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'Chernobyl Diaries' Producer

OTHER Victim Support

Group LOVES US!

5/22/2012 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521_oren-peli_chernobyl_diarys_gettyThe producer of "Chernobyl Diaries" is firing back at claims that his movie is exploiting the 400,000 victims of the nuclear disaster, telling TMZ another support group actually praised him for his efforts.

Oren Peli -- who also directed "Paranormal Activity" -- tells TMZ that his film was done with the utmost respect for the victims of the 1986 disaster ... so much so that the group Chabad's Children of Chernobyl wrote him a letter praising him with "admiration" and "kudos" for his creation.

In a statement Peli tells TMZ, "As for the claim that our film exploits anyone -- we could not disagree more vigorously. First of all, the criticism and accusations are coming from a group that has not seen the film, whereas conversely the praise for it is coming from those who have indeed seen it."

If you recall ... Friends of Chernobyl Centers U.S. previously bashed the film for sensationalizing the tragic event -- angry over the use of victims as violent mutants. 

Peli -- who also wrote the film -- lashes back, telling us ... the villains of the movie are not mutated "victims" of the Chernobyl disaster and the dilapidated location is JUST a backdrop.

He then concludes, "The film, though fictional, may in fact shine a light on a tragedy too many have forgotten."

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1.

My Big Salami    

The only famous Russian EVER! Is that guy from Rocky 4.... Rocky beat him in the end....Whatever his name was...

702 days ago
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Cognizant _illiberal    

the marijuana strain that was inspired and named after the Chernobyl disaster is pretty good when grown , harvested , manicured ,and cured properly

702 days ago
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vasho    

Check-out Kevin Blanch on youtube. He has been following this for years. A Native to Utah, after the Nuclear testing in Utah. He now battles with Leukemia and his Father passed away from. One of the Biggest advocates of Radiation Exposure over the World. Also Dr. Helen Caldicott. Follow these people.

702 days ago
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vasho    

Chernobyl, is very very sad indeed. Fukushima Daiichi.........will take it to a whole another level. One of my friends' who knows a Doctor who runs a Clinic in Riverside Cali. According to him, she has been seeing a Massive amount of Thyroid cases in Children. The high Radiation levels are already on the West Coast, people(from my sources). I can't imagine what the Children of Japan are going through, but I am out....I am leaving SoCaL asap. I've been following this way too long not to go with my gut. I am now, almost about to vomit when any man out in LA ask me for a Sushi Date. hahaha

702 days ago
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BB not bb    

This guy makes a good point. If the group never even saw the movie, how are they already offended? Now I kind of want to see the movie. I think groups spring up for a cuase to collect donations and then come up with things to complain about to act like they are doing something useful with the money.

Italians were all upset about Jersey Shore, which turned out to be pro-Italian really. I think people should give the movie a chance or just not even bother worrying about it.

It seems alot of younger people have never heard of Chernoble, so this movie will remind them or introduce them to what happened.

702 days ago
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Amrtayim    

Too obvious tmz trying hard to plug this guy,come guys

702 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

I'll probably wait until the movie comes out on Netflix.

702 days ago
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Max    

"telling us ... the villains of the movie are not mutated "victims" of the Chernobyl disaster".

Riiiiigghht. They're a completely DIFFERENT set of nuclear mutants that came to Chernobyl to live. Uh huh.

702 days ago
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Topina    

Let's change the location to the twin towers site and see if people can then understand how it could be offensive to situate a horror film there. Anyway the movie ads look boring, been there done that type of story so it will go away soon.

702 days ago
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Uh    

More hype to get you tp see the movie. Yawn.

702 days ago
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Carl    

He probably paid that first group to complain in order to get press for the movie.

702 days ago
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Sonja    

Oh please it was 26 yrs ago.. there are plenty of movies made that are based on or located in real life locations of tragic events. Maybe this will wake up some idiots who think building 20 more of these things in our own back yard is a good idea. This is no different than the Catholic Church trying to protest the Exorcist. Get over it..

702 days ago
13.

levyi    

Dolph Lungren is Swedish

702 days ago

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