Surprise! Not everyone is ok with ruin porn.
It's not just that the term "porn" makes people uneasy. Ruin porn is contentious because it rings warning bells for peoples' moral codes; is it actually ok to derive pleasure from these poverty-stricken places? Griffioen himself argued that the genre was founded on principles of "exploitation, detachment, etcetera." Critics have gone after Moore and his disciples for essentially prostituting the places they shoot. Speaking to the New York Times, a Detroit native voiced what many in the people city think of ruin porn: "Some of the people coming here bring a sort of bacchanal spirit—like they're out on the frontier and they can do anything."