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Chernobyl Diaries Horribly Offends Chernobyl Charity

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Chernobyl offends activist group

We thought Chernobyl Diaries looked pret-ty scary from what we saw in the trailer, but Friends of Chernobyl Centers U.S. is more horrified the Hollywood is sensationalizing the aftermath of an incident that took thousands of lives!

The organization feels that the Jesse McCartney horror flick from the producers of Paranormal Activity is disrespectful to those affected by the 1986 nuclear power plant explosion.

A rep from Friends of Chernobyl said:

"It is terrible that such a tragic event as Chernobyl is being sensationalized in a Hollywood horror film. Thousands of people have died and over 400,000 people were evacuated from their homes. Today over 5 million people still live on contaminated land. The horror is not mutants running around, the real horror is the effect that Chernobyl continues to have on the lives of millions who have been devastated physically, emotionally and economically. If you feel compelled to go see this movie, take the adrenalin you get from the horror to go do something good and make a difference in the lives of those still living with Chernobyl every day."

We can certainly understand their outrage, but doubt the producers of the movie intended to offend anybody.

What do U think? Was it too soon to make a movie based on the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster?

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18 comments to “Chernobyl Diaries Horribly Offends Chernobyl Charity”

  1. Country boy says – reply to this


    So does that mean that all the southern people should be affended and make a big deal about the Wrong Turn" Movies, and all the people who have lost somebody from a shark attack should have gone after any shark movie that has been made? They are being a little sensitive!

  2. 2

    I'm fucking sick and tired of everyone being "outraged" or "offended" by everything. If you don't fucking like it, then don't fucking watch it. I want everyone to stop demanding apologies and whining. These losers are too stupid to see that such a movie could get them more donations if they handle things right, but NO. They have to be OFFENDED instead. Well you know what? THEY offend ME, and I want them to STFU RIGHT NOW.

  3. jham says – reply to this


    When I heard about this movie, I thought the concept was horribly insensitive. There are millions of people living with the effects of Chernobyl and they are not psycho-killer mutants. There are people who have been physically mutated by the effects of Chernobyl and they are not murderers. They're victims of a HORRIBLE accident. I consider this genre of horror movies to appeal solely to the most base and disgusting parts of humanity anyway, so I'm not surprised some people think it's cool.

  4. 4

    I am so happy to see that I wasn't the only person put off by this movie! I am not easily offended and generally get annoyed when people are but this isn't about something that happened centuries and centuries ago, this happened in my life time. I don't personally remember it but my parents can still talk about the news stories at the time. Thousands of people died and thousands are still suffering…imagine one of those being your loved ones and then imagine seeing promos for this movie (as it's not as simple as not going to see it) and just consider how you would feel. Probably not that great. Its entirely insensitive.

    I personally think the whole concept is stupid but I think if they insisted on doing it, it would have been better to use a fictional nuclear meltdown that really had no connection at all to such a human tragedy.

  5. dani says – reply to this


    I think it is way too soon for this movie. I do not normally take offense to things, and I am horrified by this premise. There are many people still living with the after effects of Chernobyl, and I am super offended they are portraying them as monsters/zombies (I haven't seen the movie, only the preview). I won't see this movie because I believe it is in bad taste.

  6. DemCroat says – reply to this


    Re: La Garse – "These losers are too stupid to see that such a movie could get them more donations if they handle things right, but NO." — seriously, are you stupid? this movie isn't a documentary or a non-fiction flick on the Chernobyl incident; its a fucking horror film that depicts the victims as zombies and monsters. Imagine if someone made a zombie movie about 911 or Hurricane Katrina. You're telling me you won't be offended? You STFU.

  7. 7

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  8. 8

    Its total bullshit they are using tragedy like that for a dumbass slasher movie. What people don't know is that the governments of the neighboring countries did NOT tell their people that it have happened for whole three days!!! Since I was 4-years-old at the time I was fed fresh fruits and vegetables that had particles from the radioactive cloud on them and was breathing the air without mask or anything while the radioactive cloud was moving through the air.
    I don't know how high was the person who though it was ok to use it as a theme for that stupid movie, but to people who have lost friends and relatives to the huge spike in cancer deaths due to effect from the tragedy decades afterwords, is completely insensitive and its seriously pissing me off.

