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

02:42  08 december  2017
02:42  08 december  2017 Source:   New York Daily News

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Talk about poor timing! Russell Crow 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.".

Russell Crowe has defended his bizarre AACTA Awards joke about sodomy , after critics branded his speech 'tone deaf.' 'I was sodomising Jacqueline McKenzie (female co - star ) on the set of Romper Stomper. I didn't actually intend to do that': It's alleged the ' joke ' did not please the crowd, with a silent

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

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During a recent award show appearance, Russell Crowe took to making a surprisingly off-color joke about “ sodomizing ” his co - star while filming the 1992 movie “Romper Stomper.” While presenting at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards

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.

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.

"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!"

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The joke was met with muted laughter, and has since drawn criticism for being a ‘tone deaf’ joke . The 53-year-old has since released a statement apologising for any offense caused by his words. Russell Crowe in Romper Stomper (Picture: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock).

Actress Jacqueline McKenzie has broken her silence on co - star Russell Crowe 's 'tone deaf' joke at AACTA Awards about 'sodomising' her in 1991 'It was uncomfortable… scenes like that always are’: Actress Jacqueline McKenzie defends Russell Crowe ’s comments about sodomy as she insists

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 behaviour.

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 behaviour 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."

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Russell Crowe Just Made a Strange Joke About Sodomizing His Female Co - Star . 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 .

Russell Crowe made a joke about “ sodomizing ” his co - star in the 1992 movie “Romper Stomper” at Wednesday’s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, in a riff that was cut from the broadcast version of the ceremony.

"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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