Woman blasted over 'ignorant' act on Bali beach

Brooke Rolfe
News Reporter

A woman has attracted widespread criticism over her “insensitive” behaviour while holidaying in Bali.

The individual, clad in a swimsuit, was filmed by a disgraced onlooker as she performed a workout routine on a beachside platform, metres from where locals were preparing for a religious ceremony.

She seemed to be getting filmed by another bikini-clad woman at the time, who was shown walking around her as she executed several squatting movements.

The blonde woman was filmed squatting just metres from a religious ceremony. Source: Instagram/thecanggupole

The behaviour was condemned in comments on the video, shared to Instagram by The Canggu Pole, a community account based in the Balinese beachside locale of Canggu.

“Ignorance and bad manners,” one person wrote in a comment.

The criticism seemed to be referencing the position of the women in swimsuits next to what appeared to be a Canang sari – a form of offering from Balinese Hindus to thank the Gods in praise and prayer.

One social media user accused the bikini-clad group of “only caring about themselves” and another said their behaviour was “cringe”.

“Is it that hard to respect a culture that’s open to everyone, seriously? Come on f*** those squats,” another wrote.

Somebody else said they were “getting sick of this kind of bule”, a word for foreigners and/or non-Indonesian nationals.

Some expressed sympathy for a dog who was shown laying close to the squatting woman.

A group of Balinese people appeared to be making their daily Canang sari offering. Source: Instagram/thecanggupole

“That poor doggie,” one wrote, while another questioned: “Is she doing squats on the dog’s head?”.

A woman hit back at one of the people who made a rude comment about the dog.

“This is not about the dog. Don’t you understand what this video’s about? It’s showing how disrespectful these tourist girls are with their a** in front of the local women who are preparing things for ceremony with their own traditional outfit,” she wrote.

It’s not the first time tourists in Bali have been criticised for their behaviour.

Last October a photo of a woman wearing a G-string bikini in a Bali shop sparked debate after it was shared online.

Some people argued the bikini was offensive to the Balinese people.

It came just months after Bali Governor Wayan Koster issued a stern warning to tourists when a woman was filmed bending over in a temple in Ubud while a man splashed water from a shrine on her buttocks.

“In the future, if there are tourists behaving like that we should just send them home, they are being disorderly coming to Bali. We will give them this warning,” the Governor said, according to Antara News.

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