By MailOnline Reporter. A Lebanese Olympic skier whose topless calendar prompted calls for a ministerial inquiry has unwittingly sparked a social media campaign backing her, with supporters stripping off in solidarity. Three years ago, Jackie Chamoun posed for a calendar photo shoot. Behind-the-scenes footage recently was posted online, and Lebanon's sports and youth minister reportedly ordered an investigation. On Tuesday, Chamoun apologised, saying: 'The video and photos that you are now seeing are part of the making of the preparation.
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Last week we discussed the scandal sparked by the release of a controversial film in Morocco. Now, another film has been axed in Lebanon. The reason is pretty much the same: sex. His life suddenly turns upside down when he meets Thuraya, a prostitute living with a gay man. Lebanese authorities initially gave it the green light on two conditions: that it be restricted to viewers 18 years old or older and that an image of female genitals be blurred. The film was scheduled for release on February While the preview went ahead as planned on February 12, three days before nationwide release the authorisation was suddenly revoked. Yara Harakeh, 23, has just finished her studies in biochemistry and is now on the lookout for a job. This film does not warrant censorship. Unfortunately our society is not open enough.
Published: February 12, Jackie Chamoun is being investigated by the Lebanese Olympic Committee after topless photos of her emerged online late Tuesday. The scantily-clad year-old is also under scrutiny for appearing in a YouTube video that shows her modeling in little more than skis and a thong. Chamoun was featured three years ago in a calendar that shows images of both male and female skiers at least partially nude. The recent release of a behind-the-scenes video showing Chamoun almost entirely naked has sparked what media in her home country are calling a scandal. The photos of the photo shoot are not like the actual images that are now circulating on the net. The video and photos that you are now seeing are part of the making of. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, and please keep your comments relevant and respectful. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report spam or abuse.
It was only after that decree that many people in Lebanon realized they had athletes competing at the Winter Games. Supporters took to social media immediately to criticize politicians for targeting the young athlete while turning a blind eye to corruption, nepotism, bombings and a litany of other problems. But there was no shame. Now she is famous.