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Topless skier Jackie Chamoun: the least of Lebanon’s problems?

The re-emergence of a 3-year old semi-nude photo-shoot in the snow of Lebanon’s Winter Olympics competitor has displeased her government. Now her compatriots are stripping off online in support.
In The Guardian:

Name: Jackie Chamoun.

Age: 22.

Appearance: Cold.

Who is Jackie Chamoun? She’s a Lebanese Olympic skier.

Lebanon has a ski team? Lebanon is a mountainous country with many ski resorts and a history of skiing dating to 1913. But no, not really. They are just two of them.

So why’s she cold then? Does she not have the right gear?

Several photos have emerged showing Chamoun nearly naked in the snow, apart from mittens, goggles and ski poles.

I’m not familiar with that event. The pictures are from a 3-year-old calendar shoot, but they still caused consternation in Lebanon.

For fear that Jackie would catch her death? No.

The minister for sports and youth, Faisal Karami, ordered the country’s Olympic committee to investigate, and to “take the required steps so that Lebanon’s reputation is not harmed”.

An I Am Not Naked campaigner on Facebook.

An “I Am Not Naked” campaigner on Facebook. Photograph: Facebook

Their reputation for what? Dressing appropriately for the weather?

His criticism is a bit rich, especially in a country where most athletes have to sponsor themselves because the government’s sports budget is miniscule.

I expect there was some sort of backlash. There was.

The minister’s comment was labelled “backward” and “patriarchal”, and dozens of Lebanese people posted topless photos of themselves on Twitter in sympathy, using the hashtag #stripforJackie.

Literally dozens? Well, more than a dozen.

But many more were upset that the minister was seeking to stir up a scandal while the country’s very real problems went unaddressed. In light of a recent spate of bombings, the government was accused of focusing on “boobs not bombs”.

I follow you. But then others accused the campaigners of being frivolous and immodest. “#StripforJackie is just an excuse to get naked on social media,” tweeted one objector. “This is getting very disgusting!”

How does Chamoun feel about spearheading such a strange campaign? She’s not really part of it.

She immediately apologised for the leaked pictures on Facebook. “I know that Lebanon is a conservative country and this is not the image that reflects our culture,” she wrote.

Do say: “It’s all got a bit complicated. Why don’t we put the controversy behind us, and allow Jackie to concentrate on her skiing?”

Don’t say: “The secret is lots of layers.”

Viva ski Lebanon. Jackie Chamoun photos: Before heading to Sochi Olympics

Lebanon is very excited and exciting these days:  Olympic ski champion Jackie Chamoun claimed that her photo shoot 3 years ago were not meant to be published.

Mind you that the Olympic Lebanese did it on their own: Effort, dedication, finances… The government didn’t give a hoot: Just “investigating” the semi-nude photo shoot.

(I copied these semi-nude photos from http://www.mulhak.com mulhak.com)

I liked these photos of Jackie, nude, semi-nude or plainly Jackie: That’s why I posted them.
Jackie reminded me that skying is a fun sport and I am dusting off and oiling my pair of skies.
My outdated pair of skies is too rusty and not that sexy to confront the sexy ski resorts of Lebanon. And I have no idea what are the current prices for a new sexy pair.
In any case, we are waiting for snow to stick on the mountain tops this year. It has been so dry that camels have been seen crossing our mountains, probably carrying weapons and ammunition to the Syrian rebels.
Jackie is not answering my calls: I like to take a photo with her, so that I post my athletic grin.
jackie

There is far more support for Jackie than this stupid government. Posters are being mounted saying: “We are worried about Bombs, Not Boobs”

 posted this February 11, 2014

Jackie Chamoun photos: Lebanon outdumbs itself

Lebanon’s media has a fine tradition of stupidity, incitement and McCarthyism.
It vilifies the weak (foreigners, domestic workers, gays, sex workers) and lionises the strong (“politicians”).
I’ve covered this before. So it won’t come as much surprise to see the reports in the last few days that claimed a topless photo shoot done several years ago by a Lebanese skier, Jackie Chamoun, (to promote her sport) was “scandalous” and had shamed Lebanon in the eyes of the world.
I won’t link to the photos, nor shall I shame some websites who have clearly not only shared all the pictures in question with SEO friendly headlines and search words, but have also gone through the video accompanying the shoot and taken screen grabs of the skiers when they are at their most topless.
As has been pointed out, Lebanon’s media morals are currently so skewed that it is totally fine for multiple channels to show the disemboweled corpses of suicide bombing victims, but not fine, apparently, for a grown woman to bare some flesh.
It’s heartening to see the response such reports have provoked, with Lebanese Twitter and Facebook users springing to Chamoun’s defence.
Gives one some hope for Lebanon (which rapidly drains out of one after two minutes in front of the news). Chamoun has issued an apology, which I suppose is entirely her prerogative (although speaking personally I’d have preferred a three word response that starts “go fuc…”).
In a giant middle finger to the victims of car bombs and decades of infrastructural decay (things for which resources and time should be allocated) Caretaker Youth and Sports Minister Faisal Karami announced he would be investigating Chamoun’s photo shoot.
There is even talk of her being banned from competing in future Olympics. Which, if does happen, is about the most perfect analogy of Lebanon’s “misplaced priorities” I’ve seen yet.

Two things:

1. Lebanon’s Ministry of Tourism has repeatedly produced promotional videos essentially centred on the bodies of Lebanese women. I’ve covered this before, too.

As I wrote a few years back:

There is an argument to say there is little wrong with a country using its natural assets (Lebanon is still poor in resources, and will remain so until the government can agree on what to do with natural gas and oil reserves in the east Mediterranean) to boost its economic draw.

As long as the women in the commercial are consensual, what is wrong with flashing their flesh to promote Lebanon? After all, plenty of countries flaunt their female beauty stocks in a bid to draw beach-dwelling binocular users to their shores.

Not plenty of countries, however, display the same level of hypocrisy by encouraging grabby men to come and ogle their women while denying those same women basic rights enjoyed by men.

Here’s one of those videos for your perusal:

Lebanon has even before taken to the pages of Playboy to flog its women.

It’s transparently hypocritical to promote women as physical specimens while simultaneously denying them equal treatment in every facet of professional and familial society, just as people without boobs shouldn’t get to tell people with boobs what to do with them.

2. I urge everyone to read this report about the Lebanese ski team and how it has had to overcome unimaginable managerial incompetence, corruption and fecklessness to even make it to the Olympics. Any Olympics.

One might think the media might be, I dunno, proud of a young professional who – like many, many citizens of Lebanon – has had to struggle and fight in the face of downright ineptitude and obstructiveness to achieve their ambition. But as you know by now, that’s not how Lebanon – least of all the politicised media – does things.

It’s waspish, petty, self-righteous and stupid. Put that in a tourism video.

#StripForJackie Campaign Gains Momentum
hummusforthought.com
Équipe de France de football féminin.
French feminine football team.

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