HBO Chernobyl creator asks tourists to be respectful

Esequiel Farfan
Junio 13, 2019

The site, near the city of Pripyat in northern Ukraine, has become an Instagrammers hot spot to capture the flawless "influencer" photo in a desperate bid for "likes" since the popular series' release.

Instagram's "Chernobyl" geotag shows users posing in front of the city's abandoned theme park, dressing up in hazmats suits, and pulling questionable stretches in the exclusion zone. If you visit, please remember that a awful tragedy occurred there.

There has already been some backlash to the backlash, with Atlantic writer Taylor Lorenz pointing out that the tweet cropped some of the Instagrammers' contextual captions and that their small follower counts disqualify them from being "influencers".

Others have criticised the Instagram influencers for their sexy posing photos that disrespect the fatal accident that claimed thousands of lives or forced thousands more to flee. Along these same lines, there's been growing criticism against these photos spreading online, with at least one prominent Instagrammer deleting selfies she took at the site of the disaster. The image has garnered comments calling the user, who has 3,922 followers, "repulsive", "disrespectful" and "disgusting".

The creator of a new HBO series about the world's worst nuclear accident, which happened in 1986, has pleaded with fans to be mindful when visiting the region.

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Another tour guide in the area told The Sun that "more visitors than ever are flocking to the disaster zone".

According to The Sun, the insensitive Instagram posts are part of a rise of "dark tourism" were tourists visit locations of a dark history.

Reuters reports that one Chernobyl tourist agency has seen a 40 percent increase in bookings since the show aired on TV.

Although radiation levels of the site have been deemed safe for short periods inside the zone, hot spots still exist.

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