Although Lebanon is arguably the most liberal Arab country, sexuality and nudity are still taboo subjects in the mainstream media. When Mia Khalifa, a Lebanese woman living in the United States, was ranked by Pornhub 1 as their number one porn star, 2 most of the country reacted with consternation. She received death threats and her own family publicly disowned her and said she did not reflect their Lebanese values. So when nude pictures of Lebanese Olympic skier Jackie Chamoun were leaked to the media, one might expect Lebanese society to react in a similar way. The sight of the naked body is not new to Lebanese citizens.
Sochi 2014: Skier Jacky Chamoun's topless photos cause stir in Lebanon
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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.
Olympic skier's topless photos cause storm in Lebanon
Amid all the controversies surrounding the Sochi Winter Olympics, one picture of a bare chest has created shockwaves in Lebanon - and it is not one of the famous macho images of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Lebanese skier Jackie Chamoun, who was previously unknown to many in Lebanon and abroad, and has suddenly become a talking point for all the wrong reasons. Lebanese athletes who make it to international events are often self-sponsored, in a country where the budget for the ministry of sports is next to nothing.
But the Lebanese athlete, who is set to compete in the slalom and giant slalom at the Winter Olympics, has been forced to apologize after photos and a video of her topless from a fashion shoot dating back three years ago surfaced. The footage, part of a behind-the-scenes look at her posing for an old Austrian skiing calendar, has caused a stir in the Arab nation. Writing on her Facebook page, the year-old admitted being photographed "with other professional athletes" and pointed out that the pictures for the calendar are different from those "now circulating on the net. The skier added: "Anyways, I want to apologize to all of you. I know that Lebanon is a conservative country and this is not the image that reflects our culture.