Russell Crowe: 'Circumcision is Barbaric and Stupid'

Russell Crowe: 'Circumcision is Barbaric and Stupid'

Russell Crowe has spoken out about circumcision on his Twitter account.

“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 47-year-old actor wrote on Twitter on Thursday (June 9).

“I will always stand for the perfection of babies, i will always believe in God, not man’s interpretation of what God requires,” Russell continued.

“Last of it, if [you] feel it is [your] right 2 cut things off [your] babies please unfollow and f— off,I’ll take attentive parenting over barbarism,” he concluded.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Russell Crowe’s argument against circumcision?

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I agree with him. I would never do that to my baby. The only time I did it is when he is older and it becomes uncomfortable for him. Why cause your baby unnecessary pain?

@Kate: Ridiculous ideas deserve ridicule. No one is insulting you personally. It’s just that you’re caught up in bronze-age dogma that should have died out millenia ago.

And for the record, that’s a different Matthew who commented about abortion… And the unstable comment was mostly tongue-in-cheek. Grow a sense of humor, people.

i see an apology message in 1, 2, 3,…

by his standards, you should not wear bifocal glasses or get hearing aids. afterall, it’s just mother nature’s way of saying you’re old and you shouldn’t correct in anyway.

@Piper: A foreskin isn’t a condition to be corrected.

So we’re going to make a big deal about circumsision ad say nothing about abortion? I think most little baby boys would rather miss a small part of themselves than be cold bloodily MURDERED by parents who just didn’t want them. Talk about destroying a perfect body? That is. Just shut up about circumcision Russell.

I agree with Russell. I would never circumcise a baby. If they really want it done when they are older then that is their decission. Their is nothing gross about an intact *****. Jamie Poston-Benford has said it best. It is protection for the glans. Not hard to keep clean either. It does fold back for washing. No big deal.

Ella @ 06/10/2011 at 9:25 am -4

Circumcision is not a a big practice or not a practice at all in most Asia countries. Tell me what is the cancer rate in those countries? Japan for instance, what is the % of men who has not been circumsized has HIV or diseases and/or cancer?

Go Russel! Not the best way to say it but I agree with the man.

simplesong4u @ 06/10/2011 at 10:44 am

Because I am a christian and I also fear God. I will follow what God has asked me to do. He will have to give account to God for disobeying God law. Plus it looks really nasty. As a female I would not want to be with anyone who is not circumcised.

Garrett Wolfe @ 06/10/2011 at 10:46 am

Excellent. Basic common sense. Medically unnecessary amputations create unnecessary risk, and on an infant, remove flesh AND the right of personal choice. Well done, Mr. Crowe!

I love how its completely barbaric to cut the foreskin off of the ***** of a boy who probably WONT keep it clean (what teenage boy do you know that is clean at ALL?), yet our society is totally ok with full term abortions? Or any kind of abortion for that matter. They certainly don’t mind if parents decide that. Since when do they care about babies? or unborn babies? This whole thing is hypocrisy, and I refuse to take anything these “celebrities” say and actually listen. I’m sorry, but this is ridiculous.

BARBARIC!!! What you don’t see in the hospital: it looks like a cutting board shaped like a gingerbread man. It has little straps at the wrists and ankles. Your precious little baby boy is laid on this gingerbread man contraption and and his little wrists are cinched my the wrist straps. The same is done with their little ankles. They cry because they are naked, cold, and uncomfortable. Then the real horror begins as the doctor begins to cut on your baby. The cry turns into a scream and their lips tremble uncontrollably. The “procedure” lasts a few minutes, but those minutes are nothing short of pure, unadulterated torture.

All parents that contemplate this ELECTIVE procedure should be REQUIRED to sit and watch a video of what circumcision entails.

Soft penises are not supposed to look aroused.

I absolutely agree with Russell. Circumcision is a violation of the babies rights hiding behing religions.

Well said! Thank you for being a voice of reason. Now get ready to be lumped together with Mel Gibson as an anti-Semite. Good luck- you’re goin to need it.

The foreskin is not useless. Search “Function of Foreskin and “The Lost List”.

Wow. You guys are awful. So much for “matter of opinion.”

YOU GO RUSSELT CROW. YOU ARE ABSOLUTLEY CORRECT. NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO ALTER GOD’S WORK. GOD MADE BABY BOYS WITH UNCERCUMCISED PENIES. —- END OF STROY. — PROBABLY, SOME OF THE ANTI RUSSEL COMMENTS ARE COMING FROM PEOPLE THAT CIRCUMCISED THEIR BABY BOYS AND NOW THEY FEEL BAD, BECAUSE THRE’S NOTHING THEY CAN SO ABOUT IT. WE HAVE A SON, AND WHEN HE WAS BORN, THE DOCTTOR ASKED US IF WE WANTED OUR PRECIUOS LITTLE DEFENSELESS BOY CERCUMCISED—WE SAID NO WAY.. WE ASKED THE DOCTOR IF HE WAS CRICUMCISED . HA FLATLY SAID, NO. NO.

