Following the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant's RBMK reactor 33 years ago, a 2500-square-mile exclusion zone was established around the disaster site.
Another Instagrammer posted a photo of himself flexing his muscles and kicking up his leg while wearing a sock with no shoe.
"The (expletive) people do for attention", one user commented, while another called the photo "pathetic".
However, some selfie-taking tourists have sparked anger for failing to respect Chernobyl's tragic history by taking inappropriate pictures of themselves at the disaster site.More news: People 'eating a credit card' in plastic each week
The miniseries that recounts the true story of the catastrophic nuclear accident in 1986 has fuelled a tourism boom. Twenty eight other people died within weeks from acute radiation poisoning, according to the World Nuclear Association.
There has already been some backlash to the backlash, with Atlantic writer Taylor Lorenz pointing out that the tweet cropped some of the Instagrammers' contextual captions and that their small follower counts disqualify them from being "influencers".
Out weekly, the five episodes of Chernobyl were on HBO's relatively new expansion territory of Mondays which was previous a dumping ground for toxic shows.
He tweeted on Wednesday: "It's wonderful that #ChernobylHBO has inspired a wave of tourism to the Zone of Exclusion".More news: ASUS confirms the ROG Phone 2 will include a 120Hz display
He also referenced having seen some questionable that photos tourists have posted.
Chernobyl creator and writer Craig Mazin is aware of the spike in tourism to the area, though he made a decision to take to Twitter to encourage everyone to please, you know, be respectful since a large number of people actually died there. It isn't safe to live there, but by signing up for a tour you can visit the area surrounding the power plant.
On this side of what used to be the Iron Curtain, obvious Emmy contender Chernobyl has been perched as the top of IMDB's all-time TV rankings with a 9.7 out of 10 in the last few days - which I get as I named the series the show you had to watch in my review of May 2. Companies like SOLO EAST offer tours starting at $91.
The company's website even features a still from HBO's "Chernobyl" that says, "As seen on HBO miniseries".More news: Ola Aina set to join Torino on permanent deal