The “Chernobyl” writer and creator doesn’t approve of the way tourists are documenting their trips to the disaster site.
Following the success of HBO’s hyper-realistic “Chernobyl,” about the 1986 nuclear disaster and its aftermath, tourists are flocking to the scene of the devastation in the now-abandoned city of Pripyat, Ukraine. Many of the tourists have been posting giddy selfies and posing for portraits for all of social media to behold.
One woman even posted a photo of her naked body against a grim background.
Craig Mazin, a native New Yorker who created and penned the miniseries, tweeted Tuesday in response to the trend. “It’s wonderful that #ChernobylHBO has inspired a wave of tourism to the Zone of Exclusion,” Mazin wrote. “But yes, I’ve seen the photos going around.”
“If you visit,” he continued, “Please remember that a terrible tragedy occurred there. Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed.”
Many of those in the photos appear completely unfazed by what took place 33 years ago.
Among the most controversial is a photo of a mostly nude woman with a Hazmat suit hanging off her body.
In another photo, a man is shown grinning widely at the camera as he holds up two fingers to signify “peace.” Part of his caption, when translated, reads, “This is amazing. As if I am the hero of a film about postapocalypse.”
The eerie trend has drawn comparisons to tourists taking similar carefree photos at Holocaust sites such as Auschwitz.