Three cheers for Russell Crowe? Not likely.
The Oscar winner—and Australian rugby league team owner—has given the boot to his club's cheerleaders after receiving complaints that the women's skimpy outfits left fans of both sexes feeling uncomfortable.
Though probably for completely different reasons.
Crowe made the announcement Thursday night during a press conference for his team, the South Sydney Rabbitohs, one of the oldest in the Aussie premiere league. He said that in lieu of the scantily clad cheer squad, the team would instead be supported by a drum band comprised of both men and women.
"The focus on game day should be a positive experience for the crowd. We feel they made a lot of people uncomfortable," he said. "It makes women uncomfortable and it makes blokes who take their son to the football uncomfortable."
Crowe said the decision came about after receiving complaints, including one by his own wife, Danielle Spencer, about the cheerleaders.
"We examined game day and wanted to contemporize and make the focus football," he said. "The positive response we've got particularly from women like my wife when they heard this was happening makes it a little easier for them to go to the game and simply enjoy the actual sport."
"We've talked to a lot of people and everyone sees it as being progressive."
Maybe not everyone.
The ladies of the cheer squad have already spoken out about their axing, calling it disappointing and unfair.
"We were employed by the Souths as professional dancers and our role as cheerleaders was simply to add glamour to the image of the NRL in terms of marketing," Ashleigh Francis told the Daily Telegraph.
The Gladiator star bought a 75 percent stake in the National Rugby League team last March, ponying up $3 million with business partner Peter Holmes in order to secure the honor of being the majority owner in one of the oldest and most famous clubs in the injury-inducing sport.