British actress Emilia Clarke, known for portraying Daenerys Targaryen in the “Game of Thrones” series, has been dragged into Russian politics after the Facebook election campaign page of Yakov Silin, a mayoral candidate, used the actress’ picture along with an anti-rape message, the Daily Mail reported.
The 26-year-old actor’s photograph was used by the United Russia party's campaign for an advertisement in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth largest city. The advertisement, which backs Silin for the city’s mayor post when Russia’s regional elections kick off on Sept. 8, features a message by a local woman named Anya who extols the benefits of living in a safe city like Yekaterinburg.
“I suddenly noticed that for the last couple of years I'm not afraid to walk at night in Yekaterinburg,” the message reads, according to Daily Mail’s translation. “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,” the message reads.
But, a major flaw in the campaign advertisement is that Anya is in fact Clarke, whose picture has been used without her consent, and Internet users were quick to point out the error.
“The fact is that in the first ten pages of Google picture search while looking for “beautiful young girl”, “beautiful girls” or “young beauties” certainly gives a lot of photos of Emilia Clarke and Selena Gomez,” a blogger wrote, according to Daily Mail. “But United Russia's PR people at least know who Selena Gomez is,” the blogger wrote.
The brains behind the campaign soon came out with a statement saying that using Clarke’s picture was not an accident. “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 message read, according to the Daily Mail.