Two influencers in Bali recorded themselves going to new extremes in order to avoid complying with COVID-19 mask guidelines—all under the pretense of creating entertaining content for their followers.
Now, however, they’re facing the harsh consequences of their actions, including the possibility of deportation.
Josh Paler Lin and Leia Se are the two influencers behind the video, which appears to have been taken down from their social media accounts but has since been reposted elsewhere.
Clips of the video show the pair attempting to enter a Bali supermarket, where they are refused entrance because Se is not wearing a mask.
In order to evade the policy, they return to their car, where Lin uses makeup to paint the appearance of a blue surgical mask onto Se’s face.
The end product does look somewhat like a real mask, complete with white trim and straps, so long as Se doesn’t open her mouth.
The video, which appears to have been first posted earlier this month, sparked immediate backlash. According to Coconuts Bali, Lin and Se, who are Taiwanese and Russian nationals respectively, now face the possibility of deportation from Bali.
Their passports have reportedly been seized by authorities already.
In Bali, foreign nationals who are caught defying mask regulations face a fine of IDR1 million, or US $68.76. After a second violation, the foreign national may be deported.
However, this case presents a unique situation, in that Lin and Se were not merely caught without masks: they posted the incident on social media to entertain their massive following.
Two Instagram influencers painted masks instead of wearing them in Bali and visited public spaces.— News18.com (@news18dotcom) April 27, 2021
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Lin’s Instagram account, for example, currently has over 300,000 followers, and he has over 3 million subscribers to his YouTube channel.
“They are not only violating, but deliberately provoking in public, so it’s only proper to sanction them more severely, not just with a fine but also deportation,” said the head of Satpol PP Bali, the area’s police force, reported Coconuts Bali.