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Anti-circumcision protesters urge about-face on Oprah skin cream endorsement

Oprah Winfrey has come under fire for her endorsement of a skin cream that Canadian activists claim perpetuate the "forcible genital mutilation of boys."

Associated Press

Oprah Winfrey has come under fire for her endorsement of a skin cream that Canadian activists claim perpetuate the "forcible genital mutilation of boys."

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April

From facelifts to chemical peels to transferring fat from their behinds to their cheeks, humans have been known to do all kinds of things to keep their countenances looking fresh and youthful.

However, those methods are apparently nothing compared to a controversial anti-wrinkle cream that has Canadian activists giving former daytime talk diva Oprah Winfrey some serious side eye.

Multiple media outlets in recent days have reported on a group of Canadian activists who are outraged over the secret ingredient in an expensive elixir she’s endorsed for years.

The questionable component? Discarded foreskins.

From the Toronto Star:

“How would Oprah respond if a skin cream for men hit the market that was made using cells from the genitalia of little girls? …” said Glen Callender of the pro-foreskin advocacy group the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project.

“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.”

Oprah has reportedly pitched the TNS Recovery Complex cream on her show and in interviews as her “fountain of youth.”

Parent company SkinMedica has said the cream, which retails at $165 for 0.63 of an ounce, is culled from the cells of a single specimen collected 20 years ago.

--Deal Diva Keyonna



[Last modified: Monday, April 15, 2013 6:09pm]

    

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