Sammy Sosa's Bleached Skin

Sammy Sosa's Bleached Skin

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Sammy Sosa's Bleached Skin refers to the jokes made about the pinkish hue of former Major League Baseball Star Sammy Sosa's skin.


On July 11th, 2017, Sosa did an interview with ESPN Deportes which aired July 13th.[1] During the interview, Sosa wore a pink fedora and shirt. His skin also had a noticeably pinkish hue, concerning fans and inspiring jokes. The first joke was made on July 12th by @StraightOLC[2] and gained 65 retweets and over 160 likes (shown below).

Straight OuttaLoCash @StraightOLC Follow Why is Sammy Sosa out here looking like the Ghost of Christmas past? HRDerby Honduras I Guayana Fr 9 MEX MAR


Jokes began spreading through Twitter about the color of Sosa's skin. @ThatDudeMcFly[6] compared Sosa to Pepto Bismol in a tweet that gained over 5,000 retweets (shown below, left). @__GDB[7] posted a tweet comparing Sosa to the cartoon character Snagglepuss and gained over 1,700 retweets (shown below, right).

OXTAIL GAWD Φ @ThatDudeMCFLY Follow Sammy Sosa out here lookin like Pepto Bismal IRDerby Honduras Guayana Fr 9 MEX MAR Follow @GDB My man Sammy Sosa looking like Snagglepuss smh erby Honduras Guavana Fr 9 MEX MAR

Others were concerned that Sosa had intentionally bleached his skin due to body-image issues. During the interview, Sosa explained his skin by saying, "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."[3] Nevertheless, Twitter users interpreted the image to mean that Sosa had intentionally tried to make himself look less black. @LittleButTalawa[4] tweeted before and after pictures of Sosa interpreting them as evidence of Sosa's "self-hate" (shown below, left). @LeftSentThis[5] did the same in a tweet that gained 77 retweets and 142 likes (shown below, right). The tweets and the controversy around Sosa's supposed skin-bleaching were covered by the New York Daily News,[3] Newsweek,[1] and Heavy.[8]

Little But Talawa @LittleButTalawa Follow This is what self-hate looks like: Sammy Sosa before and after Derby LEFT Follow @LeftSentThis all of the Sammy Sosa jokes, andI can't front, some of them were hella funny. But on the real, this level of self hatred is sad EFTSENT HIS

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Sammy Sosa look like a bottle of calamine lotion and it's sad RDerby Honduras Guayana Fr 9 MEX MAR Did Sammy Sosa go to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory? HRDerby Honduras ayo Sammy Sosa look like a unbrushed tongue RDerby Honduras Guayana Fr 9 MEX MAR EL FOOSAY @SheHatesJacoby Follow Got a dark skin friend look like Sammy Sosa.... got a light skin friend look like Sammy Sosa erby Honduras Guavana Fr 9 MEX MAR "New Skin Who Dis" erby People Honduras Guavana Fr 9 MEX MAR Mannnnn ...w-- happened to Sammy Sosa HRDerby es POA Honduras Guayana Fr 9 MEX MAR

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