The TV series Hooked on the Look is quite known for its documentation of the extreme in terms of plastic surgery and beauty, having featured characters like the “real life Ken doll” and the “Justin Bieber look-alike” in the past. This character, a Londoner Oli London, should be nothing out of the ordinary for the show.
However, London stuck out with audiences and reaction channels for the fact that he wants to look like Jimin, one of the lead vocalists from the Kpop group BTS.
This man has gone all out to try and look like the Korean star, styling his hair, buying clothes, and getting plenty of procedures to try and emulate Jimin. He’s gotten multiple rhinoplasty procedures, lip fillers, work on his eyes, jaw shaving, and has had all the fatty tissue removed from his chest, among other things. He’s not afraid to spend the money to look like the idol, and he clearly has the money to spend.
Now, you might look at this guy, and just think to yourself “Huh, weird” and move about your day. And normally, people would do that. They’d give an odd look, make a few jokes, and move on. However, the thing that catches people’s attention is his emphasis on “trying to look Korean”. London argues that he doesn’t want to change his race, and that he knows that he will always be Caucasian. However, he still wants to try and look Korean because of his love of Jimin (and Kpop idols more generally). In fact, after getting fillers in his eyes and cheeks to look more “like Jimin”, London says as he looks at himself that he “looks and feels Korean”, which has questionable implications. It brings London into the uncomfortable category of “Koreaboo”, which involves the idolization of Korean culture based on the idea of Kpop and Kdramas, and the fetishization of Koreans. People who are “koreaboos” are strange, and frankly disgusting, and are rightfully looked down upon.
While London doesn’t want to “be” Korean, he certainly wants to look it, and he especially wants to look like Jimin, which would most likely disturb the actual singer. He already has to deal with sasaengs that follow him and his group around on airplanes and to hotels, and would probably not appreciate hearing that someone has spent an exorbitant amount of money just to look like him.