Broadcaster and social media icon Olly London has criticized the entertainment industry for trying to “normalise” minors undergoing gender reassignment to “weaken society”.
London is a social media influencer with over two million followers between TikTok, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter who has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on surgeries to look like a Korean. After living as a trans Korean woman for six months, London came back, saying that the changes he decided to make to his appearance were not the answers to his problems.
“I’m lucky I didn’t go through full body modification, but all of a sudden I’ve completely changed my face and I regret a lot of things I’ve done,” London told Fox News Digital.
London said he underwent surgery to try to look and feel better, which will make him happy for a few months, but he said he will go back to feeling unhappy about himself .
“I transitioned, lived as a trans woman for six months and thought that was the reason I was unhappy, and then I still wasn’t happy,” he said. “I was considering more surgeries, more extreme body modifications. Then I got to a point where I thought, “Is this really me?” “Is this who I want to be?”
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“People keep telling me I’m better as a woman, better looking, more feminine, but that’s not me,” he added. “That’s when I really started to doubt myself and realized that I just wanted to go back to my true self, the way I was born.”
London said his story is not unlike that of many transitioners and detransitioners, but he draws a distinction between his story and that of teenagers who have undergone similar surgeries to deal with their gender dysphoria.
“I’m old,” he said. “Obviously I blame myself, but I’ve come across this kind of indoctrination that this is completely normal.”
“Society at large has been saying how easy it is to transition, that if you feel like you’re confused about who you are, it’s because you’re trapped in the wrong body,” London said. “So I fell for it.”
London believed that a huge number of kids who might not have wanted to cross a decade ago now think it’s “cool” or “trendy” because of TV shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race or TikTok influencers like Dylan Mulvaney, who push the idea that children who struggle with their identity “can be validated,” “get attention,” or “get love and compassion” if they “just choose to move on.”
He said that social media, education system and medical institutions are responsible for pushing this ideology.
“In the West, especially in America, the entertainment industry, Hollywood is trying to normalize this and I think the reason behind it is to confuse children and almost weaken society and make people fight over pronouns,” he said.
“People need to come together and learn about American values,” he added. “Instead, people are dividing themselves.
London has been a vocal critic of British singer-songwriter Sam Smith, whose recent music video sparked backlash on social media for its sexual nature and lack of age restrictions, which he says are encouraged by the entertainment industry to “provoke outrage” and “pushing” sexualization.”
“I think there are some people in the entertainment industry … There are people in power who want to normalize this behavior,” he said. “We’re seeing more and more people trying to push to rename pedophiles to minor attractors (MAPs).
London also attributes the medical industry’s embrace of gender reassignment surgeries to greed.
“As an adult, you’re free to make your own decisions, but I think we’re seeing an increase in that because, first of all, it’s big business for these pediatric clinics … there’s a lot of money that’s involved,” London said.
“Society pushes many young people these days to undergo gender reassignment surgery, facial feminization, take hormones or puberty blockers because they know it’s seen as a quick fix,” he added. “But, you know, this is a temporary solution.”
“I think the same is true of many cases of children who are pushed to transition,” he said.
London pointed to the fact that 1.6 million people in the U.S. age 13 and older identify as transgender, according to a study conducted by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. In addition, 18 percent of people who identify as transgender are ages 13 to 17, while children ages 13 to 17 make up only 8 percent of the U.S. population.
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“Youth ages 13 to 17 make up a larger share of the transgender-identified population than we previously estimated, currently making up about 18% of the transgender-identified population in the U.S., up from 10% previously,” the study concluded.
“It’s an incredibly harmful trend that we’re seeing, and that’s why I think it’s important to call out people like Sam Smith because now he’s obviously doing something that’s going to be shocking,” London said. “It’s a great attention to him. It’s been trending for four days now.”
London said the music video gives Smith’s young, “very impressionable” audience the idea that these “shocking sexual fantasies” are “normal”.
“The whole Sam Smith music video is actually like watching a porn video, it’s so explicit,” London said. “You actually have Sam Smith making fun of Christianity. Instead of doing a baptism, someone urinates in his mouth, which is a sexual fetish for some people, which is shocking.”
“How low can you go? How desperate can your music video be?” he added.
The music video also features Smith dancing with a camera focusing and zooming in on his lower body as he dances to a “sexual tone,” London said.
“You have these people wearing leather underwear and bondage writhing around the beds doing highly sexualized and suggestive poses, which is like a type of BDSM bondage,” he added. “Sam Smith has a lot of young fans … and always tries to push his non-binary persona … to provoke outrage and generate headlines.”
London said he believed “highly sexualised” content on social media should “at least” be age-restricted to prevent a child from accessing what he said was pornographic content, such as Smith’s music video.
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As a member of the LGBTQ community, London said Smith’s message is “harmful” because it gives people the impression that he represents all people who identify as LGBTQ.
“They think that all trans people, all non-binary people are like Sam Smith, that they all fall for these sexual deviants, which is just not the case,” London said.
“People see Sam Smith and think he represents the LGBT community,” he added. “I just think it’s very degrading to show LGBT people in that light when you could make a more positive video that’s more uplifting, maybe a love story, something romantic about self-acceptance.”
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London is writing a book, Detransition, scheduled for release in the fall of 2023, which he says will examine society’s drive to transition children and the lasting harm it does to children.