Thursday, September 20, 2018

Mayoral candidate Yakov Silin's campaign mistakenly uses pic of "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke in local campaign ad

Yekaterinburg mayoral candidate Yakov Silin's advertising team recently mistakenly used the image of "Game of Thromes" star Emilia Clarke in a recent campaign ad.

In the ad, a local woman named Anya describes her feelings of safety in Yekaterinburg, Vanity Fair reports.

"I suddenly noticed that for the last couple of years I'm not afraid to walk at night in Yekaterinburg," the advertisement says, according to Vanity Fair. "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."

Russian internet users pointed out, however, that Anya was depicted with Clark's photo. The campaign admitted it had used Clarke's photo without her permission, saying the ad was not intended as a real-life testimonial but as a future fantasy testimonial.

"We selected a famous and beautiful actress on purpose, to make it clear that this is a fantasy..." the campaign said, Vanity Fair reports. "Next time we will write more clearly. Sorry. 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."

Silin is a member of the United Russia party and spent 13 years in the Russian Army.