Taiwanese Youtuber residing in the United States Josh Paler Lin and his Russian partner Leia Se will be deported from Bali, after walking around a store without a mask but wearing a fake mask painted on their faces.
Two influencers will be kicked out of Bali for a video in which a young woman walks with a fake anti-Covid mask painted in make-up in a store to see if the public gets caught. Authorities on the Indonesian tourist island have confiscated the passports of Taiwanese YouTuber residing in the United States Josh Paler Lin and his Russian partner Leia Se because of this joke that has gone viral on social networks.
“We are going to expel them,” Jamaruli Manihuruk, head of legal affairs for the Balinese administration, said on April 30. “We have to wait until flights are available to their respective countries, we hope that will be the case soon,” he said.
In general, foreigners on the island face a fine of one million rupees (57 euros) if they do not wear a mask, then deportation if they are caught a second time.
Numerous incidents involving foreigners in Bali
Josh Paler Lin, 32, regularly posts humorous videos, often using hidden cameras, to his approximately three million subscribers on YouTube. He deleted that last video and apologized. “I made this video to entertain people because I’m a content creator and it’s my job to entertain people,” he explained in an online post. “But I didn’t realize it would generate so many negative reactions,” he added.
This case adds to a growing list of incidents involving foreigners that have shocked the Balinese for their lack of respect for their culture.
Bali police also said they were looking for a Russian porn actress and her boyfriend for a daring video filmed on Mount Batur, yet volcanoes are considered sacred places on the predominantly Hindu island. But the couple may have left the island several months ago, police say.