Thursday, 22 August, 2019

'Chernobyl' creator asks tourists to show respect at disaster site

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Steven Clarke | 13 June, 2019, 22:18

The writer of the acclaimed HBO series Chernobyl has issued a warning to the visitors to the site of the nuclear incident to be respectful, after a number of inappropriate pictures of Instagram influencers from the nuclear site emerged on the internet.

One user whose location was marked as Pripyat, a ghost-town near the former nuclear plant site, posted a revealing photo seemingly of herself in a radioactive suit.

A quick search under the Chernobyl hashtag on Instagram brings up dozens of photos of people provocatively posing in front of abandoned buildings, scorched buses, and in eerily empty dorm rooms, with one user posing half naked in a hazmat suit. While many who have visited the area have maintained a level of decorum, some have posted disrespectful, even raunchy, selfies, leading to a plea from the show's creator, Craig Mazin to remember that this is the scene of a devestating event.

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".

"But yes, I've seen the photos going around". It isn't safe to live there, but by signing up for a tour you can visit the area surrounding the power plant.

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The accident killed 31 people instantly and forced tens of thousands to flee.

In March, the U.S. city of Lake Elsinore declared a public safety crisis after "superbloom" of poppies in a nearby canyon attracted tens of thousands of visitors, and selfie takers have irked owners of eye-catching properties in Paris and London.

One Chernobyl tour agency reported a 40% rise in trip bookings since the series, made by HBO and Sky Atlantic, began in May.

"Very rarely do people go to these sites because they enjoy, in some morbid, dark way, the suffering of others".

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