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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

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?

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.


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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!

  31. Actually, quite a few of us are both against abortion and against forced infant circumcision. His body, his penis, his choice!

  32. Sonya Carroll says:

    Lol how did I know, before reading your name, that you were my favorite James?!
    Thank you for all the work you in support of the cause…

  33. Sonya Carroll says:

    And Howard, I know many will claim "red herring", but they do use human cells (circa unkn) as ingredients/processing aids in order to produce "preventative vaccinations"… and very few stand up and say anything because they are still so driven by fear of the unknown that they flock to the medical provider ready to stick themselves and their children…

  34. Sonya Carroll says:

    And just how many single foreskins were required until they got their formula "just right"? To perpetuate this criminal act under false pretences for the beauty of women among other things… it makes me feel ashamed of my own genetalia. What to go Oprah… Super motivational you are. -.-

  35. How can we be hypersensitive with our foreskin gone? NO! We are just mad and angry. But you knew this Yori.

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