Writer of New Chernobyl TV Series Asks Tourists to Respect Site After Influencer Poses in Underwear

Writer of New Chernobyl TV Series Asks Tourists to Respect Site After Influencer Poses in Underwear

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.

Lead image: "DSC_0950 (2560x1707)" by Hungary URBEX, licensed under CC BY 2.0 

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Daniel Medley's picture

"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."

Neither Chernobyl or Auschwitz were "natural" disasters. They were human caused.

Daniel Medley's picture

Why would someone downvote the obvious? LOL ...

It's like stating that 2+2=4 and getting a downvote because ... well, who knows?

Bibi Haribi's picture

...maybe someone realised that you wrote something stupid, without any particular reason? Nobody forced you. It's happen when put respect for Auschwitz and 'respect' for Chernobyl in a same sentence. It's obvious! :-)

Daniel Medley's picture

So you're saying that Chernobyl and Auschwitz were natural disasters?

Bibi Haribi's picture

...no, I'm just trying to say (you won't get it) that nowhere was written that Auschwitz is natural disaster. People realised that you are trying to be smart, but you are not. Everything else is not important. And Chernobyl was a technical accident, not made on purpose, what ever they told you. :-)

Daniel Medley's picture

Are you impaired? I was responding to the article in which the author stated: "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"

So, yes, it is absolutely written that they were natural disasters. Perhaps you should read both what I'm writing and what I'm responding to before you say such ridiculousness.

I simply reminded them that Chernobyl and Auschwitz were not "natural" disasters, but were human caused.

Again, are you saying that I'm incorrect in stating that Chernobyl and Auschwitz were caused by humans?

Leigh Miller's picture

Personally I don't see what the big deal is...there is no equivalency between Chernobyl and Auschwitz.

One is the casualty of an accident, the other unspeakable evil (deliberate).

People have been taking selfies at sites in Africa where human beings were stolen into slavery. Where is the outrage?

Daniel Medley's picture

It could be argued that the accident in Chernobyl was a direct result of an evil totalitarian ideology going unquestioned in the name of The State ...

Leigh Miller's picture

The nuclear facility wasn't built with the expressed purpose of killing an entire population. Auschwitz was.

Daniel Medley's picture

Of course not. Who said otherwise?

Leigh Miller's picture

You did when you entered a hyperbolic vantage point for how Chernobyl happened.

And you used the right word, ACCIDENT.

The two are simply not comparable, regardless of what Americans think of Russians there is no proof of deliberate wrongdoing. Maybe the coverup though.

But don't take my word for it...ask our Jewish friends about how they take your point of view.

Daniel Medley's picture

Then you're reading things into what I said that I didn't say. You are being woefully intellectually dishonest.

It's not a stretch at all to be able to tie an accident to either a SOP or a policy.

Some disasters are accidental. Some are intentional. The causes that can lead to them don't have to be exclusive, but that does not mean they are the same with regards to motivation. Well, except for you, apparently.

The vantage point I presented on a contributing factor to the cause of Chernobyl is far from hyperbolic; it's reality.

And don't worry, my JEWISH wife who is also Ukrainian is completely on board with my point of view.

Leigh Miller's picture

I read exactly what you wrote.

If it's intentional it wasn't an accident. negligent, reckless maybe. None of which speaks to the point you keep ignoring with your soliloquy.. Someone taking a selfie at Chernobyl (nude) isn't such a big deal.

A location where a targeted people were murdered...poor taste.

Daniel Medley's picture

"I read exactly what you wrote."

Yet you fail miserably at understanding it. Or you simply ignore it.

"If it's intentional it wasn't an accident. negligent, reckless maybe."

Never said otherwise. You behave as though I did. Comprehension failure.

"None of which speaks to the point you keep ignoring with your soliloquy"

Why should I keep hammering a point you already made?

"Someone taking a selfie at Chernobyl (nude) isn't such a big deal.

A location where a targeted people were murdered...poor taste."

I agree with that, but in regards to my initial point it's a clumsy non sequitur; it has nothing to do with anything I've said. But it's a perfect example of your lack of comprehension, whether intentional or not. In fact nearly all of your "responses" are not related to anything I've said.

Comprehension failure.

It's always initially alarming to me when it's clear that the person I'm attempting to have a reasonable conversation with is either incapable or unwilling to comprehend or even remotely understand. And then on top of that become irrationally aggressive.

With that in mind I'm going to simply allow you to have the last word.

Bibi Haribi's picture

...something for Daniel! :-)

Daniel Medley's picture

Personal ad hominems like your response, rather than addressing what is being said isn't exactly the pillar of intelligence.

In case you're unaware of that.

Bibi Haribi's picture

...you received so many posts where people explained you that you are annoying but you didn't get it. But, let's try again: 1) nowhere was written that Auschwitz was natural disaster, 'natural' is meant by 'human disaster' here. 2) showing 'respect' in Auschwitz and Chernobyl are two different things. 3) word 'natural' was also used for nuclear explosion situation, besides the fact what is the cause of that accident. But cause was technical flaw, not human error. But never mind. 4) Similar situation happened in Fukushima. 5) I see more equivalency between Hiroshima/Nagasaki and Auschwitz, than Chernobyl and Auschwitz. I hope people won't make any naked photos in Hiroshima, some american idiot will probably immediately 'explain' to rest of us that this is disrespectful. Or not, because that was not Russians!? :-)

The false equivalency is staggering

Bibi Haribi's picture

...exactly. And I see more equivalency between Hiroshima/Nagasaki and Auschwitz, than Chernobyl and Auschwitz. :-)

Ignacio Balbuena's picture

Ah yes I was reading about this on reddit, specifically one of the influencers did a full nude and force to take down the picture. People unconsciously thinking that this events happens so long ago that is improbably that happens again.

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