HBO’s Chernobyl has sparked interest in the nuclear power plant disaster and the ghost town it created. And of course, that newfound attention has brought out attention whores who will shamelessly use a tragedy as an opportunity to show their ass in more ways that one. Influencers are using the site of Chernobyl as a backdrop to display their sexiness. Next up: topless oxygen mask photo shoots at the 9/11 museum!
According to BuzzFeed News
The historical drama seemed to have sparked a renewed interest in the crisis, where a power plant in Ukraine malfunctioned, spewing deadly particles into the atmosphere across the then–Soviet Union and Western Europe. In the days since the miniseries aired, an uptick of visitors have begun swarming the area, local tour operators told CNN. In fact, it’s entirely possible that some people are enjoying visiting the site of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history a little…too much.
Meanwhile in Chernobyl: Instagram influencers flocking to the site of the disaster. pic.twitter.com/LnRukoLirQ
— Bruno Zupan (@komacore) June 9, 2019
As a child who grew terrified of Chernobyl I can’t wrap my head around this. I don’t know what the air quality is like now but I remember thinking you breathed it in the 80’s or 90’s you would grow an extra eye (like the fish from the Simpsons). My dad was a member of the Clamshell Alliance- a group which actively protested the use of nuclear power so growing up I heard a lot about the horrors of Chernobyl. The idea that people now think it’s cool to show their toned butts while wearing hazmat suit is…confusing.
Influencers, listen, there are so many ways to show your asses but please for the love of everything holy if you are in a hazmat suit on a tragic historical site, don’t show your ass. Even if you think it will cheer up the place. Even is your thong matches the hazmat suit. Just leave that hazmat suit zipped and keep it moving. You’ll be back at a beach or a soup kitchen or wherever influencers take ass shots soon enough.
This foolery got back to show creator Craig Mazin and he sent out a tweet asking people to stop the madness.
It's wonderful that #ChernobylHBO has inspired a wave of tourism to the Zone of Exclusion. But yes, I've seen the photos going around.
If you visit, please remember that a terrible tragedy occurred there. Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed.
— Craig Mazin (@clmazin) June 11, 2019
But well, maybe Craig and I are being too hard on these influencers. I mean, what else shows the painful death of radiation poisoning like tacky assholes doing tacky asshole poses for Instagram likes? It’s startling performance art, honestly. And if they get radiation poisoning of the crotch for posing in a bikini in Chernobyl, it was worth it to spread awareness, really.