Monday, June 13, 2011

Russell Crowe: "Circumcision Is Barbaric and Stupid"

The #FFtrends June 10

The actor, the number 2 on the Australian ranking, was called anti-Semitic

"Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature?", tweeted last Thursday the Oscar winner. "Is it real that God requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect". After several of his followers tweeted messages of support, the actor reached out to his Jewish friends to encourage them to reject their long tradition of ceremonial circumcision. "I love my Jewish friends, I love the apples and the honey and the funny little hats, but stop cutting your babies", he wrote.

Early Friday morning, after deleting the tweet, Crowe apologized for offending his followers, telling them: "I have a deep and abiding love for all people of all nationalities. I'm very sorry that I have said things on here that have caused distress. 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". Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) has been the number 2 in the Australian ranking.

Teenager writes a "bucket list" of things she wants to do before she dies of cancer

Alice Pyne, 15, has been fighting Hodgkin's lymphoma - cancer of the white blood cells - for four years. One week ago she created a blog, where she wrote “I've created a bucket list because there are so many things I still want to do in my life... some are possible, some will remain a dream. My blog is to document this precious time with my family and friends, doing the things I want to do. You only have one life... live it!”.

Three days later Alice created a Twitter account (@alice_pyne), that has conquered the 3th on the worldwide ranking and the 2nd in the English ranking.

Top is her aim to persuade everyone in the UK to sign up to a donor programme. It seems that it is succeeding. British Prime Minister David Cameron has taken up the challenge of the teenager. Mr Cameron's pledge came in the Commons after Barrow Labour MP John Woodcock highlighted the youngster's ambitions: "We do want to get as many people as possible on to the bone marrow register and I'm sure the Leader of the Opposition and I can discuss this."