07/03/2014 05:05 GMT | Updated 07/03/2014 05:59 GMT

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, Called ‘So Gay Lover' In Channel 4 Subtitle Gaffe

The Russian Foreign Minister has accidentally been referred to as “so gay lover of”, in a subtitle blunder during a Channel 4 report.

Sergey Lavrov, who has said his country's gay ban "protects Russian morals," was the subject of a report discussing a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Given Russia’s controversial anti-homosexual policies, which have received worldwide condemnation, the irony of subtitle censors picking up Sergey’s name as: “so gay lover of”, was not lost on viewers.

"I wager this was NOT an accident," said Tahmina Mannan ‏on Twitter, while another user posted: "So Gay Lover? Wahaha, Putin will go mental."

Could this subtitle error count as “the promotion of non-traditional relationships”?