"Game of Thrones" actress Emilia Clarke is the center of an anti-rape campaign in Russia -- but she had no idea. On Aug. 18, The Mirror UK reported that Clarke's photo is being circulated as a reminder that "Game of Thrones" is a "fantasy" and that Khaleesi's relationship with Drogo on the show isn't something that women should feel is "okay" in real life.
"While the campaign organizers confirm that they haven't contacted Emilia to ask her permission, they continued to post the advertisement to Facebook," The Mirror UK reports. Oddly enough, the campaign (which is backed by United Russia politician Yakov Silin) doesn't use the name "Emilia" or "Khaleesi." Instead, she is given the name "Anja."
"Game of Thrones'" Emilia Clarke is very recognizable and everyone seemed to pick up on the fact that she was the center of this campaign -- even if she didn't agree to be. It's unknown if she wants her photo removed from the campaign or if her "people" are working to get things rectified. Obviously there could be legal consequences here -- but not surprisingly the campaign managers don't think that they've done anything wrong.
"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' programme (sic)," the campaign wrote on their Facebook page when questioned about the photo (via The Mirror UK).
"Game of Thrones" and Emilia Clarke will be back for season four in 2014. Legally.
© Effie Orfanides 2013