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“I am naked”: Lebanon campaign. The government too is totally naked…

I just got the no longer awaited news that Lebanon managed to form a government that lingered 11 months in “the making”.

And you know what? The new selected minister of Justice, and a candidate for the ministry the Interior and a former chief of the internal security,  has been very vocal against the army that is protecting the citizens in the city of Tripoli (Lebanon) from the “terrorist” factions, which are supported or taking cover under the wings of Rifi, the minister.

Mind you that the parliament had last year extended its term for two years on the ground that the political climate is not amenable to election (advancing the same reason to the other confused “Arab States”, like Libya that extended the term of its assembly and a military General attempted a coup to dissolve the “Mou2tamar“)

The “I Am Not Naked” Campaign was posted on February 13, 2014 by  (selected as one of the top posts)

I tried a couple of days prior to the posting of this article to copy it, or part of this article or a similar one, from a link on FB in order to develop on it but it was locked. Until it was posted on wordpress.com.

I have posted 3 articles on that subject so far. You may read the first one Viva in the nude ski Lebanon https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/viva-sky-lebanon-jackie-chamoun-photos-before-heading-to-sochi-olympics/

Jackie Chamoun, 22 year old Lebanese Olympian skier, participated in a semi-nude photoshoot 3 years ago. The “making of” got out at the beginning of this week and caused a scandal among stone age media and minister Karami. Lebanon was outraged, they started stripping for Jackie!

At around 4pm on tuesday, I called up two friends of mine:
Carl Halal (photographer/animator/illustrator) and Mohamad Abdouni (art director/FIM2P editor) and told them I wanted to shoot naked people for Lebanon.

Carl called up photographer Tarek Moukaddem and he was instantly supportive and offered us his talent, time and studio! We were now the I’m Not Naked Team.

For all those who know me, know that it was never about the body and the nudity, it was about the message. I never got how so many people complain but few of them do.

As we saw that the #stripforjackie Cyrill Reaidy launched, was already spreading, we thought it was not logical to create a new one. And so we added that cause to our message!

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This is not about the pictures we’re spreading.

It’s about Manal Assi & Roula Yaacoub beaten to death by their husbands (who now walk free).
It’s about a minister who’s worried about a beautiful model/athlete ruining Lebanon’s reputation, and that same minister who refused to sign that petition against domestic violence!

It’s about Jean Assi being arrested and thrown in jail for two months for tweeting about the president!
It’s about women being murdered and men getting away with it because they were crimes of honor.

It’s about the Lebanese Army not getting enough attention and recognition for arresting a suicide bomber (and many other terrorists) and getting him to disclose information about two cars that were about to go off!

(The last picture is of Jean Assi, not the other violent man who killed his wife)

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We’re stripping to get your attention. And we did.

We could’ve done it in a completely other way, but so many have tried for a lot of years and things didn’t change.

We saw what Jackie’s body did to you, so we tried with our own.
Some of you didn’t understand, families cried or shouted.

Others were outraged that we were a disgrace. Some even told us, instead of stripping, go help these women.
We are, in our way. What are you doing?

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Paris, London, Brussels, NYC, Boston, and other cities are joining our cause. It’s not about us. It’s about all of you.

We’re all Jackies.
It can be about Lebanon, but we are starting to think that it is now about the youth, since we’re getting international support.

They’re all shocked of how a 22 year old was attacked for being a model, and not praised for being an athlete.

I think enough was said about the matter. Mohamad has even said it better, I now urge you all “Jackie supporters” to support her by watching her perform on the 21st.

If we can gather around for the world cup, we can gather for her race and thank her for being the drop that mattered and woke us up about all the other issues that need to be addressed!

Before the campaign, I have seen 3 of my friends sharing the Manal Assi story.

After the campaign, my news feed is flooded with Manal Assi, Roula Yaacoub and Jean Assi’s pictures and articles. I think the point has been made!

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.”


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