Influencers sorry for fake mask video prank

A US-BASED YouTuber and a Russian influencer, who were ordered off Indonesia’s resort island of Bali after recording themselves defying mandatory mask-wearing with some imaginative make-up, have apologised.

Clips of the video created by Josh Paler Lin and Leia Se and posted two weeks ago showed the two duping supermarket guards with a painted surgical mask after they were refused entry as Se was unmasked.Lin is a Taiwanese passport holder whose YouTube channel specialises in prank videos and is followed by 3.4 million fans. Se has over 25,000 Instagram followers.

Although first-time violators of Bali’s mask-wearing rule face fines of one million rupiah (RM284) for foreigners and deportation after a second offence, the police wanted them off the island immediately.

The pair had shown remorse and apologised in an Instagram video.

“I made this video to entertain people because I’m a content creator. However, I did not realise that what I did could actually bring a lot of negative comments, ” Lin said, advising people to always wear masks and inviting everyone to help Bali regain its tourism. — AP

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