British-born white influencer Oli London doubled down on her claim that they are ‘transracial’ after saying they now identify as Korean.
London – which identifies itself as non-binary – has faced backlash on social media over the past few days, after saying on YouTube that they ‘transformed’ races and cultures after surgery to look like their K-Pop idol, BTS’s Jimin.
And in a video uploaded to Twitter on Monday, London showed off her surgically enhanced “Korean eyes” while talking more about her identity.
“Now, finally, I feel Korean,” said London. “I identify with the Korean community. Maybe they’ll accept me more now because I have the look. Maybe people will think I’m actually Korean, which would make me really happy. They can see how much I love their culture because it’s the extreme length that I have walked, because I love Korea so much.
“I just want to make Jimin proud too, because Jimin is my ultimate idol. I want him to be proud, I’m sure he will be proud that I look exactly like him now. I have his eyes. Jimin’s Korean eyes and they are so, so beautiful … So I’m so, so happy with my new look. I can’t wait to see the final results when my swelling goes down. “
Amid mounting criticism in the hours that followed, London tweeted: “TRANSRACIAL is one thing! I made it up! If you can be transgender, you can be TRANSRACIAL. Live your life to the fullest, be who you want to be and spread love. “
London has also declared a “wake-up war” by enlisting the help of Fox News figures Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, writing: “Help me speak out against the injustice I face, racism and WOKE MOB transphobia. “
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro was one of many prominent social media voices supporting London, tweeting on Monday that “only fanatics disagree” with their claim that being transgender is the same as ‘to be TRANSRACIAL because you were born in the wrong body. “
Commenting on the London version of the South Korean flag, which they modified to include the rainbow pride flag, Shapiro wrote: “Live your truth, Oli.”
“Thank you so much for the support Ben! Glad you called the WOKE hypocrisy with me,” said London, prompting Shapiro to write: “This all-time pride month fanaticism is a disturbing reminder of this than Trans versus Koreans. “
“Well said 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻,” wrote to London in response to Shapiro’s statement. “WOKE’s hypocrisy is out of hand!”
“Trans Koreans are Koreans,” Shapiro added, commenting on a video in which London revealed its new identity to its subscribers.
While a number of Twitter users questioned whether his comments were any ironic, Shapiro was one of many conservative commentators who jumped into the conversation on Monday.
Actor Laurence Fox, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in London earlier this year in an attempt to “fight extreme political correctness”, wrote in London in Korean: “Live your best life.”
British YouTuber Paul Joseph Watson tweeted: “The backlash against Oli London is ignorant and fanatic. If biological men can identify as women, why can’t Oli identify as Korean? Transracial needs to be added immediately to the LGBT flag. It’s time to #StopTransRacialHate. “
British rapper Nzube Udezue said: “Does anyone who accepts that this individual is ‘non-binary’ please explain to me why this makes sense to you and is acceptable, but it is NOT CORRECT for this person of to be Korean? “
In a video posted to YouTube over the weekend, London said: “I’m going to go out today and say I’m in transition. I’m very unhappy with who I’ve been deep down for eight years and I’ve had, like , 18 plastic surgeries now …
“I just had a facelift, brow lift, temple lift, eye surgery – canthoplasty – and my teeth too. These are just part of my transition. I feel really good – for the first time in my life, I feel beautiful, I look at myself in the mirror and I like the way I look and I feel happy, and I hope people can respect my decision.
“It’s a very difficult decision to come out that way, but I come out as non-binary,” continued the YouTuber and Instagram star London. “I don’t feel like I identify as male or female. I just feel like I’m right in the middle and my pronouns are they / them, Korean / Jimin …
“I know a lot of people don’t understand me, but I identify as Korean, and I look Korean now. I feel Korean. I don’t identify as British, so please don’t … me as british, because i identify as korean.
“It’s just my culture, it’s my homeland. It’s exactly what I look like now, and I also identify as Jimin – it’s my Korean name… I know that is a bit confusing for some people, no one has ever dated like jimin or korean, but it’s something you know if you’ve been following my trail for the past eight years.
“I really struggled with identity issues, who I am with… It’s very difficult, so I finally had the courage. I had my racial surgery – I can’t think of the word. – transitional surgery. I switched to a non-binary person – they / them, Korean / Jimin and I finally have the Korean look, so I’m really, really happy. “
London made headlines in 2018, after revealing that it spent more than $ 100,000 on cosmetic surgery to look like musician Jimin. It is now estimated that this amount exceeded $ 200,000 in subsequent years.
The social media star London, who has undergone cosmetic procedures to change her appearance since 2013, spoke to the Daily mail this month on the backlash.
They said, “It’s sad during Pride Month, a month that celebrates diversity, equality and love that the people of WOKE are using my coming out and sharing my non-binary Korean identity – something that Took me many years to understand and accept and took enormous courage in sharing with the world and using it as a platform to intimidate, degrade and dehumanize myself and the LGBT community. “
They continued, “Although I recognize that a lot of people don’t understand how I identify with myself, and may find it unusual, being Korean and feeling Korean is part of who I am and how I feel. I will never allow a single person to wake me up, tyrant or troll to take him away from me.
“I have undergone extreme lifestyle changes to become who I am today and I have lived in Korea, I eat Korean food every day, I use Korean skin care, I do plastic surgery to look Korean and I speak the Korean language. person and my identity as a non-binary Korean person. “
News week has reached out to representatives of Oli London and Jimin for comment.