Apparently, today is the day for celebrities to come out with really insensitive commentary. Australian actor Russell Crowe took to Twitter to protest circumcision — you know, just your average Friday morning debate. He ended his little tirade with “many jewish friends, I love my Jewish friends, I love the apples and the honey and the funny little hats but stop cutting yr babies @eliroth.”
Well, well, well, Mr. Crowe. This is quite a statement. Of course, Eli Roth came to the actor’s defense, tweeting “@russellcrowe is a great person — people are taking a joke to ME on twitter and are using it as an excuse to vilify a good man.” Phew, at least we can all rest easy knowing that Crowe’s controversial opinions were only being used to make a joke about Eli Roth, nevermind the fact (as Vulture pointed out) that the man still expressed these beliefs for the world to see and be offended by out on the interwebs. (Also, dear Russell Crowe and Eli Roth, there are these wonderful things called Direct Messages, or emails, or text messages, or Facebook messages, or even private messages on LinkedIn that you can use to make jokes intended for each other in the future. JUST FYI.)
My favorite part of all of this is the extensive Twitter battle Crowe engaged in after sending these tweets. (Check it out here.) He not only took the time to post all of these things, but he took the time to reply to all the folks he pissed off with a few sarcastic remarks. Someone needs to put him in a movie, he’s clearly very bored.
Of course, just like Tracy Morgan did after his homophobic rant, Crowe issued an apology (via Twitter, of course):
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
Wow. Something’s going on in Hollywood. Is there a PR rep strike we don’t know about?