Chernobyl is corporate propaganda
It’s no accident that HBO launched its hit miniseries Chernobyl this year, said Dmitry Steshin. The disaster at the Soviet nuclear plant—which killed dozens of people, displaced tens of thousands, and spewed radioactive fallout over nearly 40,000 square miles—happened in 1986. So why release Chernobyl 33 years later, and not on a “round” anniversary date? Well, “it’s no secret” that all American films are propaganda, either of the “Stars and Stripes triumphant” variety or the social-engineering type featuring “a black one-legged lesbian, a black and white married couple, a pedophile priest, a gay lead, and a white cisgender bastard.” In this case, the motive is business. The U.S. is desperate to prop up its own Westinghouse Electric Co., an ailing nuclear energy firm that declared bankruptcy in 2017. Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear company, has dominated the global market for safe nuclear technology in recent years. The firm has snapped up contracts to build 22 reactors in nine countries over the next decade and could soon enter the European Union. Unable to beat Rosatom in business, the U.S. is instead trying to undermine our national success with a TV series portraying Russians as “reckless and stupid” people who “staged an unprecedented ecological catastrophe in Europe.” Chernobyl is a crass attempt to sow mistrust in Russian technology.