After causing quite a stir on Twitter Thursday night, dad-of-two Russell Crowe has gone back onto his Twitter account to apologize for the comments he said about circumcision. The Gladiator star 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.”
The Academy Award-winning actor – who is dad to sons Charlie, 7, and Tennyson, 4 – was later accused of anti-Semitism for a Tweet he sent to actor-director Eli Roth: “I love my Jewish friends, I love the apples and the honey and the funny little hats but stop cutting yr babies @eliroth.”
And Eli Tweeted back, “You didn’t seem to be complaining when I was recutting you this afternoon…”
After all the media attention, the 47-year-old Australian actor Tweeted an apology on 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,” Russell wrote. “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.”
Eli also told TMZ that the Tweets were just “a joking exchange between friends” and that Russell is not anti-Semitic.