A group of foreskin advocates are planning to protest outside Bill and Melinda Gates' TED Vancouver talk on Tuesday evening.
The Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project (CAN-FAP) claims the Gates' Foundation funds male circumcisions in African countries to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, a practice the group calls "dangerously misguided."
“Literally no one on Earth is more detrimental to foreskin than Bill Gates,” CAN-FAP founder Glen Callender said in a press release on Facebook.
“Gates’ astronomical mass circumcision funding will result in tens of millions of men and boys being circumcised, which will make him directly responsible for more unnecessary circumcisions than any other living person. And that’s why CAN-FAP will be publicly declaring Gates ‘Foreskin Enemy #1’ on Tuesday.”
Last year, CAN-FAP made headlines for protesting Oprah Winfrey's endorsement of an anti-aging cream that they say was developed with skin cells harvested from baby foreskin.
The Gates' talk is part of TED Vancouver's Session 4, which takes place from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The CAN-FAP protest is scheduled to run 4:30-8 p.m.
The TED Vancouver conference, which features world influencers, scientists, entrepreneurs and artists, runs until March 21.
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