If you’re trying to go viral on social media, posting something ridiculous might just be the ticket for that 15 minutes of fame. But you might want to be careful with what you post because it could just land you in trouble.
That’s what happened to local female TikToker, Zuraidah Nasir, who posted a video of her making fart noises with a Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM) ship’s microphone. The video was taken during the TLDM Armada Open Day, where the public could enter and tour a TLDM ship.
In the now-deleted video, Zuraidah, also known as Eyda, was seen acting out various scenes while touring the ship, including toying around with the ship’s assets. While it was all acting for the sake of “comedy”, her viral video has gotten her in hot waters. A Facebook page called “Malaysia Military Power” slammed her actions, calling them shameful and degrading to the TLDM and Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM).
The video also caught the attention of Fakhrin Tokai, an army veteran, who went on TikTok to voice his thoughts. The army member talked about the situation and how he believes that the video was deliberately made to insult the TLDM. He also mentioned his disappointment in the soldiers that were involved in the original TikTok video and says that they would have received disciplinary actions for their involvement. Zuraidah has since issued a public apology for her actions in a new video, uploaded on her TikTok account.
But Zuraidah wasn’t the only one in trouble because another content creator is heading to jail for a plane crash stunt. Trevor Daniel Jacob, a 29-year-old pilot, uploaded a 12-minute video in November of last year titled “I Crashed My Plane”. In the video, Jacob was flying his plane before ejecting himself mid-flight and parachuting to the ground while his plane crashed into a dry bush area.
But it turns out, everything was staged – all to promote a wallet. After the crash, an investigation was launched by the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) and it was revealed that Jacob both hid the plane wreckage and falsified his report on the crash, hindering the investigation.
No official charge has been made against both content creators but Jacob might face up to 20 years in jail – all for his video. Let’s just use these two as a reminder that even if you’re desperate to go viral, being too creative isn’t worth it.