The writer behind the acclaimed Sky and HBO drama series Chernobyl has been forced to speak out following floods of tourists visiting the site, with many taking inappropriate selfies during their visit to the nuclear disaster site in Ukraine.
Tourism at the site of the disaster has reportedly increased by 30–40% ever since the series began airing last month. Naturally, it has renewed interest in the region, with many traveling to Chernobyl in order to stage their own photoshoots for Instagram.
One woman who visited the site of the 1986 explosion, which is said to likely be responsible for 4,000 deaths from radiation exposure, posted images of herself posing with her underwear exposed.
On Wednesday, screenwriter Craig Mazin tweeted:
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.
Anyone visiting the area is not required to wear hazmat suits, but is warned not to touch anything. They are also scanned for radiation levels.
Chernobyl is not the first place where a natural disaster has become popular amongst selfie-taking tourists. Back in March, the museum at Auschwitz tweeted asking visitors to show more respect, posting photos of people balancing on the former Nazi concentration camp’s railway tracks.