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In an unexpected twist, Lebanon's online community has taken to social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to express support for 22-year-old Lebanese Olympic skier Jackie Chamoun. The athlete was criticized by Lebanese politicians and in local media Tuesday, after topless photos taken during a photo shoot for a calendar three years ago began circulating.Hashtags including #BoobsNotBombs and #NotAScandal began trending on Twitter, while the hashtag #StripforJackie has also taken off, serving as a rallying cry for members of the public to post their own nude or semi-nude photographs in support of Chamoun, who says the explicit topless photographs and video circulating along with the more reserved calendar photographs were behind-the-scenes shots not intended for public release.An apology issued by Chamoun on her Facebook page had attracted over 4000 comments Wednesday afternoon from supporters, many telling her she had nothing to apologize for.Cynthia-Maria Aramouni, who came up with the concept for the shoot, told The Daily Star that the campaign aims to highlight the misplaced focus of those who are now supporting Chamoun not because of her talent as a skier and her role as one of only two Lebanese athletes competing in the Winter Olympics, but because of the controversial photographs.
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