I totally agree with Russell Crowe. As a victim of genital mutilation, I don’t want anyone else to suffer as I have. We need a worldwide end to genital mutilation of children.

11Bravo1P @ 06/10/2011 at 2:40 pm

@CJLOVE23:

“run and hide like a turtle when they’re soft” — Have you ever considered that if they’re soft around you, then the guy isn’t the problem??

I’m a former Army Airborne Infantryman. I’ve spent up to about 60 days in the field without a shower and NEVER had a problem with my uncut *****. This was all while protecting your rights as a lazy American. You’re welcome.

Different-Time-Zone @ 06/10/2011 at 3:07 pm

Happy to know that Russell belongs to the uncut ones. He is right: did God make a mistake? Why would a religious person want to “correct” a body?

People believing that a cut man looks nicer should think about the century old Chinese practice of foot binding, done because small feet were considered cuter. This practice was outlawed in 1949.

Cut is not cute!

A growing fraction of North Americans think more or less as Crowe does. The circ rate is down to 20-30% in Canada (zero in some provinces) and about 50% in the USA (25% in California). There are parents of Jewish ancestry who no longer circumcise, and there are Jews who are eloquent critics of circ.

Last century, millions of baby boys were done without anesthesia — utterly barbaric. Not injecting lidocaine remains a common practice. Europe, Japan, and New Zealand do not circumcise routinely. In Australia and Canada, it’s a minority thing. To think that hundreds of millions of parents in these nations are all clueless about hygiene, and sexual health and propriety, strikes me as rather arrogant. American routine circumcision now looks suspiciously provincial.

I have major difficulties with the fact that the consequences of infant circ for adult sexuality, including PE, ED, damaged erections, and propensity to use condoms, have not been researched. There is a lot of evidence, mostly anecdotal but some clinical, that women who have experienced both kinds of men prefer those with all the factory installed moving parts, thank you. It is not hard to discover what I write here during the course of a day or two of web browsing.

Many people in Tinseltown privately agree with Crowe, simply because Tinseltown is in California where the overall circ rate is way down, intactivism appeals to idealists, celebrities tend to be idealists. Opposing circumcision may brass off some Jewish movers and shakers in Hollywood, but gets you friends in another respected part of the showbiz set: gay men. The large gay communities in coastal USA are quite foreskin friendly.

The spearhead of intactivism is concerned mothers, especially the crunchies. And I would not be surprised if Mrs Crowe has bought into the intactivist argument, and shared her thoughts with Russell. It is an amazing fact that most of what I have read on the net pro and con foreskin has been written by women of childbearing age. Cutting off part of the genitalia of a newborn boy strikes more and more American women as cruel and sexually bizarre. Crowe’s impolitic remarks may brass off some Jews and Moslems, but will be roundly applauded by many young women around the English speaking world.

A growing fraction of North Americans think more or less as Crowe does. The circ rate is down to 20-30% in Canada (zero in some provinces) and about 50% in the USA (25% in California). There are parents of Jewish ancestry who no longer circumcise, and there are Jews who are eloquent critics of circ.

Last century, millions of baby boys were done without anesthesia — utterly barbaric. Not injecting lidocaine remains a common practice. Europe, Japan, and New Zealand do not circumcise routinely. In Australia and Canada, it’s a minority thing. To think that hundreds of millions of parents in these nations are all clueless about hygiene, and sexual health and propriety, strikes me as rather arrogant. American routine circumcision now looks suspiciously provincial.

I have major difficulties with the fact that the consequences of infant circ for adult sexuality, including PE, ED, damaged erections, and propensity to use condoms, have not been researched. There is a lot of evidence, mostly anecdotal but some clinical, that women who have experienced both kinds of men prefer those with all the factory installed moving parts, thank you. It is not hard to discover what I write here during the course of a day or two of web browsing.

Many people in Tinseltown privately agree with Crowe, simply because Tinseltown is in California where the overall circ rate is way down, intactivism appeals to idealists, celebrities tend to be idealists. Opposing circumcision may brass off some Jewish movers and shakers in Hollywood, but gets you friends in another respected part of the showbiz set: gay men. The large gay communities in coastal USA are quite foreskin friendly.

If Crowe said that he approves of abortion on demand while also detesting circumcision on demand, I agree that that stance challenges common sense (like quite a few intactivists, I deplore abortion as well), but I also predict that millions of Americans and Canadians on the left think in precisely that fashion, as has a growing fraction of the American progressive chattering class.

The spearhead of intactivism is concerned mothers, especially the crunchies. And I would not be surprised if Mrs Crowe has bought into the intactivist argument, and shared her thoughts with Russell. It is an amazing fact that most of what I have read on the net pro and con foreskin has been written by women of childbearing age. Cutting off part of the genitalia of a newborn boy strikes more and more American women as cruel and sexually bizarre. Crowe’s impolitic remarks may brass off some Jews and Moslems, but will be roundly applauded by many young women around the English speaking world.

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