Two influencers have drawn flak online for a prank video they did in Bali.
One of them painted on a face mask while visiting a local supermarket for their content on YouTube channel.
As we know, being maskless in public is in violation of the province’s mandatory mask rule.
The Taiwan-born influencer, who identify as JPL uploaded a video on Facebook last Friday, in which he and another influencer called L are visiting a local grocery store.
After security told them that L was not allowed to enter without a mask, the two returned to their car and painted a mask on L’s face instead.
They then returned to the supermarket — JPL using a proper physical mask — and filmed themselves as they walked around the store.
“Did you notice like no one’s actually looking at you?” JPL asked.
“Exactly, because it looks real,” L answered.
“No one noticed! Even the security. I can’t believe this works,” JPL said, to which L responded with a laugh.
The original post itself appears to have been deleted from JPL’s Facebook page, while his and L’s Instagram accounts have been set to private at the time of writing.
JPL has over 321,000 followers on Instagram and 3.4 million subscribers on YouTube, while L – who appears on many of JPL’s recent videos – has about 19,000 followers on Instagram.
JPL’s mask prank video has made it onto Balinese designer and politician Niluh Djelantik’s radar, who called on immigration authorities to arrest and deport the influencers, who both appear to be foreign nationals.
“These two people don’t have empathy. They are using COVID-19 as a joke. I am asking with respect for @ditjen_imigrasi and @imngurahrai to strictly act upon these two people. Don’t let them step on Bali’s dignity,” Niluh wrote on one of her several posts on the matter, tagging the official accounts of Indonesia’s Directorate General of Immigration and their Ngurah Rai regional office.
Others have taken to express their outrage in the comments, with mounting calls for authorities to kick them out of the country.