Instagram influencers Leia Se and Josh Paler Lin are being strongly criticised for their irresponsible behaviour in Bali, Indonesia. The duo painted on a facemask to con the staff of a store that was following COVID-19 guidelines.
The duo are now facing the possibility of deportation for the video, which they say was a prank played out only for the entertainment of their followers.
Josh and Leia, who are Taiwanese and Russian nationals respectively, are receiving heavy backlash for posting such a video online. In the clip, Leia, not wearing a face mask, was stopped by a security guard at the entrance. The two returned to their car, where Josh painted a face mask on Leia’s face.
With blue paint on her face, it seemed like she was wearing a face mask. With that, she was able to trick the security into entering the supermarket. The video was soon taken down by the influencers. They briefly switched their Instagram accounts to private before posting an apology video through Josh’s account.
The Indonesian immigration has confirmed that their passports have been seized. “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.