Brit influencer identifies as Korean after having surgery to be like pop star

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A British influencer says they now “identify as Korean” after going under the knife to look like a member of K-pop band BTS.

Oli London has reportedly spent more than $150,000 (around £110,000) to look like singer Park Ji-min.

The influencer, who uses “they” and “them” pronouns, sees Korea as their “home country”.

And on Twitter, they “came out” as non-binary and “Korean” by tweaking the country’s flag.

Oli said: “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.”

While the post has garnered 1,700 likes, it’s been met with a lot of backlash.

One critic said: “I’m sorry, but you can’t just choose to be Korean.

“It’s a nationality and ethnicity – you have to be born Korean!

“Just because you like the culture, doesn’t mean you can take it and become it.

“There is a way to appreciate a different culture, this is not it.”

Another said: “Korean isn’t a pronoun, nor is it a persona you decide to suddenly take on because of K-pop hype.

“I’m glad you identify as non-binary and I applaud you for being transparent about that, but I can’t commend you for taking a whole ethnicity and treating it like a persona.”

A third wrote: “Playing with the flag from another country? That is serious.

“Every flag has a history about it and they have the audacity to change it.”

And a fourth argued: “I’m not Korean but I know for a FACT that this is disrespectful.”

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Despite the backlash, some defended Oli.

A commenter said: “I am sorry that people in the comment section are being rude to you.

“You deserve better. You have my support 100%. People are evil.”

And another commented: “Don’t let the haters deny your true identity!”

Oli responded to criticism on Instagram, writing: “Yes I identify as Korean. Yes I'm non-binary. Yes I look like Jimin. But none of this should be a reason to outcast me from society, to dehumanise me and shame me for being who I am, a non-binary Korean person."

Speaking to the Daily Dot, their representative added that Oli identifies with Korea more than the UK so should be able to call themselves Korean.

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