British influencer Oli London underwent 18 surgeries to look like BTS member Park Ji-min, aka Jimin.
Now London, who is a British-born Caucasian, is identifying as a Korean.
His announcement sparked a massive backlash online, after he shared a video “coming out” as a South Korean. London was very unhappy before “transitioning” as a Korean (watch the video below).
“I know a lot of people don’t understand me but I do identify as Korean, and I do look Korean now. I do feel Korean. I don’t identify as British, so please don’t refer to me… as British…”
London gained notoriety in South Korean media over the years for publicizing his plastic surgery journey.
London spent over $150,000 on cosmetic surgery to look like Jimin. London also posted a rainbow colored version of the South Korean flag on Twitter.
In an earlier interview, London denied his plastic surgery was cultural misappropriation.
“I’m not actually changing my race,” London said in a 2019 interview with Barcroft TV. “I have a deep respect for Korean culture. It’s cultural appreciation, not cultural appropriation.”
Jimin, 25, is a vocalist and dancer in the South Korean boy band BTS. He shares the same androgynous feminine features as the other members of the band.
Other transracial personalities include Rachel Dolezal and Twitter activist Shaun King.
So sad how so many comments are being homophobic and non-binary phobic. This is actually the official LGBTQI+ flag of South Korea…GOOGLE IT. Anyone that puts a negative comment is anti-LGBT and anti-equality. So sad in 2021 people will judge others on how they identify! ???? https://t.co/lSyOomE5Tg
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) June 19, 2021