It seems to be a natural human inclination to be fascinated by disaster and the suffering of our fellow humans – from the urge 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 thing and the way 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 deeply affected; using the knowledge and empathy gained from the experience to become a more caring person. Or, they could disrespect and disregard the gravity of the site, learning nothing while looking for photo opportunities to impress their Instagram followers with.
Some people were surprised by such location choices
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Because yes, influencers getting 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 pose for photos, giving little historical context about what actually occurred there but pulling plenty of the usual vapid, cliched poses that we’ve come to expect from these people.