Show Creator Pleads For Chernobyl Tourists To Stop Taking Crazy Photos

Lester Mason
June 14, 2019

The writer and producer of the hit HBO series "Chernobyl" has called on visitors to the site of the nuclear disaster to show respect, after a series of inappropriate photos were posted online.

Despite the backlash over Chernobyl selfies, some Instagram influencers chose to transform the Zone of Exclusion into their creative canvases, which some viewed as borderline disrespectful to victims of the nuclear tragedy, the New York Post noted. "But yes, I've seen the photos going around", tweeted Craig Mazin Tuesday. "Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed". It isn't safe to live there, but by signing up for a tour you can visit the area surrounding the power plant.

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.

Another made a victory gesture while smiling at a viewpoint overlooking the nuclear facility, and several more struck glamorous poses against a backdrop of a nuclear wasteland.

Responding to the picture, one user commented: "Imagine being this disrespectful".

English language tours to the site are said to cost around $100 (£78) and usually consist of a round trip from Kiev to the town of Chernobyl, a visit to the plant itself, and a walk around Pripyat which housed 50,000 people but is now empty after being evacuated in the aftermath of the explosion on 26 April, 1986. It killed 31 people instantly and forced tens of thousands to flee.

In March, the United States 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. Granted, the series didn't receive the most optimal time slot, given that it aired on Mondays, but viewers were apparently committed to catching up, and they did so to a greater degree on digital platforms like HBO Go and HBO Now than Thrones viewers did.

The disaster and the government's handling of it highlighted the shortcomings of the Soviet system with its unaccountable bureaucrats and entrenched culture of secrecy.

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