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Non-binary Korean: British influencer Oli London ‘comes out’ as ethnicity

British social media influencer Oli London has always been on every K-Pop fans’ hatelist for being a problematic koreaboo and an obsessed Jimin fanatic, and for good reason.

In fact, they’re infamous for having multiple surgeries to look like their favorite K-Pop star, and for their problematic behavior in general. 

Last May 27, 2021, it had been reported that the British influencer took their life in their London mansion and had left a suicide note behind. Their Instagram account had also been turned into a memorialized account immediately after the news. But, this was found out to be a prank and a ploy to draw attention to themself. Internet users everywhere went online to express their disgust and anger towards Oli London for using a sensitive topic to gain attention. 

Days ago, Oli London has once again reached headlines everywhere, and has received the anger of many. The reason: they announced on their Twitter that they now “identify as a non-binary Korean” and that their pronouns are they/them/Korean/Ji/minattaching a photo of a rainbow-colored South Korean flag. 

Cue the straight-faced emoji and the clown emoji. 

After their announcement, people on Twitter have been calling Oli London out for cultural appropriation and racism, as well as slamming them for using a rainbow-colored South Korean flag. Koreans themselves were criticizing the influencer for disrespecting their flag. 

Amidst the criticisms being thrown at them, Oli London had the audacity to tweet this next: 

Well, it’s good that Oli London embraced themselves as a non-binary person— that’s fine and we accept that— but identifying as an ethnicity? That’s just plain stupidity and fetishism.

Oli London has been constantly putting themself under numerous cosmetic surgeries in order to look “more Korean”, all of which costing around $150,000 in total. These surgeries, according to the “non-binary Korean” themself, is their final transition to publicly identifying themselves as Korean. London will soon release their “final” look soon, so uh, we could probably look forward to the backlash they’ll receive after that.

As problematic (and stupid) as it sounds, I guess we can applaud them for coming out. But still, they’re still British and white. So, you do the math.

 

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