Is Russell Crowe An Anti-Semite?

Friday, June 10 by
Russell Crowe reacts to Lana Del Ray"s SNL performance. 

“Hey, look! A celebrity said something stupid on Twitter! Let’s make a big deal about it!”

And so it goes. This time, the celebrity in question is Russell Crowe, and the tweets in question have to do with circumcision. Of all the things I thought I might be writing about today, The Gladiator‘s views on foreskin removal were near the bottom of the list. But yet, here we are. And to make matters worse, the tweets have resulted in charges of anti-Semitism. It’s days like this I wish that whole rapture thing had panned out.

So, what’s all the hubbub? It all started when an expecting father asked Crowe (via Twitter) if he should have his son circumcised. Because honestly, when it comes to the matter of baby dicks, who else are you going to ask? I won’t post the entire rant, but Crowe was quick to reply.

  • Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature?
  • Is it real that God requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect.
  • Last of it, if you feel it is your right to cut things off your babies please unfollow and f**k off; I’ll take attentive parenting over barbarism.

So, in case you’re not adept at picking up on subtlety, Russell Crowe does not like circumcision. But the real problems started when Crowe tweeted to the Bear Jew himself, Eli Roth.

  • 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

And you can imagine where it went from there. The Hollywood Reporter labeled the remarks as anti-Semitic, the twitterverse was up in arms, and the statue of Anne Frank in Amsterdam shed a single tear.

Now, Crowe’s comments are many things: obnoxious, stupid, pompous. But they are by no stretch anti-Semitic. Yes, the “little hats” comment was somewhat condescending, but it’s hardly a matter for the ADL. Eli Roth himself said as much, chastising the Hollywood Reporter for even suggesting Crowe was a bigot, and claiming that the hat comment was a joke between friends.

The Bear Jew is right (he’s always right, damn it). Russell Crowe is not an anti-Semite. However, he’s also not terribly bright. He’s entitled to his opinion, but what in the world made him think that going on a Twitter rant about baby foreskin was a good idea? Does the man who starred in Virtuosity bring a unique take on the matter to the table? And why, oh why, did he make the “little hats” comment in the first place? Yes, I believe he was making a joke to his friend, but why broadcast such a joke to the entire Internet? Eli Roth knows you’re kidding. Eli the militant Jewish man with a chip on his shoulder might not. You’re just asking for trouble.

But of all the stupidity on display, the following Tweet takes the cake. In response someone who commented on the supposed scientifically proven benefits of circumcision, Crowe had this to say…

  • @Hodanismail My friend, “human” science has caused too much damage, don’t be a moron

I don’t even know where to begin. First of all, why is “human” in quotes? Human as opposed to what? Elven science? Christian Science? What the hell is he talking about.

Second, why the hell is he bitching about science? Granted, not everything science has brought us has been good (the Industrial Revolution lead to pollution, splitting the atom lead to nuclear war, the ability to record music lead to the Black Eyed Peas, etc.). But considering Russell Crowe is probably alive today because of vaccines, travels around the world on private jets, and works in a field that is completely dependent on technology, I find it baffling that he feels the need to beat up on science. Perhaps instead of being a rich and famous movie star in a highly developed civilization, he’d be more at home wearing animal skins while squatting in his own shit, and desperately searching for food to bring back to his cave before the sun god goes away for the night?

Yes, while Russell Crowe might not be an anti-Semite, it is still very possible that he’s an idiot.

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  1. June 10, 2011 2:36 pm


    Russell Crowe may not be an anti semite but is certainly outspoken. OTOH he’s a right to speak his mind.  Who knows maybe he was drunk. Just a thought and not a definite statement.

  2. June 10, 2011 2:36 pm


     I thought about that possibility. Either way, I wish there had been something better to write about today. *Sigh.*

  3. June 10, 2011 2:36 pm


    I think it’s great that he spoke out against mutilation of baby genitals. It’s too bad that he was pressured into apologizing for standing up for the rights of little babies.

  4. June 10, 2011 2:36 pm


    kill rabies, not babies

  5. June 10, 2011 2:36 pm


    You can’t joke about anything anymore. No wonder nothing is funny. Everything’s a fucking crusade, even two guys in womens’ underwear blowing each other. Give us a break. Like Tracy Morgan has never had to contend with fat black man jokes.

  6. June 10, 2011 2:36 pm


    Obviously Mr Crow doesn’t care much about bacteria….nasty boy!
    the truth is there many many good reasons for circumcision..and by good i mean healthful….but to each his own

  7. June 10, 2011 2:36 pm


    What about bacteria?

    What are these good reasons for circumcision, exactly?

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  9. June 10, 2011 2:36 pm


    Are you serious? Are you that brainwashed by these kool aid drinking wack jobs?? OMG… I’m amazed at how dumb these past two generations have wonder our country is so fucked up.

  10. June 10, 2011 2:36 pm


    I notice that you didn’t actually answer the question.
    Please explain the part about bacteria. Is that the same reason you want to cut off a woman’s clitoris and clitoral hood as well? Because, as you know, there are bacteria!

    And what are these good reasons for circumcision? I notice that you pathetically dodged that question.

  11. June 10, 2011 2:36 pm


    …something you aren’t getting any of. Because you like the cock.

  12. June 10, 2011 2:36 pm


    IT’s okay to be a bigot if you’re in Hollywood.

  13. June 10, 2011 2:36 pm


    It’s not OK to be an idiot like you.

    What on earth makes him a bigot exactly?

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