web analytics
April 21, 2014 / 21 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



Anti-Circumcision Group Protesting Oprah’s Foreskin Medication

The cells are grown from a single foreskin obtained more than 20 years ago.
Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Share Button

The Toronto based Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project, is planning to protest appearances by Oprah Winfrey in Canada this week, over her endorsement of an anti-aging cream TNS Recovery Complex, made by the company SkinMedica, that uses cells reproduced from human foreskin.

“How would Oprah respond if a skin cream for men hit the market that was made using cells from the genitalia of little girls? I think she would be absolutely disgusted and appalled, and rightly so. So it’s crazy that she’s doing the opposite,” the group’s founder Glen Callender told the Toronto Star.

“We think it’s extremely hypocritical and distasteful that Oprah Winfrey — who is herself a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and an outspoken opponent of female genital mutilation — at the same time uses and promotes a product that wouldn’t exist if not for the forcible genital mutilation of boys.”

Callender organized a protest when Winfrey appeared in Vancouver in January.

SkinMedica founder Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick has previously stated that while an ingredient in the anti-wrinkle cream is derived from foreskin fibroblast, the cells are grown from a single foreskin obtained more than 20 years ago.

One foreskin.

Is it possible those Canadian anti-circumcision folks are a tad hypersensitive?

Share Button

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

Leave a comment (Select your commenting platform)

35 Responses to “Anti-Circumcision Group Protesting Oprah’s Foreskin Medication”

  1. Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgement of superiority and they are in a state of subjection. :P

  2. Craig Robertson..You are insane go back to hell where your prophet comes from..Torah is truth islam only distorts Truth..you will lose Israel will win Our G-D is greater than your evil religion

  3. This is a funny article LOL

  4. Josh Ram says:

    tell them to get a life, it has been proven to be healthier for the man and the woman partnered with him

  5. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    And these are the same Jew haters that have no issue using cells from live birth 'abortions' as those carried out by Planned Parenthood. The causation of their angst is obvious

  6. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    And these are the same Jew haters that have no issue using cells from live birth 'abortions' as those carried out by Planned Parenthood. The causation of their angst is obvious

  7. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    And these are the same Jew haters that have no issue using cells from live birth 'abortions' as those carried out by Planned Parenthood. The causation of their angst is obvious

  8. yeah really..its like they are so concerned for the men of this world. what a bunch of BS! Kudos to Oprah for doing her thing!

  9. Daniel Katz says:

    …There is no comparison between using male circumcised foreskin than the circumcised flesh of a female. The protestors are seriously meshugah.

    In Australia we use the foreskins for skin culturing to aid burns victims.

  10. Oprah is a New Age Witch.

  11. Doesn't it figure that Okrah would use such a product…. She's a proponent of Islam 101 Y'S and she heralds Obama Y'S.

  12. Actually, the last of the three protests happened the day before you published this piece. Way to keep ahead of the story, Yori! Especially considering that I personally sent The Jewish Press our press release on April 9….

  13. Joseph Lewis says:

    What if the cream would have been made from "one clitoris?" That would have been OK, right?

    Fact: Foreskins are still being bought and sold to pharmaceuticals. The ethical dilemma of profiting from flesh that is NOT YOURS remains.

  14. Joseph Lewis says:

    Um, I'm against abortion, let alone the usage of cells from dead babies. What smart remark have you got for ME?

  15. Journalists are the lowest form of life.

  16. Skin cells can only replicate so many times before they start to mutate gentically, so I'd bet SkinMedica is lying to cover-up their need for a gilgal.

  17. James Loewen says:

    There is far more to this story than reported here. The unethical fact is that baby boys are being sexually violated, genitals tampered with and mutilated, herpes being passed on by old men sucking the blood out of the infant's wounded penis (metzitzah b'peh), botched circumcisions and deaths. All the while unethical "beauty serums" are manufactured from stolen body parts for the consumption and promotion by vain, aging celebrities.

    SkinMedica founder Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick CLAIMS that all its product came from one foreskin; he's only started saying that since all the negative publicity about his product. Even if his product actually did come from one foreskin its still STOLEN HUMAN TISSUE froma achlid who could not consent.

    There's a story here but you didn't write it.

    At the forefront of the movement to protect the genital integrity rights of all children, Jewish children too, are some of the finest Jewish scholars who have devoted their time and considerable research to the issue. Learn sexual anatomy, learn sexual function. Understand how trauma impacts an infant and the adult he becomes. Then you can a story Mr. Yanover.

  18. James Loewen says:

    There is far more to this story than reported here. The unethical fact is that baby boys are being sexually violated, genitals tampered with and mutilated, herpes being passed on by old men sucking the blood out of the infant's wounded penis (metzitzah b'peh), botched circumcisions and deaths. All the while unethical "beauty serums" are manufactured from stolen body parts for the consumption and promotion by vain, aging celebrities.

