Actor Russell Crowe apologized on Friday for comments he made on his official Twitter page on Thursday regarding circumcision.
After an expectant mother Tweeted at the Academy Award-winner asking his opinion on the procedure, Crowe launched a series of Tweets against circumcision.
"Circumcision is barbaric and stupid," Crowe wrote in one Tweet. "Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin?"
He added in another Tweet, this time to director Eli Roth, saying "I love my Jewish friends, I love the apples and the honey and the funny little hats but stop cutting yr babies @eliroth."
On Friday the actor issued a statement, which was obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com, apologizing his remarks. "I am deeply sorry for the insensitive comments I made on Twitter this morning. Like everyone, I have my own strong opinions, but in attempting to state and argue them through humor, I insulted the traditions and beliefs of others," Crowe said. "That was not my intention, but it is my fault. I have a deep and abiding love for all people and all cultures, and I am deeply sorry for any distress I have caused by my insensitive remarks."
Circumcision has become a heated topic of discussion in the parenting community. Voters in San Francisco 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 "Gladiator" star also extended his apology to his Twitter followers saying, "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."
Crowe also assured his followers that he would still be using the social networking service despite the controversy.
"This is a great forum for communication, I, like any human have my opinions and you all have yours, thank you for trusting me with them," he wrote on Friday.
In April it was reported that Crowe is reportedly looking to make his debut as a director by helming a period crime drama called '77.'