Celebrity talk show host Oprah Winfrey endorses a face cream made from foreskins, causing the ire (and an eventual protest) of foreskin advocates. Despite the tabloid flair of the title, this story is actually very true.
Human foreskins apparently help keep Oprah looking young and wrinkle-free, as they are used in a product called SkinMedica, which the talk show legend endorses. Specifically, SkinMedica includes the ingredient foreskin fibroblast, which is “a piece of human skin used as culture to grow other skin or cells.”
Here’s where it gets fun.
Winfrey made her first appearance in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Thursday before a sold-out crowd at Rogers Arena, reports MSN. When Oprah appeared, Glen Callender, founder of the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project, and a self-proclaimed pro-foreskin advocate, appeared with supporters to protest her support of SkinMedica.
Callender says that it’s hypocritical of Oprah to denounce female genital mutilation while endorsing a face cream made of human foreskins, reports The Toronto Sun.
“Imagine how Oprah would respond if a skin cream for men went on the market that was made from parts of the genitalia of little girls,” Callender said. “That would be an outrage and rightly so.”
SkinMedica ads say that Oprah endorses the product as her “magic fountain of youth and miracle wrinkle solution.” Her camp did not comment on the protest.
“I would like Oprah to come to her senses and realize that all children have a fundamental human right to keep all their genitalia and to decide for themselves if anything gets cut off,” Callender said Wednesday.
Callender calls the Foreskin Awareness Project as Canada’s “feistiest pro-foreskin advocacy group” with the admitted goal of “foreskin education and appreciation.”