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Who wants to live forever 13 7, 7:42pm

@Daigga Um, I'm pretty sure safety isn't really most people's problem with the visitors' pictures/videos. The real problem lies in the blatant disrespect of a real tragedy. It's no different than people taking stupid selfies at Auschwitz and posting them on Twitter and Snapchat, etc. with dumb captions and lols. Well, perhaps the scale of disrespect is a little different but still, these people are indeed idiots for using a historic disaster site for public recognition. It's the typical "Hey look at me, I'm somewhere important. Isn't that amazing? Yay me!" behavior which continues to disgust people. Now, that being said, I am not against people wanting to go to the site, or even wanting to take photos, even their dumb selfies. Only, at least show some understanding of the gravity of where you are and some respect for how tragic the Chernobyl Disaster was. An entire town had to be evacuated and abandoned. An entire community of people were up-rooted, forced to leave their homes and find somewhere else to settle, with all the difficulties this entails. And that's not even to mention those many who straight-up lost their lives. Given all this, maybe they should keep their dumb selfies private. If they really want to post about their visit online, then do so with respect and consideration of the site's history. After all, if you don't care about the history and don't fully comprehend the gravity of the disaster, why visit the Exclusion Zone in the first place? Isn't knowing and acknowledging the history what really makes the experience? Now, many visitors are indeed respectful and some are even extremely aware and understanding. I'm merely saying it's those who are less so who are causing online anger.





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