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Media campaign launched in
solidarity with Jackie Chamoun

Jackie Chamoun (AFP/Jacques Demarathon)

BEIRUT - It was only a few hours after caretaker Sports and Youth Minister Faisal Karami asked to investigate into the case of Lebanese Ski Champion Jackie Chamoun on Tuesday that social media websites were overloaded with angry, sometimes sarcastic comments.

 

The Lebanese people expressed their solidarity with the athlete through blogs, tweets, and Facebook posts and even the number of people who like her page on Facebook, who were around 3000 this morning, reached more than 20,000.

 

A number of celebrities, politicians, and journalists also joined the campaign.

 

Journalist Dima Sadeq commented on Jackie’s picture: “Scandal? Did you say scandal? Excuse me but all I see in this picture is beauty and the sacred personal freedom… Jackie Chamoun thank you for your boldness and your beauty.”

 

Artist Anthony Touma announced his support for Chamoun in handling the ministry of sports in the new cabinet, while singer Bruno Tabbal tweeted: “We all support Jackie Chamoun.”

 

Kataeb bloc MP Nadim Gemayel commented on this issue, saying: “Jackie Chamoun is free to do whatever she wants… she is a talented skier and her pictures are beautiful. All the support!”

 

Also, Marada Movement official Vera Yammine stated: “You look at nudity and you overlook shame.”

 

As a result of this controversy, Chamoun’s case crossed Lebanon’s borders and reached international media.

 

Foreign Policy’s David Kenner commented on minister Karami’s decision: “These are the Lebanese government’s priorities.”

 

Meanwhile, The Huffington Post’s correspondent Patrick Galey in Beirut wrote an article entitled “Jackie Chamoun photos: Lebanon outdumbs itself.”

 

In his article, Galey criticized the attack against Chamoun especially after the Lebanese Tourism Ministry had repeatedly used the pictures of attractive women in its advertising campaigns.

 

Elsewhere, one of the tweets written in solidarity with Chamoun criticized how the Lebanese government is threatening her while foreign media is concerned with highlighting the skier’s long and difficult journey to reach the Olympics amid a complete absence of any official support for her career.

 

Earlier on Tuesday, the Lebanese ski champion commented on the campaign waged against her for posing nude for an Austrian ski calendar, and asked Lebanese Facebook users to stop spreading the photos and support her instead, as she trains to participate in the Olympics in Russia.


“Now that I’m at the Olympic Games, these photos that I never saw before are being shared. It is sad. All I can ask to each of you who saw this, is to stop spreading it, it will really help me [focus] on what is really important now: my training and my race,” Chamoun wrote.

Lebanon's Jackie Chamoun smiles after the women's slalom first run at the World Ski Championships on February 14, 2009 in Val d'Isere, French Alps. (AFP/Jacques Demarathon)

These are the Lebanese government’s priorities.

  • bahtia

    Nice move to divert attention from Lebanons recent miseriies . Very nice movr

    February 11, 2014