Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 23 September 2019

Backlash as influencer couple post video splashing themselves with holy water in Bali

The couple have now deleted the video and apologised

Czech nationals Sabina Dolezalova, second left, and her boyfriend Zdenek Slouka, right, at the Beji Temple, located inside a monkey sanctuary in Ubud. AFP
Czech nationals Sabina Dolezalova, second left, and her boyfriend Zdenek Slouka, right, at the Beji Temple, located inside a monkey sanctuary in Ubud. AFP

An Instagram influencer couple who posted a video online of them splashing each other with holy water at a temple in Bali have come under fire from their followers.

In the now deleted clip, Sabina Dolezalova and Zdenek Slouka were seen visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, where they took water from a fountain and splashed it under each other’s clothing.

The couple, who hail from the Czech Republic, have more than 80,000 followers, many of which quickly called them out and labelled their behavior disrespectful.

The now-deleted video shows the couple splashing eachother with holy water. Instagram
The now-deleted video shows the couple splashing each other with holy water. Instagram

The video was later shared to Instagram by Balinese politician Arya Wedakarna, attracting hundreds of angry comments.

Dolezalova and Slouka have since issued an apology, saying that they did not realise the water in the temple was holy.

It is not the first time Instagram influencers have come under fire in recent months. Belgian couple Camille and Jean received criticism online after posting an “incredibly dangerous” photo showing them kissing as they dangled from the side of a moving train in Sri Lanka. While American influencer couple Kelly Castille and Kody Workman pulled a similar stunt from the side of an infinity pool in Bali, receiving backlash from followers.

Updated: August 15, 2019 05:47 PM

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