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UK-born influencer Oli London defends ‘transracial’ identity as Korean woman: ‘I’m Korean. People need to accept that’

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Oli London, who uses the pronouns they/them, has traded barbs with a Black interviewer in the British web documentary Would You Rather after emphasizing that they are Korean.

London, a British-born influencer who got many surgeries to look like BTS Jimin, sparred with the interviewer about whether it’s appropriate to identify as Korean.

“I identify as Korean. I used to live in Korea, I was living there for one year. I love the culture, the history, and the people. I put myself through a lot of pain, and a lot of surgical procedures to have more of a Korean aesthetic… I came out earlier this year, sharing that with the world,” London said.
"Not a lot of people get it," the influencer added, hoping that "people will be more accepting of me with time."

However, the interviewer, who was not identified in the video, stated that identifying as “transracial” in London is extremely bad because it “pushes the narrative that it’s possible to switch races.”

In response, London stated that they were “glad” to be in Korea and that “no one can take that happiness away from me.”

“I can't sit up here and say, ‘Oh, I'm suddenly a white woman’ or I can be Black or I can Korean because the privilege of where you benefit from, then it’s not an equal exchange,” the interviewer said.

The interviewer also discussed her experiences as a Black woman and the hazards of cultural appropriation, saying that changing races could “end in me dying.”

“You are not a Korean man. No matter how much surgery you do or the aesthetic you adopt. If you don’t recognize that power imbalance in what you’re doing and how it’s disrespectful to me, then you’re proving the point that you’re doing this for the money and attention,” the interviewer said.

London responded that people have the right to “choose how they identify themselves and be who they want to be.”

“I’m Korean. People need to accept that,” they added. 

Identifying as “transracial” and non-binary has “helped” a lot of people, according to the influencer, since it inspires them to “live my truth and do what makes me happy.”

“Do you think this is better if no one speaks up for these people? I’m trying to speak up to these people,” London added.

London went on to say that “millions and millions” of people have been “combining cultures” by adding K-pop and K-drama aspects into their daily lives.

The interview concluded with both parties keeping their position and declaring their pride in doing so.

Meanwhile, netizens shared their thoughts on the heated argument in the comments area.

“As a Korean, this is so offensive. He’s not appreciating our culture he is mocking us and rather disrespecting our culture. He doesn’t know our history and the pain that our people went through, plus the pain we are going through now,” one netizen wrote.
Another netizen said, “I'm shocked by all the people actually supporting this absolute nonsense. If a white woman surgically darkens her skin and starts speaking with a “blaccent,” she can identify as transracial black? No, she’s masquerading as an interpretation of what a black person is.”

London turned to social media a few days later to express how they “felt more happy and lovely” as Korean. The influencer uploaded four distinct photos, dressing up well.

“For the last [month,] I have been living as a Korean woman. And I have never felt more happy and beautiful. [Finally,] I can be the person I was meant to be. Thank you for inspiring me to be a strong woman,” London wrote. 

London came out as a “transracial Korean” in an interview with Daily Mail.

“I came out as transracial Korean and that was an important step in my transition process… I have been experimenting and exploring being a Korean woman and now feel ready to share with the world that I am gender fluid and now living as a Korean woman,” the influencer was quoted as saying.

London reportedly had 18 operations to appear like BTS’ principal dancer and lead vocalist, Jimin.

The influencer even took their love for the BTS member to new heights by marrying and eventually divorcing a cardboard figure of Jimin.

REFERENCE: Philstarlife 

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