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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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192 Responses to “Russell Crowe: 'Circumcision is Barbaric and Stupid'”

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  1. 151
    Racy Says:

    @Matthew: Beg your pardon, but there is belief that cancer is prvented in the ***** when some are circumcised.

  2. 152
    Racy Says:

    Is there ANYBODY in the world (except Russel Crowe) who CARES what Russel Crowe thinks?

  3. 153
    Morgan Says:

    It puzzles me when he states ” i will always believe in GOD, not man’s interpretation of what God requires” and yet he completely contradicts himself by saying “Circumcision is barbaric and stupid”. Whether Crowe has read the Holy Bible I do not know. But it states clearly enough for anyone who is a follower of the one true GOD in Genesis 17 why and how christians and Jews have an everlasting covenant with God. God is never changing and HE is the same during Abrams time as HE is now in our lives. It was God himself who appeared before Abram (before he was named Abraham) and spoke of circumcision. Crowe may think he is defending what ever religion and God he speaks of, I am assuming Christianity, but he is actually doing exactly the opposite. It was not man who required circumcision but GOD and by worshiping and obeying him HE blessed us with nations and said HE will be our GOD. I could probably argue all day long about this and others things man (including myself) are so blind to see. But God is never wrong for He is perfect. “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

  4. 154
    Delphic Says:

    I clicked on this expecting him to get bashed, haha. I do agree.

  5. 155
    chris Says:

    i cant believe people are spending this much time and energy on this …. there are more important things … like has joe jonas come out of the closet or not :P

  6. 156
    de Cosmos Says:


    Are the Jonas brothers cut?

    What about Taylor Lautner and Zac Efron?

  7. 157
    de Cosmos Says:

    There used to be a long list of Hollywood endowments and circumcision status.

    Does anyone have a recent version?

  8. 158
    Riri Says:

    It is actually healthier and people do it for sanitary reasons- not just religious. It was also found to reduce the chance of catching an infected disease.
    Babies who are tongue-tie get a part of their skin cut.
    We cut a part of the skin that is attached to the umbilical cord.
    We cause babies pain when we give them shots/ immunization.
    Where they born “perfect”? yes, but medical and sanitary reasons always had us do some medical things to babies.

  9. 159
    rickyB Says:

    @Celia: After all, there’s always bath water to take care of what little “hygiene” is needed.

  10. 160
    longchamp Says:

    no cut = cuts the number of chicks he’ll get to be with. it’s just not cute, sexy, or clean. good luck w/that.

  11. 161
    myrick Says:


    Jenna, how could you possibly know that? And how do circumcised Jews look different from their gentile American and Canadian counterparts? And it could be that Jewish men compensate for the fact of circumcision by greater skill with their mouths and/or hands. at any rate, the ***** is not designed to appeal to your eyes or mine. It is designed to make its owner, and his chosen lady, FEEL good. That the intact ***** does rather well. How dysfunctional the circumcised ***** is, we don’t really know yet. It is very likely that circ damage varies widely across individuals, with only a minority being seriously impaired. But that minority is ample reason to abandon the practice.

  12. 162
    myrick Says:


    Female circ is illegal in the west, hence no reason to linger over it.

    His comments about circumcision of Jewish baby boys is bordering on antisemiticism and are at best tasteless.
    ME. He should have focused on the routine circumcision of American gentiles, the vast majority of circumcision performed in the USA.

    He obviously forgets that the United Nations has undertaken mass circumcisions of men and boys in Africa to combat AIDS…
    ME. Those campaigns are misguided and will backfire. They are based on clinical trials carried out in ways that make them a scientific scandal.

    Many American children are circumcised at birth…
    ME. Very very few parents have the urological or sexual sophistication required to make an informed choice here.

    and the parents can opt out if they wish to do so.
    ME. That was not true for much of the last century. Many boys, including my younger brother, were cut without their mother’s consent.

    There are states where the rate reaches 60% and these children are NOT JEWS.
    ME. The rate in some states has been over 85%. It is true that the vast majority of circs in the USA are not brises.

    The medical profession in the USA, the most advanced in the world, obviously believes that the procedure helps to combat many diseases and for that reason supports the wide-spread circumcision of boys.
    ME. This sentence is flat out wrong. The AMA and American Academy of Pediatrics does not endorse” circumcision. Rather, American medicine has declared the tender moving bits on the tip of the ***** to be optional, in that parents can elect to have those bits removed without giving a reason. The foreskin is the only part of the human body treated in this fashion.

