-By Warner Todd Huston
Oprah Winfrey apparently has a wonderful beauty secret but at least one group wants to know why she is endorsing an anti-wrinkle cream that is made of–ick– human foreskins.
The $150-per-ounce miracle cream, made by SkinMedica, is said by some to be made of the delicate, left-over bits of baby boys who underwent a circumcision.
Glen Callender is the founder of the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project and to raise awareness of the issue, he and his group protested outside an appearance by the former daytime TV giant at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on December 24 where fans paid $350 a ticket to see the Queen of Talk.
Callender says that Oprah is a bit hypocritical to crusade against ritual female circumcision as practiced in many Muslim countries yet ignore male circumcision in her own backyard.
“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 to a Vancouver-based newspaper. “That would be an outrage and rightly so.”
SkinMedica disputes that its skin care products have any human cells in them, at least not directly. The cream, SkinMedica says, is fashioned from neonatal foreskin fibroblast–a piece of human tissue that is used to grow the skin cells the product uses.
SkinMedica founder Dr Richard Fitzpatrick has tried to ease people’s fear, saying, “Initially, there was a misunderstanding and people thought we were actually grinding up the foreskin. So, there was a lot of snickering and laughing about people putting this foreskin product on their face.”
Callender told Canadian media that he describes his advocacy group as Canada’s “feistiest pro-foreskin advocacy group” and wants to further “foreskin education and appreciation.”
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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