'Chernobyl' creator asks tourists to show respect at disaster site

Visitors walk in the ghost city of Pripyat during a tour in the Chernobyl exclusion

Mazin Tweeted "If you visit, please remember that a bad tragedy occurred here".

Another follower commented on a photo of the Instagrammer posing half-naked at the site saying "This photo is disrespectful to the people who lost their lives".

The site, near the city of Pripyat in northern Ukraine, has become an Instagrammers hot spot to capture the ideal "influencer" photo in a desperate bid for "likes" since the popular series' release.

To be specific, having seen an nearly uninterrupted viewership climb from its May 6 debut to its sou l crushing June 3 finale, the widely acclaimed Craig Mazin-created historical drama has emerged with a cumulative audience of 8 million so far.

The writer and producer of the hit HBO series "Chernobyl" has called on visitors to the site of the nuclear disaster to show respect, after a series of inappropriate photos were posted online.

One of the photos generating ire across the internet.

The miniseries that recounts the true story of the catastrophic nuclear accident in 1986 has fuelled a tourism boom. A 2005 report suggested that fewer than 50 people died because of the exposure to radiation but estimates suggest up to 9000 people can eventually die.

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Instagram users flocking to Chernobyl to post from the site of the greatest nuclear tragedy in history are facing criticism.

Success of the HBO show has driven up numbers of tourists wanting to see the abandoned town as well as the infamous plant that caused the disaster, according to Reuters.

One of those influencers featured in the tweet was Austrian Instagrammer Julia Baessler, who deleted some of the images from her Instagram after Zupan's tweet had people up in arms and accusing her of exploiting the disaster for likes.

The tabloid also said that tourists have reportedly been visiting Chernobyl's unsafe radiation zone to party with large groups.

A viral tweet featuring numerous tourists to the site characterized the photos as being taken by "Instagram influencers".

Sergiy Ivanchuk, director of SoloEast tours, said that he had seen a 30 per cent increase in the number of visitors compared in May 2019 compared to figures from the year before. "Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed".

"[The series] is not a horror show", wrote Los Angeles Times critic Lorraine Ali.

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