Firstly, if you haven't seen Chernobyl HBO's latest mini-series, you need to watch it as soon as possible. Not you just-another disaster drama, the series is urgent, bleak and absolutely necessary. And owing to the rising popularity of the show, a few social media influencers have been using the city's backdrop as a tool and have been posting scantily clad images on social media which has invited extreme criticism from everyone.
Creator of the acclaimed HBO/Sky drama Chernobyl has spoken out about the sharp rise in tourism to the exclusion zone around the nuclear disaster site, noting the number of inappropriate photos being posted by Instagram users.
“It’s wonderful that #ChernobylHBO has inspired a wave of tourism to the Zone of Exclusion,” Craig Mazin tweeted on Wednesday morning. “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.”
According to reports, visitors to the site, near the city of Pripyat in Ukraine, have increased by 30-40 percent since the hit five-part miniseries began airing in May. But among them have been a number of social media influencers who have drawn sharp online criticism for using the unusual setting as a backdrop for photos of themselves, sometimes even in revealing outfits (one user posed topless in an unzipped hazmat suit).
Pripyat, about 70 miles north of Ukraine's capital Kiev, has only been open to tourists since 2011, although it can only be accessed as part of a licensed tour.
Thirty one people were officially recorded as killed by the Chernobyl disaster, but estimates for the broader number of victims range from 4,000 to 93,000.