A viral tweet has been going around Twitter, showing 2 Czech tourists on vacation in Ubud, Bali.
The tweet featured a video of the 2 of them messing around with the holy water in a Balinese Hindu temple. Now, people do tend to get up to shenanigans when on vacation, but usually you’d be aware of cultural norms and behave yourself. These two didn’t seem to get the memo, however.
Watch it here:
We can see clearly that the man was instructed by the woman behind the camera to splash water on the woman’s butt. This is a very disrespectful and inappropriate way to act at a temple and actually, anywhere!
This, of course, attracted tons of backlash. They then posted an apology video.
In the apology video, they said that they were very sorry about the video which showed them dishonouring the temple and holy water. They also said that they had no idea that the water was holy water and the temple is a holy temple. Since when did temples have categories? Holy and unholy?! They ended the video by saying that they were truly sorry, and they didn’t mean it because they didn’t know about it.
A netizen said that they were only sorry that they got caught because he is from Czech, and he understood what they were saying in the video that went viral. He said that the lady behind the camera confirmed that the water was indeed holy water when she encouraged them to play around with it.
The man in the video, Zdenek Slouka, then deleted his Instagram account while the woman, Sabina Dolezavola, privatised her account.
On Sunday, they met with the Gianyar police, and they had a meeting with the officials from Padangtegal village.
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Turis Asing Diduga Melakukan Pelecehan di Tempat Suci Akhirnya Minta Maaf ============================================= Bertempat Kantor LPD Desa Adat Padangtegal, Kel/Kec. Ubud, Kab. Gianyar telah dilakukan pertemuan antara orang asing (OA) Keb. Checo an. IDENEK SLAVKA dan SABINA DOLEZALOVA yang diduga telah melakukan pelecehan terhadap tempat suci/Pura Beji di kawasan Obyek Wisata Monkey Forest Ubud dengan Prajuru Desa Adat Padang Tegal Ubud dan seluruh anggota Kerta Desa Padang Tegal. Minggu (11/8/19 ) pkl 23.00. wita Kejadian ini berawal dari viralnya di media sosial instagram (IG) yang diunggah oleh pemilik akun Sabina Dolezalova (@sabina_dolezalova_ifbb) dengan memperlihatkan video yang laki-laki mencipratkan air pancoran yang berada di Pura Beji Kawasan Monkey Forest Ubud kepantat pasangan prempuanya. Dalam pertemuan tersebut kedua orang asing (IDENEK SLAVKA dan SABINA DOLEZALOVA) yang diduga telah melakukan pelecehan tempat suci dikawasan Monkey Forest Ubud dihadapan seluruh Prajuru Adat Padangtegal telah menyampaikan permintaan maaf dan tidak ada maksud untuk melecehkan pura yang berada di Kawasan Monkey Forest Ubud tersebut karena dirinya tidak mengetahui/tidak tahu bahwa tempat tersebut merupakan tempat suci dan dirinya akan mengklarifikasi video yang sempat viral di medsos (IG) melalui perkataan permintaan maaf kepada Prajuru Adat Padangtegal dan seluruh masyarakat. Bendesa Adat Padangtegal I Made Gandra ST menyampaikan " dengan adanya permintaan maaf oleh kedua orang asing (IDENEK SLAVKA dan SABINA DOLEZALOVA) yang diduga telah melakukan pelecehan terhadap tempat suci dikawasan Monkey Forest Ubud tersebut dengan secara lansung kepada semua masyarakat Padang Tegal Ubud bahwa Prajuru Adat Padangtegal maupun warga Padangtegal menerima permintaan maaf dari kedua orang asing tersebut dan dari pihak Desa adat Padangtegal tidak akan mempermasalahkan dimana permaslahan sudah dianggap selesai " jelasnya " Pada tanggal 15 Agustus 2019 pkl 12.00 wita Desa Adat Padangtegal akan melaksanakan upacara Guru Piduka yang di hadiri oleh para juru serta masyarakat dan pihak OA tersebut " tambah Bendesa Adat Padang Tegal I Made Gandra ST. @infogianyar_ @punapibali
It seems that they got off easy with just deportation and a fine.
Niluh Djelantik, an Indonesian designer, reached out to them and they said that because they were atheists, they don’t know how to identify which places were holy or not.
Indonesian netizens are still not satisfied with their apology as they said that being an atheist doesn’t mean that you can disrespect other peoples’ beliefs. Also, Bali is well-known as the Island of Deities, so for sure it’s holy! “Not knowing” is not an excuse to disrespect other peoples’ religion. Well said!
So, what do you guys think of this mess? We believe that they may have gotten away too easily and the apology video didn’t even seem to show any remorse at all.
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