the motion to prohibit the ritual act passes, it will be considered a misdemeanor and its perpetrators will be forced to pay a fine.

Screen shot from Russell Crowe's Twitter account

In his apology Friday, Crowe said that Twitter is "a great forum for communication," adding that he, "like any human" has opinions, and thanked his followers for trusting him with their thoughts.

In his Thursday comments, the Aussie actors assured his followers that he is not anti-Semitic, saying he loves his Jewish friends with their "apples and the honey and the funny little hats", after which he implored them to stop "cutting" their babies.

He reiterated his tolerance for all faiths and beliefs in his apology, saying "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".

Crowe continued his apology, 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."