A British influencer explained how they now “identify as Korean” after having surgery to look like their favorite member of K-pop group BTS.
Oli London has reportedly gone under the knife 15 times in the past eight years to make his face as close to ‘Korean’ as possible. The cost of all these surgeries is estimated at over $ 150,000.
The non-binary influencer believes they now have a striking resemblance to Jimin and asked their followers to use the pronouns “they / them / Korean / Jimin”.
They added, “I identify as Korean… it’s my choice, my decision. It doesn’t hurt anyone. ”
In a video posted to social media, Oli explained how Korea is their “home country” and “culture” and “exactly what I look like now”.
“I know it’s a little confusing for some people… nobody’s ever come out as Jimin or Korean, but it’s just something you know if you follow my path over the past eight years. I really struggled with identity issues, who I am with, ”Oli said.
Oli faced a backlash for uploading a photo of a rainbow South Korean flag while trying to solidify his identity and connection to the country.
They wrote next to the photo, “This is my new official flag for being a non-binary person who identifies as Korean. Thanks for the overwhelming support that made it so hard for me to come out like them / they / kor / ean. ”
People have criticized London for “trivializing” Korean culture “because they are suddenly” in fashion “.
Responding to criticism, Oli wrote on Instagram, “Yes, I identify as Korean. Yes, I am not binary. Yes, I look like Jimin. But none of this should be a reason to ban me from society, dehumanize myself and make me ashamed of being who I am, a non-binary Korean person. ”
Oli’s manager told the Daily Dot how “strongly attached” he was to Korea and the country’s culture.
The representative added that London identifies much more with Korea than with the UK, so why shouldn’t they be allowed to call themselves Koreans.
Oli made it clear in 2019 that they are not changing their ‘race’ when they said they identify as Korean and that just means he will refer to themselves that way when he talks to people. .