THIS Morning has been hit by Ofcom complaints after a British TikTok influencer who identifies as Korean “offended” viewers.
Social media star Oli London claimed to have transitioned race with the help of cosmetic surgery when he was quizzed last week by show hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.
An influencer who identifies as Korean has been branded ‘offensive’
This Morning viewers complained to Ofcom after Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby interviewed him last week
The 31-year-old recently came out as non-binary and has chosen to be addressed as “they” and “them”.
Oli also explained “racial transition surgery” gave them “Korean eyes” and has allowed them to “identify as Korean”.
But This Morning viewers have accused the social media star of cultural appropriation, with the influencer receiving a huge backlash on Twitter.
Oli – who is white and from England – told Holly and Phil: “I just became so fascinated with the culture, everything about it, the language, the food, the people and that’s actually when I started having plastic surgery to have the Korean look.
“I’ve just become absolutely obsessed with Korea and finally I’ve just had my transition surgery on my eyes and brow to complete my new Korean look and I’ve never been happier.”
“I feel great”
Oli went on: “I feel great and I hope people can respect that this is the way I identify, this is how I feel and I’m just living my best life and I mean no offence to anyone.”
Sharing their outrage on Twitter, one person said: “Can’t understand why this person is claiming (they’re) Korean now can’t understand why it’s offensive?
“Race isn’t a trend. Maybe if you were actually Korean you would understand that?!”
Another Tweeted: “Can’t believe what I have just witnessed on #ThisMorning. You are NOT Korean and you can’t just change your race by having 15 surgeries”
Another said: “if you can, please file an ofcom complaint surrounding Oli London’s appearance on #ThisMorning it was incredibly offensive and made many viewers uncomfortable”
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