'Game of Thrones' star Emilia Clarke's image used in Russian anti-rape political ad
Russian "Game of Thrones" fans were in for a shock when they saw actress Emilia Clarke's image slapped on a Russian anti-rape political advertisement. In a campaign, which was backed by United Russia mayoral candidate Yakov Silin, held in the city of Yekaterinburg, 26-year-old Clarke is described as a local 24-year-old named "Anya" who is said to feel "safe" walking the city's streets.
The catch? The image was used without Clarke's permission, and the creators of the ad know it.
"We selected a famous and beautiful actress on purpose, to make it clear that this is a fantasy. ... Next time we will write more clearly. Sorry," the unnamed creators say, via Digital Spy. "Our internet post which was a fantasy with a photo of Emilia Clarke, famous for the TV series 'Game of Thrones,' has caused a strange resonance. We assure you, Daenerys Targaryen, in this case, is just a beautiful woman. We don't claim that we have her support, even though we would not be ashamed to show her Yekaterinburg after implementation of the 'Capital' program."
Clearly no one in Silin's political team is a fan of "Game of Thrones," or this ad might not have seen the light of day. Or maybe it would have, as it's certainly getting a lot of attention.
In the ad, which can be seen here, "Anya" says, "I suddenly noticed that for the last couple of years I'm not afraid to walk at night in Yekaterinburg. I now have confidence that the city is safe, that no-one will attack me or rape me. ... It's so cool. ... There are only few people on the streets, the streets have lights, the city is fresh and incredibly beautiful. Especially after it has been raining."
Clarke's representative has not responded to Zap2it's request for comment.