[ View the story "Lebanese slam focus on Olympian's topless photos" on Storify] Lebanese slam focus on Olympian's topless photos Opponents of domestic violence and government critics say country needs to reassess priorities.
The Stream· Tue, Feb 11 2014 09:27:20
All I can ask to each of you who saw this, is to stop spreading it, it will really help me focusing on what is really important now: my trainings and race.facebook.com
Many women questioned the outrage over Chamoun's photos, saying critics overlooked both her athletic career as well as real issues facing Lebanese women, such as domestic violence. Many online referenced the case of
, who died last week, allegedly after her husband beat her to death.
The women gets to the Olympics no one mentions it.... She takes a professional photo-shoot, no one shuts about it. #StripForJackieAndrea whaibe
#Lebanon sure knows its priorities, not nearly as much outrage was expressed about Manal Assi. Jackie Shamoun is free to do what she wants.أماني
@SarahHourany: Hypocrisy: For a minister to ask for an investigation into the pictures of skier Jackie Chamoun while no minister asked for the pictures of Manal Assi whose husband beat her to death.
Hypocrisy: أن يطلب وزير التحقيق في صور لاعبة التزلج جاكي شمعون. وألا يطلب أي وزير صور منال عاصي الذي ضربها زوجها حتى الموتSarah Hourany
#Lebanon tweeps pointing out that Jackie Chamoun's risque pics getting more attention than a woman beaten to death by her husband last weekSara Hussein
@mattnash13 @patrickgaley Of course they wont do anything. But seriously, Lebs are more affronted by boobs than wife-beating?!Nour Samaha
Blogger Joey Ayoub posted a detailed critique on his blog,
Hummus For Thought
, referencing current caretaker Youth and Sports Minister Faisal Karami's
of a draft law that would have criminalised domestic violence.
“Caretaker” Youth and Sports Minister Faisal Karami thinks it’s more damaging to Lebanon’s reputation that one of our best athletes, Jackie Chamoun, participated in a photoshoot where she showed as much skin – less, actually – as what we find in every lingerie shop and in every night club rather than his own refusal to sign a law protecting women from domestic violence? It was this very man who, two years ago, called the draft law written by activists designed to protect women from domestic violence a “blow to family values” because apparently his conception of family is the same as our conception of rape, torture and murder.hummusforthought.com
Others named social issues they felt deserved more attention than Chamoun's photos.
@Attar4a: You can rape children, beat women until their death, stir disorder every day, spark clashes every other day based on religious disagreements, but you can't be photographed naked! #JackieChamoun
فيك تغتصب اطفال، تضرب نسوان ليموتوا، تحرض عالفتنة كل يوم، تولع اشتباكات كل يومين عخلفيات مذهبية، بس ما تتصور بالزلط! #JackieChamounAdel Attar
Will someone please strip and take pictures in Tripoli, maybe then the ministers will ask for an investigation there? #StripForLebanonスープ
And please, while you are at it, strip in Dahyeh and Hermel & a few other cities & regions that our ministers forgot #StripForLebanonスープ
@SleimanMichel tell ur people to take care of the raped women,starving children and bleeding country#JackieChamoun
Other women joined the debate over Chamoun's photos.
#Lebanon's skier #JackieChamoun is a beautiful woman, but using the time of the Olympics to gain max exposure by posing nude is a perversionSophia
This is #NotAScandal. Leave the girl alone! #JackieChamoun #حريةMarie-José Azzi
The most outrageous patriarchal statement is that Minister Karami really believes he has an authority over Jackie's body. #lebanonAbir G
Some responded to criticism that Chamoun's photos harmed the image of Lebanon.
Dear politicians, you have bigger things to figure out than Jackie Chamoun's photoshoot...Goodluck at the Olympics #JackieChamounLebanese Problems
Dear Ministers, YOU and your decisions are THE one and only bad publicity for #Lebanon #StripForLebanon #JackieChamounبشاره
Topless photos aren't what damage the country's image. State failure, lack of rule of law, sectarianism and suicide bombings do that.Kareem Shaheen
Satirist Karl Sharro posted this photo:
It's shameful how this woman is posing naked and bringing #Lebanon's image into disrepute. Disgusting.
Chamoun received support on her post, which received thousands of likes and comments.
I don't get it, what are you exactly apologizing for? representing the country in an event that has nothing to do with war crimes and/or corruption?! trust me we prefer by far seeing that kind of pictures over the kind THEY are making us see every day :) Cheers!Accary Wajih Joseph
You shouldn't apologise or be fazed by idiots who are more outraged by photos than by women being beaten to death by their husbands. Good luck!Malak M Jaafar
Joumana Fadlallah Nasr Dear Jackie, Yesterday was the first day I heard your name. I felt pride that you made it to the Olympics to represent our country. Today, a friend of mine posted a status chastising the people who were criticizing the pictures you mention here and I felt disgust. Disgust at the hypocrisy. Disgust at the small-mindedness. Disgust at the finger-pointing. And disgust that you had to take time away from your mission to apologize.facebook.com
You have nothing to apologize for and you shouldn't, instead of these pathetic people hammering you with negative comments maybe they should feel proud that you are raising the Lebanese flag at the Olympics. What a shame! From all of us who don't really care about any photos, you make us proud.Mélissa Moussa