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Influencer paints mask on face to enter Bali store in viral video

  • Josh Paler Lin, a US-based Taiwanese man, painted a blue mask on the face of Russian national Leia Se in their car after she was initially denied entry into a supermarket.
    The clip sparked outrage online, with Bali Police Chief threatening deportation. Josh Paler Lin, a US-based Taiwanese man, painted a blue mask on the face of Russian national Leia Se in their car after she was initially denied entry into a supermarket.
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Social influencers Josh Paler Lin and Leia Se were slammed over a stunt in Bali.
The clip sparked outrage online, with Bali Police Chief threatening deportation.
The duo's passports have been seized and they later released an apology video.

Two social media influencers have been forced to apologize after being slammed by authorities over a face mask prank in Bali that has left them facing deportation.

Josh Paler Lin, a US-based Taiwanese man, painted a blue mask on the face of Russian national Leia Se in their car after she was initially denied entry into a supermarket.

The pair then returned to the store, where they both gained entry, before later posting a video of the stunt on their Instagram pages.

'Did you notice like no one's actually looking at you?' Lin says in the video.

'Exactly, because it looks real,' the woman replied.

'No one noticed! Even the security. I can't believe this works,' Lin continued to boast.

The influencers have since deleted the footage from their social media accounts -  but not before it went viral - sparking outrage from locals over their blatant disregard for health rules, which require face masks be worn in public in Indonesia.   

The clip prompted Bali police chief Dewa Nyoman Rai Dharmadi to threaten to have them deported, while local politician Niluh Djelantik said they have 'no empathy' for 'making Covid-19 a joke'.

'People are desperately fighting their way out of the pandemic storm,' she said.  

After a video of their act went viral on social media, Josh Paler Lin and Leia Se said that it was a prank that both played so as to entertain their fans and followers, Newsweek reports. The video was posted on Instagram by Josh and Leia earlier in April but was taken down following severe backlash.

However, screenshots and clips from the video are now doing the rounds of the internet and have gone viral. As seen in the clip, Josh was seen wearing a mask while Leia’s mouth was painted with blue make-up both entered the supermarket and walked around.

One of the customers at the market, in fact, also asked Leia whether she was indeed wearing a real mask. Both were allowed inside the store since Leia’s paint mask at first glance appeared seemingly real.