  9. John says – reply to this


    Who cares! This movie will be trash just like all the Paranormal Movies except for the first one.

  10. Velyna says – reply to this


    Re: La GarseRe: Country boy – See the thing is it is INCREDIBLY insenstive. Thousands of people died and thousands more have serious health problems. It's exactly as Re: DemCroat – says if someone made a movie about 911 but instead of the people who died their they turned them into zombie monsters that I'm sure their would be outrage. Hell their was outrage over that extremely loud incredibly close movie (I haven't seen it but people sure were offended by this movie). This was a huge tragedy and not just for the Ukraine you can't made a stupid zombie monster movie out of it. Have you ever seen what serious radiation poisioning does to a person?! It's a terrible way to die. They still can't go back to their homes, and this gorgeous city lies to rot. You can't even walk in certain area's in the city because the radiation is still to high!

  11. a reactor operator says – reply to this


    the inaccuracies blogged for millions to read in Perez's article (and obviously the ignorance in these comments) is unfortunate. while Chernobyl was a horrendous tragedy that could have easily been prevented had the control room operators not been idiots, the fact is that only 56 people have died as a result of the accident. since the country was/is so poor,basically anyone who was diagnosed with cancer after the accident had it attributed to Chernobyl in order to have their treatment covered… and who could blame them. If someone was going to take the time to direct a Chernobyl movie, they should have at least made it accurate.

    I've been to chernobyl several times and have put together many documentaries on the accident and recovery of the area. the "Facts" are horribly skewed in order to spin anti-nuclear and since negativity and hysteria in the media is what sells. terribly unfortunate.

  12. 12

    Looks like "Friends of Chernobyl Centers U.S." is just looking for a bit of spotlight! Funny how no one knew of this charity until this movie came out and "offended" so many victims! Well played, Friends of Chernobyl … but guess what? I still don't care that you exist!

  13. Khamani says – reply to this


    Re: La Garse – That's EXACTLY what I was thinking!! When they receive TONS of donations, they won't be complaining will they?? This film could educate many about what happened because I was born in '93 & never heard of Chernobyl anything. I will be watching the movie to find out I guess.

  14. Khamani says – reply to this


    Re: Country boy – I think it's a little deeper than that. The "Wrong Turn" movies aren't called "Southern Freaks in Lousiana." This "Chernobyl Diaries" film is undoubtedly about the Chernobyl disaster. I do agree that none should be offended, yet at least. I doubt that actual characters will be portrayed, and if so, I'm pretty sure they gave the writer(s) the okay to do so. Creating a film on something that happened 20 yrs ago is definately not too soon.

  15. Velyna says – reply to this


    whoops I ment hundreds not thousands, I don't know what the hell I was doing there. But over time it has been hundreds with the terrible medical problems it has caused for people there and in the immediate area.

  16. Natasha says – reply to this


    I am extremely offended by this film, based on the disaster that effected so many people. I will not be seeing this film and I will encourage my friends not to see this either. Thanks a lot whoever ignorant person decided to make a film out of a tradegy like this, I am disgusted.

  17. jeff says – reply to this


    pretty insensitive. this is not a case of "if you don't like it, don't watch" sort of issue. this is profiting on human and animal suffering from a man made disaster. peli should donate a portion of his profits to their catastrophe fund…this isn't "I am Legend"…this is movie including a real life (not so distant) event with a very false horror sense. look at some of the pictures of the children who were deformed by this tragedy…you might think twice about drawing entertainment from that

  18. Mathieu says – reply to this


    Seriously, if its outraging or not.. it certainly does "advertise" the tchernobyl accident… Therefore more people will be sensibilized by what they will see and will maybe seek for more informations on the aftermath. People who dont will just love the movie for the monsters… and its fine this way