Tourists behaving badly in Bali is sadly nothing new. Yet, sometimes stories arise where tourists’ behavior is not only disrespectful or a bit out of line, but outrageous and simply bizarre. In another instance of wild inappropriate behavior by a bule in Bali, a video of two tourists enacting an…intimate…act at a cafe has gone viral.
Naturally, the video has triggered a serious backlash, and there are calls for immigration and the police to get involved after the couple in question have not issued a public apology, but blessings of love and light that have served to only irritate local people even more.
The video was shared by Elina with the account name @lali_ra_. After receiving vitriol online, the Instagram account now appeared to have been deleted, or at the very least deactivated. The video may have disappeared from the original source, but social justice advocate and Balinese entrepreneur Niluh Djelantik has shared screen recordings of the whole saga. The Bali Sun has refrained from posting this video due to its content.
In the first video caption, “POV: Goddess worshiping with my spiritual f*ckboy”, Elina’s leg is resting on the cafe table, and her foot is being ravaged by her lover, known online as @cosmiclovetiger, or Shikari. The video is taken in broad daylight, and fellow diners in the cafe glance over with looks of both confusion, contempt, and embarrassment.
Niluh Djelantik accompanied the screen recording of the original video is the caption, “Bali doesn’t need garbage tourists”. She tagged Indonesia’s Minster for Tourism and Creative Economies, who has been vocal about his intention to encourage ‘high quality’ tourists to the Island of the Gods.
Djelantik continues, “Mr. Minister, are you sure you give a second home visa to this one??? Sure the visas they have now can be used to work ???? Everyday I received this kind of report by my beloved. Every day I get complaints about the tourist behavior of this country, it’s as if it had its ancestors @lali_ra_ @cosmiclovetiger WTF are you doing on a public place? Don’t you have any respect to others???? Your behavior is really giving Bali a bad name. We don’t need trashy tourist like you. @ditjen_imigrasi @imngurahrai please check the work permits of these two people.”.
Djelantik has suggested that both tourists conduct activities in Bali that could go against their visa terms, Suggesting that they have been running workshops, retreats, or classes while residing in Bali on visitor visas. To add insult to injury, or perhaps fuel to the fire, before deactivating her Instagram account, Elina posted two stories offering not an apology for their public indiscretions but rather offerings of love and light against the pain and hurt that is being projected onto her by online trolls.
In a video posted two days ago, Elina said, “Good morning dear ones, I am sending love to all those people who are sending hate messages to me. I really love you, I really understand that you are scared…and I love and accept you. Om Shanti Shanti…peace”.
This time Djelantik called on immigration to investigate the visa status of both tourists, citing that they both made an ‘immoral scene in public’. Djelantik shared her righteous angst that Elina suggested those online who were upset by her behavior were cowardly or scared rather than apologizing.
They say three times a charm, and Elina didn’t stop with just one blessing of love and understanding but took to social media again from her villa to offer her healing skills to those triggered by the original video. In the third post, she said, “I still love you, whatever you do, whatever you say, I still love you because if I love myself, I love other people no matter people whatever they do”.
She continues to promote her own service as a psychotherapist “only deeply traumatized people can do negative comments, and I am a psychotherapist, I am a life coach, and I can help these people to get through the traumas, to get through the fears”.
Once again, Djelantik and her online community, including other high-profile social media influencers in Bali, are calling on immigration to investigate Bali’s legitimacy in Indonesia and ensure that no one is working illegally in Bali and that disrespectful, debauched behavior does not become commonplace on the Island of the Gods.
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