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Leia Se attempted to convince fellow shoppers that she was wearing a real mask
Two influencers have had their passports seized after attempting a tasteless Covid-inspired prank.
Josh Paler Lin filmed Instagram star Leia Se as she wandered the aisles of a supermarket on the island of Bali without a mask on.
The twist? She had painted her face to make it look as though she was sporting a disposable blue face covering in a bid to fool onlookers.
The video has since been deleted, but viewers immediately lashed out at the pair for the irresponsible act, branding them both “morons.”
Indonesian immigration confirmed that Lin and Se are now facing possible deportation.
Lin is a Taiwanese national, while Se is from Russia.
Responding to the incident, a spokesperson from Bali’s regional office for Ministry of Law and Human Rights, said Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers would begin questioning the influencers.
“After that they will be examined together with Immigration to take the decision on whether or not to deport them,” I Putu Surya Dharma told Coconuts Bali.
According to Bali’s mandatory mask rule, foreign nationals are subject to a fine of IDR1 million (US$68.76) if they are caught without wearing masks. A second violation can result in deportation.
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The two influencers released an apology video after the consequences of their actions began to become painfully clear.
Appearing alongside their legal team in the clip, they insisted the had not intended to disrespect the country’s rules surrounding masks but had merely meant to “entertain”.
Lin told viewers: “I did not realise that what I did could… raise a lot of concerns.
“Once again we want to apologise for what we did and we promise not to do it again.”
He continued by encouraging individuals in Indonesia and Bali to “always wear a mask for our own safety and health [and] so we can help Bali to gain its tourism again.”