Influencers ‘facing deportation’ after face mask prank in shop sparks outrage

A renowned YouTube prankster and another influencer have apologized after their face mask prank sparked outrage – even leading to their passports being seized.

Josh Paler Lin, who has more than 3 million YouTube subscribers and a further 300,000 Instagram followers, took part in a prank with Russian influencer Lisha in Indonesia earlier this month.

It involved the woman painting her face to look like she is wearing a face mask before walking around a supermarket.

Like many countries around the world, it is against the law to walk inside a building without wearing a face mask in Indonesia and the video quickly went viral for all the wrong reasons.

A spokesman from the regional officer for the Ministry of Law and Human Rights have since confirmed that the duo’s passports have been seized, reports Coconuts.co.

“After that they will be examined together with Immigration to take the decision on whether or not to deport them,” the spokesperson said.

And the head of Bali’s police force said the agency will issue a recommendation letter for immigration to deport the pair.

“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,” Dewa said.

Despite being deleted, the video has been picked up by plenty of social media users including fashion designer Niluh Djelantik.

Josh has since shared a video to Instagram with his counterpart apologising for their actions.

“We want to apologise for the video that we made,” Lisha said.

Josh added: “The intention to make this video was not at all to disrespect or to invite everyone to not wear masks.

“I made this video to entertain people because I am a content creator and it is my job to entertain people.

“However, I did not realise that what I did could actually bring a lot of negative comments from the netizen and that it raised a lot of concerns.

“Once again, we want to apologise for what we did and we promise to not do it again.”

Under Bali’s mandatory mask rule, foreign nationals are subject to a fine of IDR1 million ($68.76) if they are caught without masks for the first time, while a second violation may subject them to deportation from Indonesia.

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