(CNN) – Two YouTubers face deportation in Bali after creating a naughty video showing them violating local laws on wearing a mask.
The local government is said to have confiscated the passports of Josh Baler Lin and Leah Se, and as a result of the video they are forced to flee Indonesia.
In the clip, she tries to enter the grocery store, but is rejected for not wearing a mask. Lynn can then draw a fake mask on her face and walk into the store.
The video, which was released on April 22, went viral. Lin has 3.4 million subscribers on YouTube.
Indonesia is strictly enforcing its mask orders. Police can fine the first offense and deport the second foreigner.
Although this was Lynn and Save’s first known crime, the buzz around the video attracted so much attention that local authorities confiscated their passports. Lin is said to be from Taiwan, but she lives in the United States, while Che (who goes by the name Lisha Online) is a Russian national, according to the police report.
A spokesman for the regional office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights’ regional office in Pali I New Sun Dharma assured local media that “they will be examined together as soon as the immigrants decide to deport them.”
Lynn has already removed the video from her YouTube channel. On April 24, he uploaded a video on his Instagram where he, Che and his lawyer apologize for the disappointment. Video subtitles in English and Indonesian.
“The purpose of making this video is not to insult him or invite everyone not to wear a mask,” says Lynn. “I make this video to make people happy because I’m a content creator and my job is to make people happy.” Later, he adds: “We promise never to do this again.”
In this video they are both wearing masks.
Meanwhile, some police officers seem to have taken a more constructive approach in punishing violators: one Australian news channel reported that two tourists were ordered to do push-ups as punishment for removing their masks.
Authorities confirmed to the channel that they paid 8,864 fines or violations for failing to comply with the use of poly masks in a single week. The island is very popular with foreign tourists, and many have chosen to spend the epidemic there rather than return to their home countries.
Indonesia has 1,651,794 cases of virus detection and 45,000 deaths. Polly, which relies heavily on tourism, had hoped to begin allowing foreign visitors by September 2020, but the current viral situation has left the island without a plan to reopen.