In the aftermath of announcing earlier this month that they identify as Korean, a British non-binary person is receiving backlash for undergoing numerous "transitional surgeries" to appear Korean.
Oli London, a singer and Instagram influencer, has reportedly paid more than $150,000 for plastic surgery to look like K-Pop band member Park Ji-Min.
On June 18, London revealed that they "identify" as Korean, and would go by the "neopronouns kor/ean and ji/min" in addition to the pronouns "they/them."
According to the Daily Mail, London has undergone numerous surgeries since 2013, including multiple nose jobs, an eye altering surgery called blepharoplasty, a chin bone contouring, as well as skin whitening "to help my skin look more Korean."
"I've been having surgery since 2013, when I decided I wanted to look like Park Ji-min from the Korean boyband BTS, traveling all over the world to Korea, to Poland, to China to get it done," said London.
They posted an LGBT rainbow-themed South Korean flag: "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."
After receiving backlash over the post and their actions, London wrote: "So sad how 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!"
On Friday, London continued to address the backlash, writing on Twitter: "If you can be transsexual you can also be TRANSRACIAL. Why are there such double standards & hypocrisy with people criticizing me for being Korean. It's the same as someone who was born in the wrong body and wants to become a man or a woman. I was actually born in the wrong body!"
They even called on conservative personalities Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, both of Fox News, to defend them from the "trolls and woke bullies."
"I've been very trapped in my body for so long. I identify with the Korean culture, I’ve lived in Korea, I speak the language, I have the Korean look now, I look completely Korean. If you didn’t know who I was you would just think I was a Korean person. Not a man or a woman, just a person," said London in a video posted June 26.
London addressed the controversy on Thursday, posting on Instagram: "I just want to set the record STRAIGHT… It's Pride Month and I have always struggled with identity issues and been confused about who I am as a person. I took the difficult and brave decision to come out as Non-Binary and Korean to help millions of other LGBTQI+ young people around the world, Kpop fans and the Korean people feel confident enough to be able to feel no fear to be able to express themselves and how they identify."
In response to their most recent video, some Twitter users mocked London, while others urged for London to get professional mental help.
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