    SkinMedica founder Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick CLAIMS that all its product came from one foreskin; he's only started saying that since all the negative publicity about his product. Even if his product actually did come from one foreskin its still STOLEN HUMAN TISSUE froma achlid who could not consent.

    There's a story here but you didn't write it.

    At the forefront of the movement to protect the genital integrity rights of all children, Jewish children too, are some of the finest Jewish scholars who have devoted their time and considerable research to the issue. Learn sexual anatomy, learn sexual function. Understand how trauma impacts an infant and the adult he becomes. Then you can a story Mr. Yanover.

  19. James Loewen says:

    There is far more to this story than reported here. The unethical fact is that baby boys are being sexually violated, genitals tampered with and mutilated, herpes being passed on by old men sucking the blood out of the infant's wounded penis (metzitzah b'peh), botched circumcisions and deaths. All the while unethical "beauty serums" are manufactured from stolen body parts for the consumption and promotion by vain, aging celebrities.

    SkinMedica founder Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick CLAIMS that all its product came from one foreskin; he's only started saying that since all the negative publicity about his product. Even if his product actually did come from one foreskin its still STOLEN HUMAN TISSUE froma achlid who could not consent.

    There's a story here but you didn't write it.

    At the forefront of the movement to protect the genital integrity rights of all children, Jewish children too, are some of the finest Jewish scholars who have devoted their time and considerable research to the issue. Learn sexual anatomy, learn sexual function. Understand how trauma impacts an infant and the adult he becomes. Then you can a story Mr. Yanover.

  20. James Loewen says:

    You brought up "Jew haters" where did that come from?

  21. She's a practicing Kabalah witch like Madona. They trick men with their charm spells into cutting off their prepuces for their love and then they dump them. Oprah's male partner is writing about how she made him get circumcised and is treating him like trash.

  22. Yeoman Roman says:

    James,

    One foreskin? I call BULL****.

    Human cells don't live and can't reproduce forever. 50-60 divisions or generations, that is it. They quit reproducing. The telomeres get shorter and shorter.

    The only cells that reproduce forever are cancer cells obtained from Henrietta Lacks, known as Hela cells. Their immortality was a HUGE benefit to research, – which the family has NEVER been paid for.

    If foreskins cells lasted forever, it would be HUGE NEWS.

    They don't reproduce forever.

    Therefore, they are still being harvested.

  23. Even if it is ONE foreskin, it is ONE foreskin stolen, ONE foreskin forcibly removed for cosmetic reasons, ONE foreskin ripped from it's owner without consent, anesthesia, or pain killers, ONE foreskin that continues, 20 years later, to promote this archaic and barbaric ritual blood ceremony. I think that one foreskin, that one boy it was stolen from, deserves a voice. Thankfully, someone has done so. No, it most certainly isn't over-reacting. In fact, I think everyone else is UNDER-reacting. There should be ubiquitous outrage! This practice needs to end immediately. I'd be there with the other protesters if I could. Stay strong, guys! We have knowledge, logic, and our united voice on our side. It's only a matter of time before this horrendous practice becomes a thing of the past, and no baby's body parts will be stolen and sold to produce retched beauty products.

  24. Howard Lovecraft says:

    I bet they wouldn't be ok with with cream made with cells from one innocent person circa 1944 even if it cured a horrible disease let alone be used in a cosmetic cream.There would be no end to the screaming and protest and rightfully so.Where is their compassion and humanity?Being an ancient religious practice does not exempt said practice from the march forward of human rights.

  25. Hugh Intactive says:

    "Jew haters"? That came out of left field. The circumcision in question was certainly "medical". But there's a man over 20 who doesn't know that his stolen foreskin helps make Oprah rich. And the answer to your question is No.

  26. Studies show that circumcision causes significant pain and trauma, behavioral and neurological changes in infants, potential parental stress from persistent crying (colic) of infants, disrupted bonding between parent and child, and risk of surgical complications. Other consequences of circumcision include loss of a natural, healthy, functioning body part, reduced sexual pleasure, potential psychological problems, and unknown negative effects that have not been studied.

    Some circumcised men resent that they are circumcised. Sexual anxieties, reduced emotional expression, low self-esteem, avoidance of intimacy, and depression are also reported. Some doctors refuse to perform circumcisions because of ethical reasons. Relying on presumed authorities (e.g., American Academy of Pediatrics or doctors who echo AAP views) is not sufficient because of personal, religious, financial, and political conflicts of interest. For more information see http://www.circumcision.org.

  27. Ron Low says:

    There may or may not be "Jew Haters" who protest circumcision, but there are definitely thousands (including many Jews) filled with love for all people who find forced circumcision to be a barbaric abuse a of a child's basic human right to bodily autonomy.

    Foreskin feels REALLY good. It's the best part. Seriously.

