Fake mask influencers are JAILED in Bali: YouTubers who painted a mask on their faces for video stunt after being refused entry to supermarket will be deported as ‘soon as possible’
- Josh Paler Lin and Leia Se staged the stunt after being refused entry to a market
- The YouTuber and influencer were filmed saying ‘I can’t believed it worked!’ after they fooled guards and got into the market with Se wearing a painted face mask
- The pair were remanded in an immigration centre pending their deportation
- Police said it was ‘only proper’ to deport the pair for breaking Indonesian laws
Two influencers were today jailed in an Indonesian immigration centre awaiting deportation from Bali after they recorded themselves defying mandatory mask-wearing by painting face coverings on themselves.
The US-based YouTuber Josh Paler Lin and Russian influencer Leia Se had their passports seized on Friday after they filmed themselves painting a blue surgical mask on Se and entering a supermarket with it.
They applied the make-up after store security initially turned away the maskless Russian but somehow managed to get in with the fake version.
Lin, a Taiwanese passport holder whose YouTube channel specialises in prank videos, and Se, who has over 25,000 Instagram followers, sparked outrage with the stunt with virus cases and deaths climbing in Bali.
Police said it was ‘only proper’ to deport the pair for breaking Indonesia’s Covid-19 laws.
YouTuber Josh Paler Lin and Russian influencer Leia Se (centre) were jailed in an immigration centre awaiting deportation from Bali after they recorded themselves defying mandatory mask-wearing with some imaginative makeup
The US-based YouTuber (back) and Russian influencer (front) were ordered off Indonesia’s resort island on Friday after they posted a video showing themselves duping supermarket guards with a painted surgical mask
In the video, Lin expresses surprise that few people seem to notice Se’s fake mask.
‘Did you notice like no one’s actually looking at you?’ Lin exclaimed. ‘I can’t believe it worked!’ he said in the video posted two weeks ago.
It has since been taken down from his social media accounts but has been reposted elsewhere.
Although first-time violators of Bali’s mask-wearing rule face fines of 1 million rupiah ($70) for foreigners and deportation after a second offence, the police wanted them removed off the island immediately.
‘It’s only proper to sanction them more severely, not just with a fine but also deportation,’ said Bali’s civil service police unit head Dewa Nyoman Rai Dharmadi.
‘They are not only violating, but deliberately provoking in public to defy health guidelines.’
The pair had shown remorse and apologised 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.
‘However, I did not realise that what I did could actually bring 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 taken down from his social media accounts but has been reposted elsewhere
Leia Se (left) and Josh Paler Lin (right) had their passports seized on Friday awaiting deportation from Indonesia over the prank
The social media influencers (front left and front right) later posted a video, appearing alongside their legal team (pictured), to apologise for the prank
Lin is a Taiwanese passport holder whose YouTube channel specialises in prank videos and is followed by 3.4 million fans. Se (pictured) has over 25,000 Instagram followers
Jamaruli Manihuruk, who heads the Bali regional office for the Justice and Human Rights Ministry, said that Lin and Se to be deported as soon as possible after they are tested for COVID-19.
‘Foreigners who don’t respect the laws and regulations in Indonesia are facing deportation sanctions,’ Manihuruk said.
He said Lin and Se will be placed in a detention cell at the immigration office while waiting for their flight.
In January, authorities in Bali deported Sergei Kosenko, a Russian social media celebrity, after he posted a video of himself driving a motorcycle with a female passenger on the back off a pier into the sea.
The stunt was condemned by many Indonesians as reckless and a potentially hazardous to the environment.
Indonesia has been the hardest hit south-east Asian country, with 1.6 million cases of Covid and almost 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 ‘did not realise that what I did could actually bring a lot of negative comments’