Emilia Clarke (WireImage)
And she doesn't even have her dragons to defend her.
Apparently, Vladimir Putin mayoral candidate Yakov Silin plastered Clarke's image across one of his "anti-rape" campaign ads in the industrial city of Yekaterinburg. In the promotion, Clarke, 26, is identified as a local woman named Anya, 24. The shot features the stunning thesp with brown locks rather than the signature white-blond of her "Game of Thrones" character, Daenerys Targaryen.
"Anya"'s campaign message (on behalf of Silin) states, "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."
Not surprisingly, the picture of Clarke was used without her knowledge or permission. But it didn't take long for others to notice the smiling "local" was actually a world-famous actress. Bloggers took to Silin's site to blast the campaign for being too "lazy" to find a less recognizable face for the ad.
But the powers-that-be aren't admitting Clarke's image was used in error. In fact, they're insisting they knew exactly what they were doing.
"We selected a famous and beautiful actress on purpose, to make it clear that this is a fantasy," one unnamed campaign author stated. "Next time we will be more clear. Sorry." Umm. That sounds like a good idea.
The authors had even more to say on the controversy, however. "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," they insisted. "We assure you Daenerys Targaryen, in this case, is just a beautiful woman. We don't claim to have her support, even though we would not be ashamed to show her Yekaterinburg after the implementation of the 'Capital' program."
A rep for Clarke has not yet returned omg!'s request for a comment, nor have we heard if she's planning to take them up on their offer for a tour of the city, but something tells us she's not booking her ticket any time soon.
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