Chernobyl Instagram thirst traps are not cool: HBO series creator

Chernobyl is becoming a visitor hotspot because of a new HBO series

Chernobyl is becoming a visitor hotspot because of a new HBO series

Craig Mazin, the screenwriter and creator of HBO's Chernobyl, has responded to reports that "influencers" have been flocking to the doomed nuclear power plant in Ukraine to share inappropriate photos from the tragic location.

The miniseries that recounts the true story of the catastrophic nuclear accident in 1986 has fuelled a tourism boom. Once inside the exclusion zone, adventurers can explore the town of Pripyat, which was abruptly evacuated in 1986; stand under the Ferris wheel at the abandoned amusement park, and see the infamous nuclear reactor (safely enclosed in a steel structure to contain radiation) from an observation point 1000 feet away.

Chernobyl creator and writer Craig Mazin is aware of the spike in tourism to the area, though he chose to take to Twitter to encourage everyone to please, you know, be respectful since a large number of people actually died there.

Dozens of people were killed in the immediate aftermath of the disaster while the long-term death toll from radiation poisoning is believed to number in the thousands.

"If you visit, please remember that a bad tragedy occurred there", Mazin said. The image has garnered comments calling the user, who has 3,922 followers, "repulsive", "disrespectful" and "disgusting".

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The Chernobyl site opened to tourists in 2011 but there are still some heavily contaminated areas that are off limits.

Julia Baessler, who has around 320,000 followers on Instagram, told Business Insider she visited Chernobyl in May, in addition to parts of the so-called exclusion zone around it.

The controversy is reminiscent of previous incidents at other important sites.

And in March, officials from the Auschwitz Museum tweeted a reminder to visitors not to pose for photos at the former Nazi concentration camp where more than one million people were murdered.

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