Memes that help to cope with the heavy atmosphere of the ‘Chernobyl’ series

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Users of social networks using jokes conceptualize and soften the impressions of the show about the 1986 nuclear catastrophe.

On June 4, the last episode of “Chernobyl” was released — a five-part HBO show about the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The series led the audience rating iMDb with an average rating of 9.7 points out of 10 — higher than the “Game of Thrones” and “Breaking Bad”. The final of “Chernobyl” only strengthened the leadership — 9.9 out of 10.

In social networks in Russia and in the West, users wrote that at some moments the show strongly pressed on the viewer and bordered on the horror genre because of the detailed horror demonstration of 1986. Even after the first days of the accident, the writers found episodes that they just wanted to “squander”.

Despite the seriousness of Chernobyl, the audience came up with numerous memes about the series. They related to specific scenes, the causes of the accident and the most memorable characters. Several Western publications suggested that jokes are one of the ways to comprehend and “soften” events in modern culture. And Chernobyl, pressing on the viewer, needed a discharge in the form of memes.


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