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Vancouver mayor mistaken for Sochi mayor

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson's face was mistaken used on the show Chelsea Lately.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson's face was mistaken used on the show Chelsea Lately. (SCREENGRAB)

A “bizarre little confusion” on a U.S. talk show Monday saw Mayor Gregor Robertson’s mug mistaken for that of Sochi’s head politician — who sparked controversy when he claimed there were no gay people in the Olympic city.

Chelsea Lately, a weeknight show on E!, used Robertson’s image in a segment apparently discussing Anatoly Pakhomov’s controversial comments earlier this week.

In the photo used on the show, British Columbian and Canadian flags can be seen in the background, and a serious-looking Robertson with his eyebrows arched.

The Vancouver mayor quickly shot a message to host Chelsea Handler’s Twitter account, explaining he’s not Pakhomov and reinforcing his support of LGBTQ rights.

He said on Wednesday that staff at city hall are now talking with Handler’s producers.

“We are huge supporters, have a big Pride parade, so it’s odd that they mixed us up and mixed me up with the mayor of Sochi, who doesn’t think there are any gay people in his town even though there are two gay bars that we know about,” Robertson said.

He said the issue Handler brought up on her show is an important one.

“We’ve got our Deputy Mayor Tim Stevenson over there to make a push for change in the Olympic charter and we need people to know Vancouver really does care.”

Robertson added: "I've always stood strong and proud for Vancouver's LGBTQ community and gay rights are really important to Vancouverites, so it's a bizarre little confusion." 

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