If you thought you knew what former Chicago Cubs right fielder Sammy Sosa looks like, a new interview will make you think again.
Sosa alarmed some fans when he appeared in an interview on a July 13 ESPN Deportes special about the All-Star Home Run Derby, an interview that revealed his already lightened tone as lighter than ever.
Many made fun of the former Dominican baseball star.
Sammy Sosa out here lookin like Pepto Bismal. pic.twitter.com/1xdKo84Bko
— OXTAIL GAWD (@ThatDudeMCFLY) July 13, 2017
ayo Sammy Sosa look like a unbrushed tongue pic.twitter.com/q4dGPPYI6q
— Price. (@Priceverson) July 13, 2017
Sammy Sosa look like the milk at the bottom of a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. pic.twitter.com/y3nPyL1HtF
— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) July 13, 2017
Sammy Sosa the same complexion as those cheap ass hot dogs that turn the water pink when you boil them.
— Larry Beyince (@DragonflyJonez) July 13, 2017
Sosa, who retired from Major League Baseball after the 2007 season with 609 career home runs, eighth on the all-time list, admitted to using a bleaching cream in 2009 after photos surfaced of him looking noticeably lighter at an awards show.
“It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin tone,” Sosa said at the time on Univision’s “Primer Impacto.” “It’s a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but [it] has bleached me some. I’m not a racist, I live my life happily. What happened was that I had been using the cream for a long time and that, combined with the bright TV lights, made my face look whiter than it really is. I don’t think I look like Michael Jackson.”
Several people reflected on the social implications of a once dark-skinned man having such a remarkably different appearance.
It's sad that the emotional pain Sammy Sosa feels about being black is so sharp he was willing to endure bleaching himself pink.
— roxane gay (@rgay) July 13, 2017
sammy sosa = the perfect example of a dominican that doesn't want to be defined as black. self hate is real. dominicans in denial is real.
— Jessica Johnson (@iheartdilla) July 13, 2017
as a dominican, the sammy sosa pic is a sad reminder of the self-hate and psychological damage of white supremacy that still exist among us.
— alex medina (@mrmedina) July 13, 2017
Sammy Sosa lightening himself is a result of a perverted system of white supremacy that causes ppl to take extreme measures to feel "safe"
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) July 13, 2017