Some photos may just be stylized, but the creators of the series still asked tourists to treat the site with respect.
On June 4 ended “Chernobyl” — HBO mini-series about the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the elimination of its consequences. The show has become a global phenomenon, leading the audience rating of TV shows on IMDB in the entire history: “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones” are left behind. And the success of the series increased the interest of viewers to one of the main locations of “Chernobyl” — the city of Pripyat.
The population of Pripyat was evacuated on April 27, 1986. Now tourists are regularly brought there, and after the “Chernobyl” there are only more of them. Reuters reported a 40% increase in tour orders during the show series. A director of the Association of Chernobyl tour operators expects a twofold increase in tourist flow: “Last year there were 70 thousand tourists. But, given the release of the series, we can now reach 150 thousand people.”
Because of such a number of travelers, the number of Instagram images on the Pripyat geotag has increased dramatically. And in social networks have noticed that some photos can be considered a manifestation of disrespect for the tragedy of 1986. For example, half-naked photo shoots come across on Instagram.
Photos from Instagram came to the screenwriter of the series Craig Mazin. He asked tourists to behave in Pripyat respectfully towards people who “suffered and sacrificed themselves.” Pripyat guides told the media that more people were really going to tour. Many of them ask about the HBO series and ask to show some remarkable places from it.
In social networks, they write that now the place of the tragedy has become a place for an instagram photo. For example, pictures near the Ferris wheel in Pripyat are not very different from those at the Coachella summer festival. But some journalists believe that there is nothing wrong with so many bloggers: most of them simply document their lives, and do not express disrespect for the victims of the accident.
On Twitter, Julia Baessler, an Austrian student and Instagram model with 300 thousand followers, came under criticism. Most of the photos of the girl are associated with advertising of swimsuits, but after the completion of “Chernobyl” she published in the stories footage from a walk through Pripyat.
Baessler later told the media that she visited the nuclear power plant back in 2018 from an interest in “history and nuclear physics”. According to her, the photos have nothing to do with the “trend of Chernobyl”. “The fact that everyone sees in me a model, and not a person who is interested in history and physics, is sexism,” added Baessler.
Also on the geotag you can really see semi-nude photos. But in most cases, only geotag points to Pripyat. This may be styling under Chernobyl on the background of the series, but made in another place.