It seems to be a natural human inclination to be fascinated by cataclysm and the torment of our fellow humans- from the push to gawp at the scene of a car crash to traveling purposefully into warzones, we seem to have a morbid need to see and experience the worst that can happen.

The creator of the’ Chernobyl’ miniseries has a message for people who have started visiting the tragic site

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Disaster tourism is most definitely a act and the lane it is perceived depends entirely on the motives and the behavior of the individual. People that choose to visit Auschwitz, for example, could go to pay their respects, learn about the true extent of human barbarism and come away profoundly changed; using the knowledge and empathy gained from the experience to become a more attending being. Or, they could disrespect and dismis the gravity of the site, learning nothing while looking for photo opportunities to impress their Instagram adherents with.

Some people were surprised to hear such orientation choices

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Because yes, influencers going their perfect pic in Chernobyl is now a thing

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Sadly, this story seems to lean toward the latter. On the back of the success of HBO’s Chernobyl, influencers have been flocking to Pripyat to constitute for photos, imparting little historic context about what really followed there but pulling plenty of the usual vapid, cliched poses that we’ve come to expect from these people.

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Of course, Chernobyl is not Auschwitz; almost all of Pripyat’s 50,000 occupants were safely removed from the abandoned town, which is still heavily contaminated with radiation from the accident in 1986. However, it is the site of a human tragedy that has affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of parties. What possible justify could you have for getting sexy there?

This is the ugly back of disaster tourism. People cynically employing a catastrophe to further their own objectives, trying to give the impression of being’ adventurous’ and’ curious, ’ but instead demoting a somber, meaningful neighbourhood to precisely another background for endless selfies.

Sure, visit Pripyat. Read and learn about what resulted there, about the heroic parties that sacrificed themselves trying to contain the accident and current realities of life under socialism. Discuss the pros and cons of nuclear energy. Take photos and share your experience with your best friend! But don’t get your butt out. Your as is irrelevant and disrespectful to the memory of the people that lost their lives there, OK?

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To be fair, while there are some hideously thoughtless and tasteless pics here, some of them, like those showing the level of radiation still at locations other than construction sites, could be considered informative.

What do you think? Is this kind of disaster tourism just plain wrong? Would you visit Pripyat to see what remains after the accident? Let us know your views in the comments below!

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