Aussies divided after bikini-clad tourists jump into rice paddies to help local farmers in Bali: ‘Disrespectful and careless’
Bikini-clad tourists seen ‘helping’ Balinese rice farmers Tourists help plant seeds in mud
Australians are divided after bikini-clad tourists were filmed jumping into rice paddies to help farmers with their crops in Bali.
The footage was uploaded to the Instagram page, Bali Living, and shows tourists helping with the farm work in ankle-deep mud.
Half a dozen women were seen planting seeds while posing for photos with locals, prompting social media users to question whether they were helping or getting in the way.
Bikini-clad tourists have been filmed helping farmers plant seeds by jumping into sandy rice fields, drawing mixed reactions online.
The footage shows both locals and tourists laughing and the farmers being happy and annoyed at the extra help.
The popular tourist destination has previously seen people fake farm jobs to try and get their five minutes of fame online.
Hence, pessimistic social media users expressed their displeasure with commuters for disrupting locals’ work.
One person wrote, ‘Creating content from disrespectfully disadvantaged people to help them.’
‘All for the village, disrespectful and careless,’ added another.
‘Reminds me of that viral bikini girl who got a response looking at a rice farmer with a thank you post. They haven’t learned their lesson now they make the same old content,’ commented a third.
‘Poor working people from developing countries are being treated like props for those rich influential tourists.’
The comment refers to a 2019 post by tourist Natalie Schlatter, who uploaded a photo of herself in a bikini overlooking a rice field in Canggu, comparing her life to a rice picker in Bali.
‘Thinking about how different my life is from the man I picked up in the paddy field every morning,’ the Instagrammer captioned the photo.
Looking into the deep distance, he saw a man hard at work picking rice in the background.
Half a dozen women are filmed planting seeds in between posing for photos with Balinese people, prompting people to question whether they are helping or getting in the way.
Many cited the case of Natalie Schlatter who uploaded a photo of herself in a bikini overlooking a rice field in Canggu and compared her life to picking rice in the sand.
‘This is the epitome of the social media generation,’ commented one, while another sarcastically wrote an alternative caption for the image: ‘Just wondering how I’m so popular and rich and this guy is a paddy farmer’.
However, other users said that the bikini-clad girls were helping the farmers and that the workers seemed happy they were there.
One wrote: ‘I don’t think they’re bothered, you can hear the laughter in the background too, the locals take pictures with them, not the foreigners’.
‘They’re not creating content, none of them are taking pictures,’ added another.
‘Any problem? At least they’re helping,’ commented a third.