‘Chernobyl’ miniseries creator asks tourists to show ‘respect’ when taking photos
The creator and writer of the acclaimed HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” chastised tourists for taking selfies — including some that critics found tasteless — at the location of the 1986 nuclear disaster.
“If you visit, please remember that a terrible tragedy occurred there,” Craig Mazin tweeted Tuesday night, noting he had seen some of the photos. “Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed.”
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) June 11, 2019
The success of the miniseries, a five-part dramatization of the events surrounding the world’s worst nuclear accident, has helped inspire a wave of tourism to the site of the former Soviet-era power plant in Ukraine.
At least one Chernobyl tour agency has reported a 40 percent increase in trip bookings since the series debuted on HBO and Sky Atlantic in May, according to Reuters.
Another tour company told Reuters it has seen a 30 percent spike.
Mazin’s tweet comes after social media users shared several photos of tourists and influencers posing in front of ruins in the plant workers’ city of Pripyat and the 1,000-square-mile area known as the Zone of Exclusion.
Twitter user Bruno Zupan on Tuesday posted a round-up of Instagram screenshots. In perhaps the most provocative image, a topless woman wears a half-zipped hazmat suit that shows her thong underwear.
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