Don’t you think it would be a little too cold to pose for semi-nude photos on the top of a ski slope? Apparently Jackie Chamoun didn’t think so! The Lebanese Olympian skier got herself into a little publicity fiasco when pictures of her posing topless in her ski gear for an Austrian calendar. The photos were taken 3 years ago, but obviously surfaced once she was participating in the Olympics. The Lebanese minister of youth and sports ordered an investigation after hearing about the photos.
With all of the media uproar about the situation, some fans decided to show support for her during this time. After all, we all make mistakes, were all human. That’s when #stripforjackie came in to play. Tons of people took to twitter to express how they felt about the situation. Thousands of people took pictures of themselves clothed, nude, and semi-nude, posting them on social media with #SripForJackie attached to show their support. The campaign as a whole is called “I am not naked”
Personally, I see nothing wrong with her actions. People worship celebrities that go out and do risqué things every single day. Jackie decided one time to do something out of the norm and all of a sudden people make it out to seem like she’s an awful person. There are far worse issues going around all over the country, but everyone makes a big fuss about an athlete standing in the snow with her breasts out. To me, this whole ordeal just reinforced the fact that this world needs to get their priorities straight. This is an awesome campaign, and I hope to see Jackie take charge and go further with it.
Social media is a great way of communicating to large groups and varieties of people as well as spreading information. An excellent example of how social media is utilized in such ways is the Olympics. Throughout the 2014 Winter Olympics social media used multiple platforms to advertise and keep people updated on the Olympics. YouTube, Twitter and Facebook were some of the more popular ways that people followed the Winter Games. YouTube is full of videos with broadcasts, specific clips, and slide shows/pictures from the Olympics. These videos make it possible to see things that could have been missed and provide general overviews. Twitter also has various accounts that keep people updated as well as promote the players and the games. By following the Olympics on twitter that person is constantly aware of what is happening just by checking his/her news feed. Facebook has an entire page (and several other) dedicated to the Olympics where specific information about the Olympics is included. Information such as the dates of the Olympics, what rank a county is and so on can be found on this page. The goal of those who run these platforms is to get as many people involved in watching and following the Olympics as possible. They want to spread awareness and popularity of the Olympics. They also promote the athletes involved and attempt to create fans. The most important aspect of these social media platforms is how easy they make it for people to have access. There are an extremely high number of social media users. Events such as the Olympics are able to advertise so well through social media because it is simple to reach them. Most people do not want to go through a difficult process in order to keep up with the Olympics. I believe that social media is a big part of the Olympics. It is difficult to keep track of things with how busy we become but social media keeps it easy and is so popular it almost forces us be aware. Would the Olympics be as popular/well known if it wasn’t for social media?