HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Creator Calls Out Ignorant Selfies Taken At Disaster Site

It seems like eager Instagrammers are finding any location a prime spot for multiple selfies.

Recently, HBO’s Chernobyl has inspired a surge in people’s interest in the nuclear disaster site, where a power plant in Ukraine malfunctioned and led to a major nuclear accident across the then Soviet Union.

Since the historical drama aired, there has been a spike in the number of tourists who have swarmed the Chernobyl disaster site, as reported by CNN.

Photos shot at the location show that travelers might be expressing too much joy near the tragic spot, posing with the classic victory hand gesture and even striking hypebeast-esque and suggestive stances. A few of these images were highlighted by Twitter user @komacore, who compiled some of the cringiest Chernobyl tourist pictures in one tweet.

Visiting Instagram’s ’Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant’ geotag also unveils posts that might be deemed inappropriate.

Craig Mazin, creator and writer of the Chernobyl documentary, has had enough and has spoken up against the questionable trend.

Mazin tweets the reminder, “Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed,” urging visitors to remember that a “terrible tragedy occurred there.”

In this social media-obsessed age, the reminder is timely as the need to drive up ‘likes’ can often fog people’s conscience.

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