Friday, 22 November, 2019

'Chernobyl' Series Creator Is Not Okay With Selfies at Nuclear Disaster Site

Influencers are using Chernobyl for Instagram likes Chernobyl visitors criticised for 'disrespectful' photos shared on Instagram
Deanna Wagner | 14 June, 2019, 19:03

"It's wonderful that #ChernobylHBO has inspired a wave of tourism to the Zone of Exclusion", Craig Mazin wrote in Twitter.

He also referenced having seen some questionable that photos tourists have posted.

"If you visit, please remember that a bad tragedy occurred there".

Chernobyl creator and writer Craig Mazin is aware of the spike in tourism to the area, though he made a decision to take to Twitter to encourage everyone to please, you know, be respectful since a large number of people actually died there.

A viral tweet featuring numerous tourists to the site characterized the photos as being taken by "Instagram influencers".

The site, near the city of Pripyat in northern Ukraine, has become an Instagrammers hot spot to capture the flawless "influencer" photo in a desperate bid for "likes" since the popular series' release. Though the explosion is recorded as killing 31 people, millions were exposed to its life-threatening radiation levels.

The five-part series, which chronicles the catastrophic nuclear accident in present-day Ukraine (and usurped Breaking Bad's throne as the top-ranked TV show of all time on IMDb), premiered on HBO in the USA last month and rounded out its final airing on June 3.

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The main arguments of the Communists - series that they call "filthy", is nothing other than "ideological manipulation" created to "discredit and demonize the image of Soviet power and the Soviet people".

The controversy is reminiscent of previous incidents at other important sites.

The former nuclear plant and the abandoned neighbouring town have received a huge increase in visitors since the drama was released in May to critical acclaim.

One of the most controversial posts was shared by @nz.nik on Instagram, where she's posing nearly nude against a backdrop of deteriorating buildings.

At first glance, it seems to be another unofficial installment of Selfies at Serious Places, as similarly questionable photos have been taken at Holocaust memorial sites, New York's Ground Zero and even at the site of an attempted suicide.

At the same time, Chernobylmania caused creator Mezin took to social media on Tuesday to caution against misery tourism. "While some critics might still view the posts as distasteful and insensitive, most of these users are all trying to say the same thing: 'I was here'".