Award-winning actor Russell Crowe is eating crow today after he issued a series of anti-Semitic tweets yesterday bashing circumcision.

The tweets, which have since been deleted, called the ancient Jewish practice “barbaric” and “stupid” and mocked it as a “donation:”

Read Russell Crowes Anti Semitic Twitter TiradeHuffPo recounts the rest of tweets, which include a patronizing reference to yarmulkes and even a crass reference to hygiene:

“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 @eliroth” he wrote, tweeting at the horror director specifically and yarmulke-wearers more generally.

Crowe then brought his own holy phallic beliefs into the picture.

“I will always stand for the perfection of babies, i will always believe in God, not man’s interpretation of what God requires,” he wrote, before continuing, “last of it, if u feel it is yr right 2 cut things off yr babies please unfollow and f**k off,I’ll take attentive parenting over barbarism.”

After a number of retweets of supportive fans and responses to those critical of his position — including one in which he said, “Hygenic? Why don’t you sew up your ass then?” — Crowe reached out to his “Jewish friends,” asking them to reject their long tradition of ceremonial circumcision.

It’s obvious Crowe started taking heat for the controversial remarks. Earlier today, he tried to soften them by saying he couldn’t help how he felt, blaming “lazy” journalists, and refusing to apologize:

Read Russell Crowes Anti Semitic Twitter TiradeThe doubling down didn’t last long. Apparently aware that trumpeting an anti-Semitic position is a PR nightmare, Crowe became much more contrite in three later messages:

Read Russell Crowes Anti Semitic Twitter Tirade

Still, as Crowe reiterated, he still unashamedly holds the belief. That begs the question: Is he really admitting fault, or just saying he’s sorry others are upset?