The flourishing island of Bali is one of the well-known places to visit in Southeast, Asia, Indonesia. Indonesia has around 17,000 islands and Bali becomes one of them. If Bali is in your travel list you must be aware of it’s sparkly nightlife, cute cafes, appetizing meals and abundant wellness centers. With Bali being one of the most attractive destinations tourists should adhere to the government’s rules and regulations during the ongoing pandemic.
Youtube Josh Paler Lin, and Russian influencer, Leia Se, got involved in a complicated situation with the local authorities. This was for not adhering with the pandemic rules.
What they did was, they painted a blue surgical mask on Leia Se’s face prior to entering a supermarket. The footage faced a lot of negativity and the pranksters were asked to deport.
Youtuber Paler Lin and influencer Leia Se were not allowed into a supermarket in Bali, Indonesia for not wearing a mask, so they painted one.
Influencers in Bali are about to lose two of it’s pranksters. Bali’s authorities instructed Taiwanese Youtuber Josh Paler and Russian influencer Leia Se to leave the island. Josh is a professional in doing prank videos and has over 3.4M subscribers. This time he decided to film painting a surgical mask on Leia and entering a supermarket with her. Josh was joyful after no one could identify Leia without any mask.
Being famous for pranks Josh has over 3.4M subscribers in his Youtube channel and saw the situation of having to wear a mask as a chance of opportunity to pull out a prank
Even though earlier footage made by Josh were removed, several videos resurfaced on Youtube and Twitter. The footage showed Josh saying “Did you notice, like no one’s actually looking at you?” and “I can’t believe it worked!” Also Leia was casually moving around the supermarket picking up groceries, chuckling now and then for getting away with it. According to the video certain shoppers were confused by Leia’s fake surgical mask and even caught the cashier’s attention.
Whoever that fails to comply with the COVID-19 health and safety regulations for the first time are subjected to a fine of 1 million rupiah (approx 70 USD)
The pranksters were able to get past the security that was checking temperature of customers entering the supermarket
Violators who go against the mask wearing rule for the first time have to pay a fine of 1 million rupiah (approx 70 USD). They will face deportation if the violator keeps disobeying the rule. However the local police decided that they should immediately deport the two tourists. The head of the civil service unit of Bali said “It’s only proper to sanction them more severely, not just with a fine but also deportation. They are not only violating, but deliberately provoking in public to defy health guidelines.”
The videos featuring the couple violating the mask wearing rule online at the supermarket was taken down, but was reuploaded by certain channels.
Several tourists and locals noted that something wasn’t right with Leiu’s blue surgical mask
Josh released an apology video saying “I made this video to entertain people because I’m a content creator and it’s my job to entertain people. However, I did not realize that what I did could actually bring a lot of negative comments,” and advised everyone to keep their masks on. He also requested people to help Bali recover it’s tourism. Jamaruli Manihuruk from the Justice and Human Rights Ministry promised to deport the pranksters after they tested are COVID-19. He added that “Foreigners who don’t respect the laws and regulations in Indonesia are facing deportation sanctions.” “The pair will remain at a detention cell while they wait for their flight,” said Jamaruli Manihuruk.
The couple were walking around the supermarket excited at the fact how they could get away without being caught.
Leia tried not to move her lips and pretend everything as normal when the cashier questioned her about the ‘fake mask’
Police authorities of Bali got hold of the pranksters and ordered them to deport and release a video explaining themselves plus asking people to act with responsibility
While Bali and Indonesians warmly welcome tourists, local authorities sometimes find it hard dealing with visitors. This is due to tourists and influencers lacking to respect the local culture and lifestyle. In January, another influencer was deported as he drove a motorcycle with a female passenger into the sea off a pier. The local community got angered by the dangerous and environment-polluting stunt. The local residents weren’t the only ones displeased by Josh and Leia’s prank.