Stop taking selfies at Chernobyl, show's writer urges tourists

Nellie Chapman
June 14, 2019

But some have been criticised for disrespecting the site's tragic history with selfies - an increasingly common theme at disaster zones.

Many users have taken to Instagram to comment on the bloggers' and influencers' photos, criticising them for being "insensitive", "disrespectful", and "dumb".

A radiation sign stands near electricity pylons and a partially-constructed and abandoned cooling tower inside the exclusion zone near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on August 19, 2017 near Chornobyl, Ukraine.

Instagram influencer poses topless with a gas mask on.

The success of the show, which recounts the events that led to the 1986 nuclear disaster in Soviet Russia and the fallout, has reportedly given tourism to the area a huge boost.

"While "Game of Thrones" may serve as a great ambassador for the HBO brand, there is still lots of other highly acclaimed HBO content, ranging from dramas such as "Westworld" and "Chernobyl" to comedies like "Barry" and 'Silicon Valley, '" Toby Holleran, a senior analyst at Ampere Analysis, recently told Business Insider.

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

Mazin tweeted out his concern urging future tourists of the radioactive vacation getaway to be respectful. "Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed", he added.

In a tweet Tuesday, Mazin said that while it's great the HBO show on the subject has inspired people to go to the site in the Ukraine, "If you visit, please remember that a bad tragedy occurred there". "I don't know about you but I see a place like this and I do not stop crying for days". It isn't safe to live there, but by signing up for a tour you can visit the area surrounding the power plant. Though the plant has been open to tourists since the late 90s, the recent surge of people "doing it for the gram" has drawn justified criticism.

Tourism at the site has increased by 40 per cent since the TV series about the disaster, which has been linked to the deaths of thousands of people, was broadcast last month.

The company's website even features a still from HBO's "Chernobyl" that says, "As seen on HBO miniseries".

"[The series] is not a horror show", wrote Los Angeles Times critic Lorraine Ali.

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