Fake mask influencers are CAUGHT in Bali: YouTubers who have painted a mask on their face for a video stunt after being denied entry to the supermarket are deported as soon as possible.
- Josh Paler Lin and Leia Se staged the stunt after being refused entry
- The YouTuber and Influencer were filmed and said, “I can’t believe it worked!” after fooling guards and entering the market with Se wearing a painted face mask
- The couple were held in custody at an immigration center until they were deported
- Police said it was “only right” to deport the couple for violating Indonesian law
Two influencers were detained today at an Indonesian immigration center awaiting deportation from Bali after discovering they opposed the mandatory wearing of masks by painting face coverings on themselves.
The US-based YouTuber Josh Paler Lin and the Russian influencer Leia Se had their passports confiscated on Friday after they had filmed themselves painting a blue surgical mask on Se and entered a supermarket with it.
They put the makeup on after store security initially turned the maskless Russian away, but somehow managed to come into contact with the fake version.
Lin, a Taiwanese passport holder whose YouTube channel specializes in prank videos, and Se, who has over 25,000 Instagram followers, sparked outrage over the Bali virus and death stunt.
Police said it was “only right” to deport the couple for violating Indonesia’s Covid-19 laws.
YouTuber Josh Paler Lin and Russian influencer Leia Se (center) were locked up in an immigration center waiting for deportation from Bali after using imaginative make-up to resist the compulsory wearing of masks
The US-based YouTuber (back) and Russian influencer (front) were ordered outside Indonesia’s vacation island on Friday after posting a video cheating on supermarket guards with a painted surgical mask
In the video, Lin expresses surprise that few people seem to notice Se’s false mask.
“Did you notice that nobody is really looking at you?” Exclaimed Lin. “I can’t believe it worked!” he said in the video posted two weeks ago.
It has since been removed from his social media accounts but republished elsewhere.
Although first-time violations of Bali’s mask rule result in fines of 1 million rupiah (US $ 70) for foreigners and deportation after a second offense, police wanted them removed from the island immediately.
“It is only appropriate to sanction them more severely, not only with a fine but also with deportation,” said Dewa Nyoman Rai Dharmadi, head of the Bali Civil Service Police Unit.
“They not only violate, but deliberately provoke the public to defy health guidelines.”
The couple had shown remorse and apologized through 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.
“Little did I know, however, that what I was doing could actually generate a lot of negative comments,” he said, advising people to always wear masks and encouraging tourists to return to Bali.
The viral video of Leia Se (left) and Josh Paler Lin (right) has since been removed from his social media accounts but republished elsewhere
Leia Se (left) and Josh Paler Lin (right) had their passports confiscated on Friday and were waiting for deportation from Indonesia via the prank
The social media influencers (front left and front right) later posted a video that appears next to their legal team (picture) to apologize for the prank
Lin is a Taiwanese passport holder whose YouTube channel specializes in prank videos and is followed by 3.4 million fans. Se (pictured) has over 25,000 Instagram followers
Jamaruli Manihuruk, head of the Bali Regional Justice and Human Rights Office, said Lin and Se should be deported as soon as possible after being tested for COVID-19.
“Foreigners who do not comply with the laws and regulations in Indonesia face deportation sanctions,” said Manihuruk.
He said Lin and Se will be held in an immigration detention cell while they await their flight.
In January, Bali authorities deported Russian social media celebrity Sergei Kosenko after he posted a video of him riding a motorcycle from a pier into the sea with a passenger on his back.
The stunt was condemned by many Indonesians as reckless and potentially environmentally hazardous.
Indonesia was the hardest hit Southeast Asian country with 1.6 million cases of Covid and nearly 45,000 coronavirus-related deaths.
Leia Se expressed remorse over the prank in an apology video filmed with lawyers and posted online
Se and Lin (pictured) said they were sorry for the prank and that they “didn’t realize that what I’ve done can actually generate a lot of negative comments”.