Local YouTuber Bryan Wee’s dressing usually leaves little to the imagination. But his skin is apparently thick enough to withstand scathing comments and disapproval from various parties. This time is no exception.
On 18th February (Friday), YouTubers Bryan Wee and Deacon Chai (迪肯) got arrested. The duo were charged with cross-dressing and posing for lewd photos in front of Laman Mahkota. Surprisingly, both YouTubers weren’t remorseful and Bryan even promised he’d be back.
Bryan had apparently posted photos of their outing on his Facebook, which quickly garnered attention. Many felt their lewd poses with skimpy clothes done in front of the palace was an insult to the Johor royal family. Although the post was taken down later, several netizens had apparently reported the matter to the police.
True to form, the duo were arrested a day later. In addition to the initial charges, the two YouTubers were also detained because they tested positive for ketamine. Police have stated they are investigating the case under Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code, Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and Section 15 (1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
Most have been disgusted with their actions and are upset with the YouTubers. But, Chinese newscaster Tan Chia Yong (陈嘉荣) from 8TV news apparently got a kick out of it. Netizens spotted the newscaster struggling to conceal a smile when reporting the issue. His wasn’t the only odd reaction.
Deacon and Bryan were brought to court on 19th February (Saturday) to extend their detention. Unlike what most were expecting, both Bryan and Deacon seemed unaffected by the issue. Deacon only waved to someone he knew when he got there, but endured the walk to the courtroom quietly. Bryan however, seemed to enjoy the attention. He blew kisses, showed a heart and even tugged his sleeve down in an attempt to be alluring. “I love you, wait for me to come back,” he reportedly said to those present.
While Bryan thrived on the coverage, someone else didn’t. Influencer and lawyer Kiang Jau Sang (江昭上) is known for his wacky acts with Bryan, like their stint in Genting. However, it seems Bryan’s latest stunt has urged Kiang Jau Sang to vanish from social media. The self-proclaim “Malaysian Wang Leehom” (大马王力宏) is unable to be contacted via Facebook and Instagram as he has apparently closed his accounts. Some netizens think he’s hoping to avoid the backlash from Bryan’s arrest.
If convicted, the two YouTubers may be facing a minimum of two years in prison or a fine or both. However, their verdict will only be released once the case has been thoroughly investigated. Bryan and Deacon are scheduled to do an apology press conference later today (21st February) at a restaurant in Damansara Perdana.
We’re not entirely sure if Bryan has learned from this issue, but we hope so! After all, having fun and creating content is fine, but there will always be lines that should not be crossed.
Update (Tuesday, 22nd February 2022, 12pm):
Bryan and Deacon apologised for their actions during a press conference held yesterday (21st February). The duo explained that they had viewed it as harmless fun, but understand that it was actually a serious mistake. “We definitely had no intention of offending or bringing a bad influence to society,” they stated. The two content creators also explained they will be temporarily taking a break from social media to reflect on their actions.