A white influencer has been on the receiving end of intense backlash after they admitted to having multiple surgeries to "look more Korean."
Oli London is a thirty-one-year-old influencer from the United Kingdom who has spent thousands of dollars on eighteen different surgeries to live out his "truth." This includes a facelift, a brow lift, a new set of teeth, and even eye surgery in order to turn his natural shape to mimic the epicanthic fold typically seen in East Asian genes. London has said this has given them "the look" so they can be fully accepted by the Korean community.
Speaking on Twitter after their eye surgery and brow lift, they said: "Hey guys, I'm finally Korean. I've transitioned. I'm so happy I've completed my look. I'm finally Korean guys, I have the eyes."
They continued: "I've been trapped in the wrong body for 8 years. And it's the worst feeling in the world when you're trapped and you don't feel like you can be yourself but finally, I'm Korean - I can be myself."
London, who was inspired by BTS member Park Jimin and even goes by the same stage name, has faced criticism from Koreans as well as other people who have slammed them as "disrespectful" and have urged them to stop.
The influencer also faced further backlash after sharing a tweet that included the "official flag" for their identity, which consisted of a blend of the Korean and Pride flags. A Twitter user responded: "You can be non-binary that's who you are but you are not and you will never be Korean."
This is my new official flag for being a non-binary person who identifies as Korean. Thank you for the overwhelming support it was so hard for me to come out as Them/they/kor/ean 🏳️🌈⚧ #olilondon #nonbinary pic.twitter.com/5uJp2dBQU5
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) June 18, 2021
London responded to the backlash saying that if anyone knew about the importance of the flag for the Korean LGBTQ+ community, they would know it was "the official flag that represents equality, pride, and love for all."
They also added this: "I am who I am, but my main goal is to support the Korean community and all of those around the world who identify themselves in different ways. Korea is in my Heart and my Seoul."
What do you think about London's "Korean identity"? Do you think it's disrespectful?