    As a Jew I believe that those parents wishing to circumcise their week old baby sons have the right to do so. My two beautiful grandsons were operated on by a top surgeon who undertook the procedure which took about two minutes. No pain, no suffering, no after effects – nothing.
    ME. If lidocaine was not injected, they felt pain. Lidocaine is still not a common part of bris. The after effects we intactivists worry most about often do not manifest themselves until adult life or even middle age.

  13. 163
    Orchid Says:

    76 Matthew @ 06/10/2011 at 2:14 am
    This thread is about circumcision, not abortion.

  14. 164
    Orchid Says:

    92 Sarla @ 06/10/2011 at 7:05 am -12
    Nonsense, Sarla, that guy had bad hygiene!

  15. 165
    Orchid Says:

    130 AJoanna @ 06/10/2011 at 10:18 am -13
    Start a thread about abortion and we’ll be there too. This thread is about circumcision.

  16. 166
    Who is he again? Says:

    Obviously, westerners will oppose this. It’s not always about science, it has to with faith. and yes! Muslims, Christians (true Christians that is, sadly a few are left of it) and Jews, may never get along, but NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO QUESTION OUR FAITH. Is Russel even a christian? You just can’t just say, “OK! i believe in God, while the rest is my FREE CHOICE”….. doesn’t work that way. What is it like SCIENTOLOGY the new religion for these schmucks? LOSERS!!… any how something you won’t find the non-believers believeing…….

  17. 167
    Matthew Says:

    I agree with him to a degree… I am “pro choice” on this issue. Why not let your child decide when they are an adult if they want this kind of surgery? I have my foreskin, and was educated by my parents how to clean and take care of it in the bath tub as a young boy.

    I have many friends who don’t have a foreskin and wish that they did – god made man with a foreskin for a reason, the same with tonsils and gaul bladders. I can see that you can live with out these 3 things, but why unnecessarily remove any of them, especially without connect?

  18. 168
    Josh Says:

    I absolutely agree. If a boy wants to be circumsized, it should be his decision. There’s no reason for mutilating a baby’s genitals.

  19. 169
    Tora Says:

    Thank you, Russel Crowe! You are right, nature/God does not make mistakes and we don’t have the right to amputate healthy functioning tissue from non-consenting children. As an RN, I have seen circumcisions done and it is a barbaric practice. 80% of the world’s men have their foreskins, lucky for them and their partners. His body, his choice!

  20. 170
    Hotel del Coronado Says:

    I agree with him . Removing a healthy tissue from a baby should be totally discouraged and parents should educate themselves better . Besides cleaning is so simple that it is laughable some people even question that . I see religion is yet again involved * roll eyes * in creating conflicts instead the opposite .

  21. 171
    DW Says:

    Wrong Wrong Wrong. Masturbation had nothing to do with circumcision. It was done for cleanliness. GOD is the one who instituted it on the 8th day after birth so if you think its stupid then tell Him his laws, commandmenets etc are stupid. Maybe He will just slap the tar out of you instead of killing you. Numbskull!

  22. 172
    Cinnamon Says:

    I see nothing controversial about Russell Crowe sharing his opinion! Nonetheless, telling us to f**k off if we didn’t agree was puerile. My kid brother had it done when he was about three, and there was a lot of pain and trauma. One of the best kept secrets here is that doctors sometimes “slip up” and the boy has to be raised as a girl. I decided that since I have no religious obligations, I wasn’t going to do this to my son.

  23. 173
    Samantha Says:


    So you think a woman who is raped and then gets pregnant should have to have that baby? So you would force her to have a baby even though she was not a willing participant in the sex act? Really?

  24. 174
    Samantha Says:


    When a guy has an erect pen!s it doesn’t look that much different. Get over it!

  25. 175
    fred Says:

    Actually, the circumcision covenant was between the Jews and God as a covenantal sign of their relationship.

    Circumcision is NOT destructive. I can’t believe people get so worked up over it. Morons in San Francisco have nothing better to do than to try to get it outlawed.

    Of course, they do nothing to try to eliminate “Up Your Alley” and other events too base to discuss here. Right, but circumcision is the enemy.

    While we’re at it, I don’t recall ONE unborn baby EVER giving permission to the other to kill it…

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