As far as the public is concerned, travel influencers Kelly Castille and Kody Workman, otherwise known as @positravelty, are living the dream, cashing in on ‘likes’ and a shit-ton of perks by sharing thoughtful stories and jaw-dropping images on Instagram. At least that’s what the couple’s followers thought prior to April 2.
After posting a shot of Castille, 33—dangling over the edge of a near 40’ infinity pool while kissing Workman, 32—the death-defying duo have now been labeled “stupid” and “dangerous” by commenters online.
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“All this does is prove that people will do stupid shit all for insta likes,” wrote one woman.
“Proper stupidity right here,” added another. “Who cares if you know what your limits are, 1 wrong move and she’s dead mate, dead forever. Who cares if there’s a pool beneath, she could still die… This is stupidity at its finest.”
Someone else responded by saying that Bali is full of idiots just like this. “They probably drive around on scooters no International license no helmet no insurance and drunk…if they have an accident they crowdfund their way out of trouble…don’t encourage them.”
But according to the fearless couple, things aren’t always as they seem. In an interview with Fox News, Castille and Workman said, “The reality is that we felt safe, stable and confident for two reasons. First and foremost, there is another pool below that we cropped out of the shot for dramatization. Secondly, we thought about this photo for days, considering the angles and potentials.”
Workman also defended the image on INSIDER, stating that people would be surprised to learn that the photo was actually Kelly’s idea.
“There is a lip where the ridge of the infinity pool juts out over the wall, where Kelly could get a solid grip and place her weight on her forearms. I held her the entire time, and, if zoomed, you can actually see my grip on her arm,” he said, adding that they are both in good shape, know their bodies, and, in turn, know their limits.
“We have both jumped off of waterfalls and bridges much higher than this infinity pool, so the height aspect wasn’t a concern for us at all.”
So, where do Castille and Workman stand with followers now?
Despite vicious comments on Instagram, the couple’s page has more than doubled in size—going from 60,000 to 128,000 in less than two weeks—proving once again that doing stupid shit can lead to insta-fame.