Instagram's "Chernobyl" geotag shows users posing in front of the city's abandoned theme park, dressing up in hazmats suits, and pulling questionable stretches in the exclusion zone.
In a tweet Tuesday, Mazin said that while it's great the HBO show on the subject has inspired people to go to the site in the Ukraine, "If you visit, please remember that a bad tragedy occurred there".
"But yes, I've seen the photos going around". The town of Pripyat was evacuated on April 27th 1986 and remains virtually uninhabited to this day. It isn't safe to live there, but by signing up for a tour you can visit the area surrounding the power plant.
Experts are at odds as to how many people died in the wake of the meltdown, with the Chernobyl Forum in 2005 linking just 50 deaths following exposure to radiation, while also estimating that up to 9,000 people could eventually die. The image has garnered comments calling the user, who has 3,922 followers, "repulsive", "disrespectful" and "disgusting".
Around 5000 cases of thyroid cancer, most of which were treated and cured, were caused by the contamination.
The Chernobyl site opened to tourists in 2011 but there are still some heavily contaminated areas that are off limits.
The site, near the city of Pripyat in northern Ukraine, has become an Instagrammers hot spot to capture the ideal "influencer" photo in a desperate bid for "likes" since the popular series' release.
Julia Baessler, who has around 320,000 followers on Instagram, told Business Insider she visited Chernobyl in May, in addition to parts of the so-called exclusion zone around it. Along these same lines, there's been growing criticism against these photos spreading online, with at least one prominent Instagrammer deleting selfies she took at the site of the disaster.