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Russell Crowe apologizes for circumcision tweets

June 10, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Russell Crowe apologized Friday after he lashed out at the practice of male circumcision in a series of Tweets.

Thursday, the Oscar-winning actor Tweeted, scoffing at the argument that clipping the foreskin serves the cause of hygiene, and said a newborn baby to be perfect on delivery.

His online tirades were triggered by a Tweeted question from an expectant parent of a son who asked whether or not the boy should be circumcised.

Hours later, the actor was apparently having second thoughts about his cutting remarks, which had then disappeared from his account.

"I realize that some will interpret this debate as me mocking the rituals and traditions of others," he said in a fresh tweet on Friday. "I am very sorry." And in another post, he declared, "I have a deep and abiding love for all people of all nationalities."

In a similar statement released by his media representative Friday, Crowe said, "I am deeply sorry for any distress I have caused by my insensitive remarks."

The medical benefits of circumcision have lately become a heated topic of discussion in the parenting community as San Francisco voters face a proposal on the November ballot to ban the circumcision of male children under the age of 18. Opponents say a ban on a religious rite considered sacred by Jews and Muslims would be a blatant violation of constitutional rights.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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