Chernobyl visitors criticised for 'disrespectful' photos shared on Instagram

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 12, 2019

A quick search under the Chernobyl hashtag on Instagram brings up dozens of photos of people provocatively posing in front of abandoned buildings, scorched buses, and in eerily empty dorm rooms, with one user posing half naked in a hazmat suit.

"But yes, I've seen the photos going around", he continued. In a tweet Tuesday, Mazin said that while it's great the HBO show on the subject has inspired people to go to the site in the Ukraine, "If you visit, please remember that a bad tragedy occurred there".

The writer and creator of the critically acclaimed TV miniseries "Chernobyl" on Wednesday asked tourists traveling to Pripyat, Ukraine, and its surroundings to treat it with the "respect for all who suffered and sacrificed" there. The image has garnered comments calling the user, who has 3,922 followers, "repulsive", "disrespectful" and "disgusting".

One Chernobyl tour agency reported a 40% rise in trip bookings since the series, made by HBO and Sky Atlantic, began in May.

The image of Baessler suited up in hardhat and mask in the control room of the "destroyed unit 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant", contrasted starkly with the bikini and fitness pics she nearly exclusively posts. Though official records show that 31 people died, the long-term death toll is estimated between 4000 and 93,000.

Mazin, whose previous writing credits include Scary Movie 2, The Hangover Part II, and The Huntsman: Winter's War, has confirmed there are no plans for a second season of Chernobyl.

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