It’s no secret that former Major League Baseball star, Sammy Sosa, has been bleaching his skin for years. The Dominican slugger admitted as much on Univision’s Primer Impacto saying of his lighter pigment, “It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin some. It’s a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin] but has bleached me some. I’m not a racist, I live my life happily.”
Yeah… well today, the former Chicago Cubs player is downright unrecognizable as his skin continues to get lighter and lighter. Check out these photos posted by Franklin Mirabal on Twitter of Sosa on a trip to celebrate his 49th birthday in Europe; he’s in London in these snaps.
Faltan 5 días para el Cumpleaños de Sammy Sosa... Aquí lo vemos desde Londres!!! pic.twitter.com/yFQSkVE0m8
— FRANKLIN MIRABAL (@Elreydelaradio) November 6, 2017
Faltan 4 días para el Gran Cumpleaños de Sammy Sosa en París!!! pic.twitter.com/gnHzn1BqWl
— FRANKLIN MIRABAL (@Elreydelaradio) November 7, 2017
Sosa joins a growing list of celebs— Michael Jackson, Lil' Kim, Nicki Minaj, and even Beyoncé—who have been accused of bleaching their skin. Comparisons of Sosa to the King of Pop are the most ubiquitous.
The world’s reaction has been a mix of jokes, opinions about the message the sports legend is sending by altering his appearance to look less Latino, and more Caucasian, and downright sadness. We do have to wonder why he is doing this, and admit that the assumtions about him being a victim of self-hate are sound.
One Twitter user, Brett Taylor, pointed out that maybe we should acknowledge something could be really wrong with the star, posting “Can I just say that the stuff where people make fun of Sammy Sosa’s lighter-skinned appearance makes me deeply uncomfortable? Not even from a racial perspective, but mostly from a health/mental health perspective. Lay off.”
It’s true, the shocking change Sosa made to himself is deeply disturbing and we mourn for his beautiful former skin tone. We hope that he can find peace with himself and at some point realize that he doesn’t need to take these measures to feel worthy.