Indonesia may be on the cusp of another explosive sex scandal, this one allegedly involving some of the country’s most renowned male celebrities and athletes being filmed pleasuring themselves.
Footage from the alleged masturbation videos have been spreading on social media since yesterday, particularly on Twitter, which has relatively relaxed censorship policies on pornography. Netizens and even several local media outlets have already identified some of the celebs and athletes allegedly in the videos, despite a lack of any kind of official confirmation (not to mention the possibility that the videos are fakes or even deep fakes), while police have only confirmed that they are looking into them.
One of the dozen or so men alleged to be among those in the videos is a professional badminton player who has represented the country in international competition. However, a representative of the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) said the organization did not believe the video was real.
“Especially these days. What’s wrong can be right and what’s right can be wrong. I’m choosing to be positive in this case… it can be faked after all,” Indonesian badminton legend and PBSI player development official Susy Susanti told Detik yesterday.
Susy added that she hopes the controversy won’t distract Indonesia’s badminton team from vying for glory at the 2019 Badminton Asia Championships on April 23-28.
Creating and spreading pornography is a serious crime in Indonesia, though the law has been criticized for being ambiguous in terms of defining the victims and perpetrators. Perhaps the biggest sex scandal the country has ever seen was that of Noah frontman Nazril Irham (better known as Ariel), who was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for appearing in sex tapes with actresses Luna Maya and Cut Tari (even through there was no evidence that he was the one who spread the videos online).