Entertainment Russell Crowe defends 'sodomy' joke about co-star

00:49  08 december  2017
00:49  08 december  2017 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Russell Crowe Jokes About ‘ Sodomizing ’ Co - Star On-Set. She - www.thedailybeast.com. She Defends Him. Russell Crowe has defended his bizarre AACTA Awards joke about sodomy , after critics branded his speech 'tone deaf.'

Russell Crowe Jokes About ‘ Sodomizing ’ Co - Star On-Set. She - www.thedailybeast.com. She Defends Him. Russell Crowe has defended his bizarre AACTA Awards joke about sodomy , after critics branded his speech 'tone deaf.'

Russell Crowe.© Getty Images Russell Crowe. Talk about poor timing!

Russell Crowe is defending a controversial joke he made during the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards on Tuesday about "sodomizing" co-star Jacqueline McKenzie on the set of the 1992 film "Romper Stomper."

The joke comes amid a slew of sexual assault allegations against Hollywood heavyweights.

"The way I delivered the story was to elicit that half cringe/half laugh reaction…Obviously I was only intending to make people laugh," Crowe said in a statement released by Sydney radio station 2GB's Ben Fordham on Thursday.

"Especially Jacquie, and she did. I didn't mean any offence to anyone and it wasn't a comment on other issues."

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She Defends Him. Russell Crowe has never been accused of an excess of sensitivity, but even by his standards a joke he made at an Australian movie awards ceremony was unwise in the current climate.

'It was uncomfortable… scenes like that always are’: Actress Jacqueline McKenzie defends Russell Crowe ’s comments about sodomy as she filming R-rated sex scene in 1991.Actress Jacqueline McKenzie has broken her silence on co - star Russell Crowe 's 'tone deaf' joke about 'sodomising' her

During the awards show Crowe, 53, took the stage to share an anecdote about "sensitivity" in the movie and TV industries. In doing so, he recalled a sex scene he and McKenzie shot together, during which he claimed to have engaged in sodomy with the actress unintentionally.

"I didn't actually intend to do that - I was trying to keep my bits away from her bits, and she's been given one of those pieces of elastic that the girls get when you do those scenes, which protects them from all things, and my bits and pieces were in a little canvas sack with a drawstring," he recalled.

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'It was uncomfortable… scenes like that always are’: Actress Jacqueline McKenzie defends Russell Crowe ’s comments about sodomy as she Actress Jacqueline McKenzie has broken her silence on co - star Russell Crowe 's 'tone deaf' joke about 'sodomising' her in 1991 R-rated film Romper Stomper.

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"And it was actually my desire to keep the bits apart. It wasn't until the opening night of the film that it was pointed out by none other than Jackie McKenzie's beautiful late mother that we were in fact, in her mind, engaged in sodomy. Anyway, that was just a story about sensitivity!"

Crowe's comments are made all the more cringe-worthy by the fact that McKenzie is one of many famous women who have come forward about sexual harassment and other such behavior.

McKenzie recently revealed she suffered "sexual harassment, bullying, groping, lascivious comments and unwanted advances" during her time in the spotlight.

She claimed to have reported the misconduct, which occurred when she was in her 20s, but said it was ignored.

"The people involved were protected, the behavior was ignored or swept under the rug," she told The Australian.

"One response to a legal letter I did send - demanding an assurance I would be safe on set - was met by the producer saying: 'I can't give this letter to him (an actor). He'll go crazy.'"

McKenzie, 50, responded to Crowe's comments after the awards show, posting on Facebook that the "conversation of sexual harassment in the workplace bares no relevance to this."

"There were no blurry lines on that awkward day back in 1991. As there should never be. Geoffry Write, the wardrobe department and the crew dealt 'sensitively' with the both of us as we all navigated a confronting scene in an extraordinary breakout film that won awards all over the world," she wrote.

"The irony -what we actors are asked to do in scenes and how we actually film them- is what we laugh at. Then and now."

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