As part of the growing scandal surrounding Caretaker Youth and Sports Minister Faisal Karam’s call for an investigation over Lebanese Olympian Jackie Chamoun’s past photoshoot, Lebanese netizens have already come up with a creative way to support Jackie: Stripping.
Started on the 12th of February 2014, the #StripForJackie campaign already gained over 15,000 followers and features models, men and women, stripping and featuring a “I am Not Naked/I am a [Enter description]” tagline. Conceptualized by Cynthia-Maria Aramouni, photographed by Tarek Moukaddem and Carl Halal and directed by Mohamad Abdouni, the #StripForJackie campaign is calling on everyone – those who are comfortable doing so, of course – to join. All you have to do is send them a message and book an appointment.
Why are they doing this? Here’s the page’s description:
“Some women are beaten or killed, others are raped, and the media shifts their attention to a confident talented beautiful woman who represents her country at the Olympic games. This is about telling our “peers” to set their priorities straight. This is to fight censorship. This is for freedom.”
This campaign, incidentally, shares a lot of similarities with an Avaaz petition calling on the government to drop the investigation, claiming that “
“Their outrage proves one thing: that our government believes the bodies of women are public property — despite not doing anything to protect them. Let’s challenge that disgrace right now.”
And once again, the issue of the lack of law against domestic violence came up:
“It’s unbelievable that the government was able to mobilise resources and react on the very same day to this non-event when the lives of thousands of other Lebanese women are at risk thanks to the lack of movement on violence against women legislation. Just last week a teacher was beaten to death by her husband right in front of her two children!”
Do not Forget Roula Yaccoub. Do not Forget Manal Assi.
Want to participate in the #StripForJackie campaign? All you have to do is send them a message.
Men behind the lens: Tarek and Carl.
Concept: Cynthia-Maria Aramouni
Art direction: Mohamad Abdouni
The I Am Not Naked Campaign is also targeting Lebanon’s expatriates:
BuzzFeed | NY Times | El Pais | Standaard (Be) | Street Art United States | Yahoo | CNN | L’Orient Le Jour | ABC News | Al Joumhouria | Ya Libnan | Independent UK | As-Safir | Champontop | LA Times | Daily Star Lebanon | BBC | Beirut.com | TIME | DailyMail UK | The Guardian UK | Mirror UK | WebProNews | NOW Lebanon | IB Times | NaharNet | Toronto Sun | France 24 | Daily Caller | People.com | Beirut Night Life | EuroSport.Fr
Those Who Have Supported Jackie
State Of Mind 13 | Mohamad Abdouni | L’Orient Le Jour | Abir Ghattas | Gino’s Blog | Beirut NTSC | Beirut.com | Blog Baladi | Patrick Galey | Arabs MMA | Nagy Khoury | Libanaiseries | Gray Wolves Rugby FC | Tangui Faucon (Light FM) | Nasri Atallah (Our Man In Beirut) | Karl Sharro (Karl ReMarks) | Nadim Houry | Kim Ghattas (BBC) | Al Akhbar | RJ Team
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