  28. I acknowledge that the fibroblasts may well had been cultured from a single foreskin 20 years ago, but I still think that SkinMedica has an obligation to the public to explain where they obtained the foreskin and if consent was ever even given from the donor or the donor's parents if the donor was under-aged and if any remuneration was paid. Cutting someone's body without consent to use the by-products for your own commercial gain is clearly a crime no matter how much time has passed. A crime with a single victim is still a crime. SkinMedica has much explaining to do before I'll be happy.

  29. Jacqueline Human says:

    It is scientifically impossible to continue harvesting of fibroblasts for twenty years.

  30. Be sure to visit our event pages to learn more about the protests!

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
Current Top Story
BDS targets Zabar's; Carole Zabar promotes BDS proponents.
All in the Family: BDS Protests Zabars; Carole Zabar Promotes BDS
Latest News Stories
BDS targets Zabar's; Carole Zabar promotes BDS proponents.

Carole Zabar, longtime supporter of BDS promoters, is now in a pickle – Zabar’s is a BDS target.

Rav Bina, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh has sent the following letter out to alumni of the Yeshiva: Dear Alumni, This Wednesday one of my grandchildren will be undergoing crucial surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his leg. I ask all of you to please recite tehillim for him during the surgery, […]

Naftali Bennett speaking in the Knesset

PA president Abbas, who is about 9 years late for democratic elections, has threatened to dismantle the PA and annul the Oslo Accords. Sounds good to us…

Hamas supporters marching on the Temple Mount, waving Hamas flags.

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik and his family’s visit to the Temple Mount was cut short when violent rioting once again broke out on the holy site.

Anti-semitic attacks have escalated with the firebombing of a synagogue in the Ukraine. Watch the video of the attack…

A surprised group of hikers stumbled across human bones in a Gush Etzion cave. But what they actually found was even more astounding.

Many Pakistanis consider bin Laden a “hero of Islam.”

Two major obstacles have kept Israel from joining the program: Allegations by U.S. officials that Israel has discriminated against Arab- and Muslim-Americans seeking entry, and a proliferation of young Israelis traveling to the United States as tourists and then working illegally.

A Lebanese man who was arrested in Thailand on suspicion of belonging to Hezbollah admitted to targeting Israelis, Thai media reported.

On Friday afternoon, Syrian fighter jets hit opposition/rebel targets and villages on the Syrian side of the Ramat HaGolan (Golan Heights), in the Quneitra region. Large pillars of smoke are seen rising from struck areas. Quneitra is the site of an official crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan. IAF jets were sent out […]

As Rabbi Stav said, “You’re free to think what you want. But do you want me to recognize Chelsea Clinton’s child as a Jew?”

Chimpanzees and Orangutans eat Matza, unleavened bread traditionally eaten during the Passover holiday, at the Ramat Gan Safari on Thursday, April 17, 2014. I hope they can digest it. On Passover no leavened bread (Chametz) is allowed in Jewish possession, and that includes food we feed our animals.

Following intelligence reports of further expected Arab rioting and violence on the Temple Mount today, the police have placed restrictions on Muslim entry to the Jewish holy site, according to a report on Arutz-7. Entry will be limited to Muslims over the age of 50, and women, also they must be Israeli citizens or residency […]

PA President Abbas’s refusal to publicly condemn the terror attack that killed Baruch Mizrachi is putting a damper on the parade.

The Shas political party, founded and run by the late Rav Ovadia Yosef, has a appointed a new spiritual leader, according to a Galei Tzahal report. The rabbi chosen to replace Harav Ovadia and be the new president of the party’s Council of Torah Sages is Rabbi Shalom Cohen. Aryeh Deri is the political leader […]

In 1941, the Jews of Kiev received a similar leaflet. When they showed up the next day, more than 34,000 were murdered.

More Articles from Yori Yanover
rain ATM

A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last […]

Rabbi Meir Mazuz (seen visiting a synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn) declared in a public Internet psak that it is legal for a Jew to go up to temple Mount.

Needless to say, Shas, the Haredi Sefardi party, is not happy.

“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”

Here’s the Israeli Navy boat INS Hanit arriving in Eilat on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after capturing the Klos C, which was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied weapons made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip. Here’s Israeli Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ram Rotberg speaking with the INS Hanit soldiers in […]

Pat Condell has a new video out, so, sit back, have fun. By the way, Message to Offended Muslims should not be confused with Message to Off Handed Muslims. Also, I’d love to hear what he has to say about Haredim.

The description that came with this picture says: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with American actor Bette Midler during an event at the house of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in Hollywood on March 6, 2014. But Bette Midler is not really an actor, she’s a singer who made movies for the LGBT community and […]

We will shut them up in the campuses, we will shut them up in the high schools, we will shut them up at the 92nd St. Y.

An Israeli female soldier (because they’re better at removing babies from their homes) evacuates a baby from a settlement in Judea and Samaria some time in the recent past. I’m thinking, if the baby was angry enough, couldn’t he evacuate in return, right there in her arms? Imagine the same picture, except with a settler […]

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/anti-circumcision-group-protesting-oprahs-foreskin-medication/2013/04/14/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: