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Eli Roth: Russell Crowe Is NOT Anti-Semitic

6/10/2011 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Eli Roth is outraged that a reporter for The Hollywood Reporter took what he says was a "joking exchange between friends" -- Eli and Russell Crowe -- and then attacked Crowe as being anti-Semitic.

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It all started when Eli and Russell -- who often tease each other on Twitter -- were joking about circumcision.  Crowe tweeted, "I love my Jewish friends.  I love the apple and the honey and the funny little hats but stop cutting yr babies," adding, "I'll take attentive parenting over barbarism."

Apparently a reporter from The Hollywood Reporter saw the exchange and went after Russell with a headline that said he "insults Jews."

Eli tells TMZ, "The headline blatantly attempts to make Russell look like an anti-Semite.  It's tabloid journalism at its worst."

Eli adds, "No one contacted either of us.  It's terrible.  Russell is a great person and respectful of all religions."

And, Eli says, "The press is trying to terrify celebrities into not using Twitter.  They want to show they can still ruin you.  It's sickening."

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61.

Veritatis Amans    

Genital mutilation is barbaric - doesn't matter who does it or why.

1170 days ago
62.

Howie    

@the Seeker: You say you dug tunnels to bring medicine and milk to the children of Palestine? You make me laugh. Palestinians have never been short of food or medicine which is trucked to them daily, every day, in hundreds of trucks across the Israeli border into Gaza. Who are you trying to fool? The poor starving people of Gaza, my left ass cheek! No one is starving in Gaza. Anyone needing medical care that is special and cannot be given enough specialized medical attention in any one of many Gazan hospitals is actually allowed to enter Israel and is given free medical care including free surgeries and free medicines and free beds in hospitals in Israel, you dumbass!

Arab Muslims who are observant eat only Halal food or if Halal food is unavailable, they will eat only Kosher food which is similar to Halal food, prepared in a similar way, you moron. Arab Muslims love Kosher food if Halal food is not available, the same way that Jews will love to eat Halal food if Kosher food is not available. There is very little difference between Kosher and Halal food. You would know that if you dug tunnels into Gaza, but you dug no tunnels so you don't know that. You're an out and out, complete liar and a bad one at that.

There is no blockade of Gaza. There is an interdiction zone that prevents arms (weapons) from entering Gaza by air, the sea or Israel. Egypt has opened its border with Gaza recently and people and goods including food and medicine can enter Gaza from Egypt now. Food and medicine to support the over 1 million people in Gaza have always entered Gaza from Israel even though the government of Gaza is Hamas and Hamas has sworn in their Charter to destroy Israel and kill all the Jews there.

Hamas is a terrorist group, recognized as a terrorist group by the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and the European Union. You say you are a supporter of Hamas. Therefore, it follows that you are a supporter of a terrorist organization. Therefore, you have been reported to the American authorities for supporting a recognized terrorist organization.

1170 days ago
63.

Ruth    

Russell Crowe is one of my favourite actors but I was stunned to read his ignorant and stupid comments about cir***cision. Surely this must be a personal choice for every parent, Jewish or not. Don't forget that Muslims are also cir***cised but at a much later age.

We must remember that millions of non-Jews in the United States and elsewhere are cir***cised for various reasons, mainly medical. The World Health Organisation strongly advises cir***cision and in fact promotes a health programme in Southern Africa, one of the centres of the AIDS scourge, whereby adult males are also cir***cised. Does Russell think that is also barbaric?

I am a completely secular Jew and believe that everyone should make their own choice. We cir***cised our son and now our grandsons, a short, easy medical procedure without any pain or side-effects. I have no problem with Jewish people who choose otherwise but I don't like ignorant people like Russell Crowe making fun of a 3000 year-old tradition. I haven't used the word antisemitic because I don't think he is - he is just an idiot and this is something we have all known for a long long time.

p.s. Why didn't he speak out against female cir***cision, a barbaric custom found in many Muslim and African countries?

1170 days ago
64.

Ruth    

@Howie:

Excellent post!

1170 days ago
65.

Howie    

Veritas Amans 3 minutes ago

Genital mutilation is barbaric - doesn't matter who does it or why.
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Yes. Male cir***cision is not considered by American medical authorities or the AMA to be genital mutilation. It is considered by many doctors and medical organizations to be a preventive and precautionary medical procedure that diminishes the chances of males developing sexually transmitted diseases or penile cancer.

Female cir***cision of their genitalia, on the other hand, which is prevalent in Muslim countries has not been shown to have any health benefits and is considered to be genital mutilation by the AMA, most American and European doctors and most Western medical organizations and the World Health Organization.

1170 days ago
66.

Howie    

Ruth about a minute ago

@Howie:

Excellent post!
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@Ruth:

Thanks. Be well.

1170 days ago
67.

active    

It was a christian reporter for the 'hollywood reporter' Timothy Miller, who reported this.

Jewish people have no problem with opinions on cir***cision. Who cares. It's just this christian "timothy miller" causing problems for religions.

1170 days ago
68.

active    

The word "antisemitic" is an OLD word - it is useless in the year 2011 - a better word is BIGOT

Russel Crowe is not a bigot - he just had an opinion - and then the opinion was taken by a christian reporter, timothy miller, and make it propaganda, to look like jewish people had a problem with it .... WE dont! This is how propaganda gets started ... people report stories, when no one is asking them too!

1170 days ago
69.

active    

jewish people have no problem with russel crowe. In fact, we never said he was a bigot - it was a christian reporter, timothy miller from the hollywood reporter.

timothy miller is a christian and no jewish person asked him to 'take our side' ... because this is a non-story.

hilter's 1919 letter saying he wanted jews "removed" from germany and called jews "inbred" - that is more newsworthy - hilter, who gassed, buried alive, tortured, medical experiments - thats who timothy miller needs to write a story about, not mr. crowe

1170 days ago
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billy cema    

The un-cir***cized will have much annoyance to contend with later in life.
They will have to clean themselves a lot, and contend with urine dripping. Also, the odor of urine makes constant sanitation a must!

1170 days ago
71.

billy cema    

Russell Crowe couldn't be LESS anti-semitic!
Anyway, the un-cir***cized will have much problems later in life. And the cause will be urine. It will be hard to keep clean and free of urine! And there's the odor involved.
Is it still worth it to have all that extra fold? Maybe there could be cir***cision for the elderly?

1170 days ago
72.

ashley    

HOWIE: BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH

@Howie: STFU. Liberal ass b****

1170 days ago
73.

active    

those that are saying that u are called antisemitic if u have an opinion against cir***cision are silly - it was a christian reporter, timothy miller who posted this article for the hollywood reporter. no jews asked mr. miller to write a story accusing russel crowe of bigotry.

this is just another way for someone to create a 'fake reality', and get the real bigots to post on TMZ with their anti-jew comments.

jewish people respect anyone with any opinion.

1170 days ago
74.

the Seeker    

@ zog,
Come get me I am unafraid of your threats.More than half of America knows what you traitors did on 911 and Isreal and world jewry is a terrorist state ask the UN dumbass.The Palestinians do not want your jewish trinkets they want to grow and manufacture their own goods and services.No blockade,surely you jest.When did you draw the new maps and claim Isreal as a State oh yeah 1948, report this you foolish bigot.

1170 days ago
75.

What You Really Want To See    

And, Eli says, "The press is trying to terrify celebrities into not using Twitter. They want to show they can still ruin you. It's sickening."

That's the funniest thing I've heard in the past 90 seconds!

1170 days ago
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