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Jackie Chamoun: Nude Photo, Video Controversy At Olympics Angers Muslims

Jackie Chamoun: Nude Photo, Video Controversy At Olympics Angers Muslims

Is Jackie Chamoun’s naked photo and video controversy being generated by Muslims who are digging up dirt on the Lebanese skier competing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics? Or perhaps the Lebanese really just want to strip for Jackie…

In a related report by The Inquisitr, the Miss Universe 2013 beauty pageant did not showcase a bikini swimsuit competition at all because of Muslim protests in Indonesia, where the event was held. When nude photos of Miss Philippines became public, Megan Young was accused of indecent behavior as Miss World 2013 because the leaked photos showed Megan Young topless for a bikini shoot.

Lebanon’s population is estimated to be around 54 percent Muslim, with a 27 percent split between Sunni and Shia Islam. Neither version of the religion would agree with nude modeling, whether the subject be female or male, so Jackie Chamoun’s nude video apparently has upset some people in the country. (It’s also unlikely that some of the relatively conservative Christian population would agree, either.)

The good news is that Chamoun won’t be forced out of the Olympics by the controversy:

“The Lebanese Olympic Committee will not ask to exclude Chamoun from the Sochi Games in adherence to the Olympic rules, especially since the offense did not take place during the preparations (for the Games) nor during the Games.”

In response, Chamoun wrote on Facebook that she was sorry for causing any potential scandal for her homeland:

“I want to apologize to all of you, I know that Lebanon is a conservative country and this is not the image that reflects our culture. I fully understand if you want to criticize this.”

But some Lebanese responded to the controversy by support Jackie Chamoun’s nude pictures. They’ve been using the Twitter hashtag #StripForJackie. Even beer companies have used this hashtag as an opportunity to advertise their product:

Friends of Jackie also created a Facebook campaign where they posted semi-nude photos of women holding a yellow disc with the “strip for jackie” name. Facebook page co-creator Cynthia-Maria Aramouni says they wanted to highlight the ridicilous nature of the scandal:

“We are turning it into a joke at the same time trying to raise awareness of the right issues. There are causes that need more attention but sadly we had to do this with naked pictures.”

Other people in the media have raised similar points:

“Someone dug up old nude pictures of a skier in the mountains of Faraya, took them out of context, created a “scandal,” and threw it like a bone to public opinion…. But what does it have to do with the athlete’s performance, who is getting ready for the challenge in Sochi?”

What do you think about Jackie Chamoun’s nude video?

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