Foreskin Protesters Plan to Crash Oprah Event in Ottawa

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(Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project founder Glen Callender.)

Fans attending tonight’s instalment of Oprah Winfrey’s current speaking tour at Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place should prepare to be greeted by protesters shouting about some very personal matters.

About two dozen members of the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project, or Can-Fap, plan to stage a “circus” to bring awareness to Winfrey’s role as a spokesperson for a skin cream they claim is made using baby boys’ foreskin.

Protest organizer Glen Callender says protesters will be dressed in a variety of “provocative” outfits, including men in white jumpsuits with red crotches. The group began protests in Vancouver back in January.

Operation OprahVancouver intactivists led by performance artist Glen Callender, founder of CAN-FAP Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project, protested Oprah Winfrey's appearance at Rogers Area on January 24, 2013. CAN-FAP's handout read: OPRAH WINFREY'S DOUBLE STANDARD ON CIRCUMCISION Dear Oprah Winfrey: As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and a high-profile opponent of female circumcision (aka female genital mutilation), it is deplorable that you use and promote SkinMedica, an anti-wrinkle cream produced with tissues removed during the forced circumcision (aka male genital mutilation) of male infants. If girls have a right to grow up with whole genitals and decide for themselves if any parts of their body get cut off, then so do boys and intersex children. This is basic equality, and basic human rights. Wake up, Oprah! His penis, his choice! OPRAH WINFREY, THESE ARE OUR DEMANDS: 1) Stop using SkinMedica products. Foreskins belong on boys, not in cosmetic products. 2) Retract your endorsement of SkinMedica, and require products you use or endorse to be produced from ethically-sourced materials, 3) Champion the fundamental human right of all children – male, female and intersex – to grow up with whole genitals. The fight over a boy's right to keep his foreskin will be a defining social conflict of this century. Please be on the right side of history from now on…the children of the future will thank you for it! for more information: http://www.can-fap.net2013-01-30T07:26:20.000Z

Callender says Winfrey is a hypocrite for using the $165 SkinMedica cream while speaking out against female genital mutilation. He and his fellow activists want the Queen of Talk to stop using SkinMedica products, retract her endorsement of SkinMedica, and “champion the fundamental human right of all children — male, female and intersex — to grow up with whole genitals.”

But their demands may be for naught. SkinMedica marketing director Gloria Luna says their products are not formulated with human tissue.

“Our TNS formula was bio-engineered from a single tissue donation collected over 10 years ago for wound healing research,” she told Shine.

Callender and the Can-Fap maintain their position that Winfrey and others should discontinue use of the product.

“Even if it was just one foreskin, that foreskin was stolen from a baby boy who did not consent to his foreskin being used in commercial cosmetics products.”