Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

HBO Chernobyl creator asks tourists to be respectful

HBO Chernobyl creator asks tourists to be respectful

He also referenced having seen some questionable that photos tourists have posted.

"If you visit, please remember that a bad tragedy occurred there", he continued.

Following the premiere of the HBO series Chernobyl, Pripyat, Ukraine, has become a new destination for "thirsty Instagrammers" who are snapping pictures of themselves in masks and suits.

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.

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

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

April marked the 33rd anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster in then-Soviet Ukraine, caused by a botched safety test in the fourth reactor of the atomic plant that sent clouds of nuclear material across much of Europe.

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

Chernobyl creator and writer Craig Mazin is aware of the spike in tourism to the area, though he chose to take to Twitter to encourage everyone to please, you know, be respectful since a large number of people actually died there.

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

Julia Baessler, who has around 320,000 followers on Instagram, told Business Insider she visited Chernobyl in May, in addition to parts of the so-called exclusion zone around it. A 2005 report suggested that fewer than 50 people died because of the exposure to radiation but estimates suggest up to 9000 people can eventually die. 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 HBO miniseries depicts the explosion's aftermath, the vast clean-up operation and the subsequent inquiry.

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