HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Creator Calls Out Ignorant Selfies Taken At Disaster Site
By Yimin Huang, 12 Jun 2019
It seems like eager Instagrammers are finding any location a prime spot for multiple selfies, from queueing at Mount Everest to forgoing their bladders to pose near a remote boat quay.
Recently, HBO’s Chernobyl has inspired a surge in people’s interest in the nuclear disaster site, where a power plant in Ukraine malfunctioned and led to a major nuclear accident across the then Soviet Union.
Since the historical drama aired, there has been a spike in the number of tourists who have swarmed the Chernobyl disaster site, as reported by CNN.
Photos shot at the location show that travelers might be expressing too much joy near the tragic spot, posing with the classic victory hand gesture and even striking hypebeast-esque and suggestive stances. A few of these images were highlighted by Twitter user @komacore, who compiled some of the cringiest Chernobyl tourist pictures in one tweet.
Visiting Instagram’s ’Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant’ geotag also unveils posts that might be deemed inappropriate.
Craig Mazin, creator and writer of the Chernobyl documentary, has had enough and has spoken up against the questionable trend.
Mazin tweets the reminder, “Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed,” urging visitors to remember that a “terrible tragedy occurred there.”
In this social media-obsessed age, the reminder is timely as the need to drive up ‘likes’ can often fog people’s conscience.
It's wonderful that #ChernobylHBO has inspired a wave of tourism to the Zone of Exclusion. But yes, I've seen the photos going around.— Craig Mazin (@clmazin) June 11, 2019
If you visit, please remember that a terrible tragedy occurred there. Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed.
Meanwhile in Chernobyl: Instagram influencers flocking to the site of the disaster. pic.twitter.com/LnRukoLirQ— Bruno Zupan (@komacore) June 9, 2019
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