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Oli London, an influencer who’s made a number of headlines in recent days after being reported to have undergone multiple surgeries in an effort to look like Jimin from BTS, has the support of Rachel Dolezal.
The British influencer said last month that they “identify as Korean,” prompting swift backlash on social media. Speaking with TMZ on Thursday, Dolezal—who’s previously described herself as “trans-Black”—urged the public to instead focus on various “outrage issues” including police brutality and institutionalized racism.
“I don’t know Jimin personally, obviously, so they can speak for themselves in that regard but I do think that the broader issue here is compassion and kindness,” Dolezal said when asked about the recent news, which also included reports that London had changed their name. “Personal identity is not the big fish to fry. … I think that we need to focus on fighting the public outrage issues of police brutality, of deinstitutionalizing racism. Those are the issues that I think that we need to come together on to fight publicly.”
Dolezal then turned to the topic of cultural appropriation, sharing her opinion that “being authentically yourself” is not equatable.
“I think sometimes people are confusing those two,” Dolezal said. “You know, it gets caught up in the outrage online and I think sometimes we don’t take the time to actually listen to someone’s heart.”