Two influencers ordered in Bali after fake mask video joke
DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) – A United States-based YouTuber and Russian influencer were ordered to leave the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Friday after checking in by challenging the mandatory mask wearing with imaginative makeup.
Excerpts from the video created by Josh Paler Lin and Leia Se and posted two weeks ago show the two supermarket guards with a painted surgical mask after being refused entry because Se was unmasked.
“Did you notice that no one was actually looking at you? Lin exclaimed. “I can’t believe it worked!” he said in the video which appears to have been removed from his social media accounts, but has since been reposted elsewhere.
Lin is a Taiwanese passport holder whose YouTube channel specializes in prank videos and is followed by 3.4 million fans. Has over 25,000 Instagram followers.
Although first time violators of Bali’s mask-wearing rule face fines of 1 million rupees ($ 70) for foreigners and deportation after second offense, police wanted them to be immediately deported from the island.
“It is right to punish them more severely, not only with a fine but also with deportation,” Bali Civil Service Police Unit Chief Dewa Nyoman Rai Dharmadi said. “Not only do they rape, but they deliberately incite in public to defy health guidelines.”
The couple had shown remorse and apologized via Lin’s Instagram video.
“I made this video to entertain people because I’m a content creator and it’s my job to entertain people,” Lin said, “However, I didn’t know what I did could actually bring a lot of negative comments, ”he said. , advising people to always wear masks and urging everyone to help Bali regain its tourism.
Jamaruli Manihuruk, who heads the Bali regional office for the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, said Lin and Se should be deported as soon as possible after being tested for COVID-19.
“Foreigners who do not abide by laws and regulations in Indonesia face deportation penalties,” Manihuruk said. He said that Lin and Se would be placed in a holding cell at the immigration office while waiting for their flight.
In January, authorities in Bali kicked out Sergei Kosenko, a Russian social media celebrity, after posting a video of himself riding a motorcycle with a female passenger in the back of a jetty in the sea. condemned by many Indonesians as reckless and potentially dangerous for the environment.
Associated Press writer Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia, contributed to the report.