November 12, 2014
Russell Crowe tweets in support of mother trying to stop circumcision of sonRUSSELL Crowe looks to have weighed in on the circumcision debate yet again, tweeting in support of a mother trying to stop her son from being circumcised.
The actor re-tweeted a tweet which is trying to raise support and money for the mother who has been given a gag order by the courts.
Heather Hironimus is trying to stop her four-year-old son, Chase, from having a circumcision, an operation she feels is unnecessary and a risk to his health.
A Florida court decided to rule against her and allow the procedure to go ahead[. H]owever she has since been granted an emergency motion to stay by a West Palm Beach court.
YouCaring, a free online fundraising site has taken up Hironimus’s cause, aiming to draw attention to her plight and to provide a place for people to contribute financially for the appeal.
As Hironimus has been prohibited from fundraising for her appeal, the site is doing it for her without her participation they claim.
According to court records, in December 2011, Heather Hironimus signed a parenting agreement which gave Chase’s father, Dennis Nebus, permission to have their (then) baby boy circumcised.
The procedure wasn’t carried out while he was still an infant and Hironimus decided that “as he (Chase) became older the surgery, and anaesthesia, were fraught with additional risks”.
She argues that the surgery is purely cosmetic and the parenting plan no longer pertains to a now older, and more aware, boy.
Paediatric urologist Charles Flack told the judge that circumcision is not medically necessary.
It’s no surprise that Crowe has sided with Hironimus’s case having previously criticised the practice of circumcision.
The gladiator actor got into an angry exchange on Twitter in 2011 telling Jewish people to “stop cutting your babies”.
The debate started when one of his fans called @picknic11 asked him, “My son is due soon. Do you think I should get him circumstanced? [sic]”
Crowe tweeted back “Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect.”
“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.
“I will always stand for the perfection of babies, I will always believe in God, not man’s interpretation of what God requires.
“Last of it, if u feel it is yr right 2 cut things off yr babies please unfollow and f--- off, I’ll take attentive parenting over barbarism.”
His outburst provoked numerous responses from his followers with one saying, “There’s actually a scientific reason for [circumcision], u should google it.”
In response Crowe tweeted, “My friend, “human” science has caused too much damage, don’t be a moron.”
Another follower told him, “I disagree on Circumcision, It’s more hygienic and nobody remembers it”, to which Crowe responded “Hygienic? Why don’t you sew up your a-- then?”
Crowe also apparently likened circumcision to human sacrifice, when another follower asked, “You are comparing sexual mutilation w/ a jewish ceremonial act?!”
He replied, “Can you actually read the words you just typed “ a ceremonial act” F--- that. The Mayans had ceremonial acts too.”
He later apologised for his comments saying, “I realize that some will interpret this debate as me mocking the rituals and traditions of others”.
“I am very sorry.” And in another post, he declared, “I have a deep and abiding love for all people of all nationalities ...”