Insta Influencer slammed for painting face mask to enter Bali store
Two Instagram influencers are in hot water in a video that shows one painting a blue surgical mask on the other’s face to bypass Covid guidelines and enter a supermarket in Bali , Indonesia. Josh Paler Lin and Leia have now faced the possibility of eviction for the video, which they said was just a prank played purely for the entertainment of their subscribers, reports Newsweek.
Josh and Leia, who are Taiwanese and Russian respectively, faced immediate backlash when they first uploaded the video earlier this month. The video – which now appears to have been removed from their Instagram accounts but continues to be shared widely online – shows them trying to enter a supermarket in Bali. Leia, not wearing a face mask, was stopped by a security guard at the entrance and the two returned to their car, where Josh proceeded to paint a face mask on Leia’s face.
With blue makeup and white suspenders, the painted face mask looked real enough to fool the security guard when the duo returned to the supermarket.
Although the video was removed after Josh and Leia faced severe retaliation for potentially putting other buyers at risk, Niluh Djelantik, a Balinese designer and politician, reposted the video to call on influencers for their prank call.
Ms Djelantik’s critical message drew widespread attention to the video, reports The Smart Local. In her post, she called on the Immigration Branch to deport the two influencers and wrote: “Don’t let these people trample on Bali’s dignity.”
Josh Paler Lin and Leia Se briefly made their Instagram accounts private after the reaction. Josh posted a video on Friday in which he and Leia officially apologized for the coup alongside their lawyer.
Josh and Leia now face the possibility of eviction. According to Bali coconut, Indonesian Immigration confirmed that their passports were seized.
“They do not rape, but deliberately provoke in public, so it is fair to punish them more severely, not only with a fine but also with deportation,” said the head of Satpol PP Bali, the police force in the region. .
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