Disrespectful: Influencers make Chernobyl a selfie hotspot

The HBO series "Chernobyl" is on everyone's lips right now. As expected, interest in the original scene of the accident in Ukraine is increasing. Because more and more people flock to the decommissioned nuclear power plant to take tasteless selfies there.

The fact that hyped films and series often turn their locations into small attractions is nothing new. And it is quite understandable when "Harry Potter " fans want to go to Hogwarts themselves or "Game of Thrones " crazy people travel to Croatia.
One would think, however, that it would be different with serious series like "Chernobyl ". The HBO series deals with the nuclear disaster that took place in 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine near the city of Prypiat. An absolute tragedy and therefore a place to be visited with respect.
Unfortunately, many influencers seem to see it differently. Because now more and more selfies are appearing from the exclusion zone.

Selfies in the exclusion zone

Chernobyl was the site of one of the greatest disasters of the last century. That the eerie ghost town with its sad past is a destination for tourists already seems a little strange. But even in the last few years there has been a growing interest in visiting the nuclear power plant and in so-called "Lost Places ". The series "Chernobyl " now seems to have aroused even greater interest in the place and triggered a new wave of "disaster tourism ".
For more and more Instagram influencers, Chernobyl now seems to be the new Insta hotspot of the year. Selfies that have nothing to do with respect for the misfortune are already busily uploaded on social networks.
Instagrammers, for example, pose half-naked with gas masks in the abandoned city of Pripyat or have themselves photographed in protective suits. You can only say: Shitstorm in 3, 2, 1... And rightly so. In the comments on such posts, many users are already reacting to the tasteless images and accusing the influencers of mocking the victims of the nuclear disaster.

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The makers of the series "Chernobyl " are now reacting to the photos. Author and producer Craig Mazin wrote on Twitter that he was generally pleased about the increased interest in Chernobyl. Nevertheless, he appeals to all visitors to behave respectfully at the scene of the tragedy.

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.If you visit, please remember that a terrible tragedy occurred there. Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed.

- Craig Mazin (@clmazin) 11. June 2019