Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Chernobyl visitors criticised for 'disrespectful' photos shared on Instagram

Chernobyl visitors criticised for 'disrespectful' photos shared on Instagram

Mazin Tweeted "If you visit, please remember that a awful tragedy occurred here".

"Have some respect for the people that lost their lives and homes", one user commented.

The city Pripyat was built for the families and workers working in the Chernobyl Nuclear power plant.

"They recognize that we made this with love and respect for them, and that we tried our hardest to get the details right, which I think from their perspective Western productions often either fail to do, or don't try to do at all", Mazin said.

Mazin piped up in response to a viral tweet with Instagram photos in which visitors are leaning against a damaged school bus, testing the area's radiation levels and even posing topless in an unzipped hazmat suit.

But some have been criticised for disrespecting the site's tragic history with selfies - an increasingly common theme at disaster zones. "While some critics might still view the posts as distasteful and insensitive, most of these users are all trying to say the same thing: 'I was here'".

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They were also 22% more likely to become newly overweight and 33% more likely to become newly obese. Sleeping with a light on outside the room was associated with only slight increases in weight.

The success of the show, which recounts the events that led to the 1986 nuclear disaster in Soviet Russia and the fallout, has reportedly given tourism to the area a huge boost. Up to 115,000 people are thought to have died of radiation-related illnesses such as cancer, though estimates vary.

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".

Following the release of HBO drama series Chernobyl, tourism at the site has grown by 40 per cent compared with May previous year.

Sergiy Ivanchuk, director of SoloEast tours, told the wire service that business is booming with 30 percent more tourists going to the area in May 2019 compared with past year.

Since the release HBO miniseries "Chernobyl", tourists have been flocking to the most radioactive place on Earth to snag a selfie for Instagram - so much so that even the creator of HBO's Chernobyl, Craig Mazin, weighed in. Following the series about the disaster, interest in the Ukrainian power plant has skyrocketed, with Google search for "Chernobyl" showing a sharp uptick since the show of the same name aired.

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