Lebanese Skier Jackie Chamoun Featured on CNN, BBC, Time, EuroSport and Buzzfeed

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Come to think of it, all this happened because of one single statement by Faisal Karami. Check out the links:

Buzzfeed: The Internet Gets Naked To Support Lebanese Olympian
EuroSport: Sochi Summary Day 5: Starring weather almost as hot as a Jacky Chamoun shoot
Time: Topless Photos of Lebanese Olympic Skier Cause a Scandal Back Home
BBC: Olympic skier’s topless photos cause storm in Lebanon
CNN: Sochi 2014: Skier Jacky Chamoun’s topless photos cause stir in Lebanon

Meanwhile, the “I am not Naked” and #StripForJackie campaigns are gaining momentum and there’s an “I Am Not Naked” (Beirut Edition) planned on Friday.

Update: Add to the list [the New York Times]

Let’s Make This Happen: Pharrell Williams – Happy (We Are From Lebanon) #HappyFromLeb

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I am sure all of you have heard Pharrell Williams’s Happy song and seen the world’s [first 24 hour music video]. The whole video and idea are pure genius and seeing all these people dancing happily is a great way to cheer yourself up on a bad day.

Having said that, and since Lebanon is going through bad MONTHS not just days, I thought we make our own version of Pharrel’s song by compiling clips sent from various Lebanese from all across the country. I tweeted last week to see how many people would be interested in this idea and got plenty of positive replies. Liliane also posted about that yesterday and also got some positive feedback.

I think we all agree that dancing and music are great ways to boost happiness and feel better, so here’s what you have to do to take part in this video clip and make it happen!

– Film yourself either alone or with your friends or anyway you want for at least 10-15 seconds dancing the Pharrell Williams’s Happy song. You could film yourself dancing at home, on a sidewalk, in the park, in the parking lot, on the roof, anywhere you like.

– Make sure the camera is fixed and set properly just like you can see it in the video clip above.

– Check that the video is a good quality one, save it as .mov or .mp4
& email me najib@blogbaladi.com. If you are filming using a smart phone, use it horizontally and avoid using the zoom.

Once I receive the needed entries, I will compile and edit them with the help of a friend into one video clip and upload it on YouTube. The sooner I get the needed amount of videos, the earlier I upload the video so spread the message and let’s make this happen and show a better image of Lebanon.

You can check out the [Dubai Version] or [Bucharest] version or [Paris Version] and a lot more versions online to have an idea on how to make your video and send it over.

#StripForJackie

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The Lebanese online community is showing its support for Lebanese Alpine Skier Jackie Chamoun by posing for pictures using the hashtag #StripForJackie. It’s great to see so many Lebanese uploading their pictures in support of Jackie. There are over 150 entries on Instagram since yesterday only. Check them out [here].

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Boobs More Important Than Bombs In Lebanon

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Lebanese Alpine Skiers Chirine Njeim and Jacky Chamoun

It looks like Jacky Chamoun’s controversy is not over yet as Caretaker Youth and Sports Minister Faisal Karami wants to launch an investigation into her case in order to, wait for it, “protect Lebanon’s reputation”.

Can you imagine what other countries are saying about us now after seeing one of our athletes pose topless for a ski-theme calendar?? Can you imagine the reaction of Germans, French and the Americans when they know about this scandal? Can you imagine how embarrassed the Russians and the Head of Olympic Committee (Read that it’s hilarous) would be by this discovery and the impact it will have on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics?

This whole thing is beyond ridiculous from the start and asking for an investigation made things even worse. If you want to investigate anything Mr. Karami, check the following documentaries of your hometown Tripoli [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] that were prepared by Vice and see how you can help your own people, because I assure you, the weekly bombs and daily clashes are what’s ruining Lebanon’s reputation, not Jackie’s boobs.