A white influencer who got plastic surgery to look like a member of BTS and claims to be ‘transracial’ issued an apology for their ‘obsessive’ behavior


London said it was “wrong and unhealthy” for them to try and look like Park Ji-min using plastic surgery.Oli London via YouTube and The Chosunilbo JNS/Getty Images

  • Oli London is a white British influencer who has faced backlash for saying they identified as Korean.

  • The influencer previously said they had 32 plastic surgeries to look like BTS singer Park Ji-min.

  • On Monday, London apologized to the BTS star and the Asian community for earlier comments.

Oli London, a white British influencer who said they had 32 plastic surgeries to look more like BTS bandmate Park Ji-min, has apologized to the singer and the Asian community, saying their behavior is both “obsessive” and ” wrong” was. and unhealthy.”

London, which has 1 million TikTok followers and uses the pronouns “they” and “them”, has previously faced criticism and criticism from experts and academics for saying they identify as Korean.

The influencer has publicly said that they have undergone eye surgeries, liposuction, penis reduction surgeries and other procedures to “look Korean”. Members of the Asian community previously told Insider that they believed the London operations promoted racist stereotypes about Koreans and accused London of cultural appropriation.

On August 29, London posted a YouTube video titled “APOLOGY VIDEO (My Exology to Jimin & the Asian Community)”.

“It was wrong of me to pursue Ji-min in such an obsessive way,” said London. “I can’t be another person, I just have to love myself.”

London said they were bullied at school, leading to self-esteem issues, and when they discovered Park, they saw him as the “path to happiness” and tried to “become” him.

London said they had no “bad intentions” but that they “now realize it wasn’t the right thing to do.” They said they realized they could be happy without trying to emulate Park thanks to their recent marriage to a person they describe as a “Ji-min-look-a-like.” In an interview with Newsweek and SWNS in early August, London said they were paying for their husband, Danny Richardson, 19, to have plastic surgery to look like Ji-min.

London went on to say they still “identify as Korean.”

In a statement to Insider, London said they consider themselves “transracial” – a term they have often used to describe themselves in the past.

The statement went on to say they hope to become an honorary Korean citizen and “live like a legally recognized Korean”.

London also said they had entered therapy to deal with an ‘addiction to plastic surgery’.

“I changed my whole life thinking that I could become as beautiful and talented as Jimin. But I’ve finally come to realize that this was wrong and unhealthy,” the statement continued.

The concept of “transracial” is highly controversial. In July 2021, Braden Hill and Stevie Lane of Edith Cowan University in Australia wrote that the term is “an excellent example of racism”, as a person cannot identify as “transracial” in the same way that people identify as transgender, because a person does not inherit their gender the way they inherit their race.

While the video received some support in the comments, many viewers criticized the video, saying they didn’t think the influencer should have apologized, while insisting they identify as Korean.

“You can love Korea and recognize what its culture has done for you (which I’m genuinely happy for you), but that doesn’t make you Korean,” said a top commentary with 229 likes.

London told Insider in a further statement that they were aware of this criticism but responded by reiterating that they “identify as Korean”.

“My love for Korean culture has not changed. I have just come to realize that my overly obsessive behavior with Jimin was not normal and was due to my deep-seated unhappiness within me as a result of the years of bullying I received about my appearance. like a child,” they said.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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