Social influencers from across the world are voluntarily risking irradiating themselves in Chernobyl to fulfill their perpetual quest for more likes.
Chernobyl is for many a no-go zone. The entire site was declared uninhabitable in 1986 after the explosion of a nuclear reactor at its power plant. The area was then deemed safe to visit in the late 90’s. That said, visitors are still exposed to higher than normal radiation levels.
Yet, according to several travel agencies, tourism in Chernobyl is in really high demand. In fact, numbers are up 40% since the premiere of HBO’s Chermobyl.
And what says popular says influencers. Of course. The gratin of social media influencers is using the site and its deadly scenery as a backdrop to fulfill their perpetual quest for more likes.
Meanwhile in Chernobyl: Instagram influencers flocking to the site of the disaster. pic.twitter.com/LnRukoLirQ
— Bruno Zupan (@komacore) June 9, 2019
The level of influencers and social media aficionados visiting the site has risen so much that it prompted Craig Mazin, the writes of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl to issue a statement: “If you visit, please remember that a terrible tragedy occurred there. Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed.”
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