© AFP/GETTYRussell Crowe - talking sense on circumcision
Russell Crowe, the Gladiator star, has sparked outrage after describing circumcision as barbaric in an angry four-letter outburst on the social networking site Twitter.

The Oscar-winning actor laballed the practice "barbaric and stupid" during a row with his Twitter followers, telling them to "f--- off" if they disagreed with him.

The 47-year-old engaged in an angry exchange with one follower, whom he branded a "moron", before imploring Jewish people to "stop cutting your babies".

The debate followed a question by one of his fans called @picknic11 who asked him: "My son is due soon. Do you think I should get him circumstanced? [sic]"

Crowe tweeted: "Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect."

He added: "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."

The outburst provoked dozens of responses from his followers. One said: "There's actually a scientific reason for [circumcision], u should google it."

Crowe replied: "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 replied "Hygienic? Why don't you sew up your ass then?" The follower then seemingly offered to fight Crowe if he was ever in Newfoundland.

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."