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The World Got To See Sammy Sosa’s New Look And People Are Genuinely Concerned About Him

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Sammy Sosa made an appearance this week on ESPN before the MLB All-Star game and made waves with his new look. Not only was the retired baseball player wearing an all pink outfit, complete with a magenta fedora, his skin was even lighter and rosier than the last time he made a public appearance  –where his lighter skin was called into question. If you’ll recall back in 2009 for a Latin Grammys appearance in Las Vegas, Sosa’s skin was much lighter. He even wore contact lenses. After the Latin Grammys, he was interviewed by “Primer Impacto” about his skin. Sosa told the news show that he wasn’t trying to be like Michael Jackson, who had vitiligo and used skin lightening creams to reduce the spots that develop due to the condition. Sosa denied having vitiligo and said, “I don’t think I look like Michael Jackson.”

Sammy Sosa’s skin lightening took a giant leap recently.

In this interview for ESPN, Sosa talked about his experiences as a player in the Home Run Derby. But it is his extremely light skin, much lighter than his last appearances back in 2009, that sparked conversation on social media.

Seeing Sosa in this state, on the surface of it, it appears funny and it clearly sent some on social media into a laughing frenzy.

Pepto, is apt, but definitely a low blow.

This one went as far as comparing his looks to Neopolitan Ice Cream.

Sure, some laughed, but others are genuinely concerned.

This Twitter user seemed to be offering Sosa some helpful advice on self-love.

Some see Sosa’s changes as a sign of self-loathing.

This Dominicana called out her countryman for what she sees as an issue in her community.

Others just can’t get over how different he looks.

And while Sosa has said he is “not a racist,” there are some that claim Sosa made disparaging remarks about dark skin.

Sosa previously mentioned what changed his skin, telling ESPN in 2009, “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.” Sports journalist Bomani Jones thinks otherwise, though, having tweeted about a makeup artist he knows who recounted Sosa asking her not to make him look “demasiado negro.”

Sosa’s odd behavior hasn’t been limited to his altered appearance. Earlier this year, in a February interview with Chuck Wasserstrom, Sosa compared himself to Jesus:

“Chuck, it’s like Jesus Christ when he came to Jerusalem. Everybody thought Jesus Christ was a witch (laughing) – and he was our savior. So if they talk (poop) about Jesus Christ, what about me? Are you kidding me?”

This was a response to Wasserstrom’s questions about the home run chase between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in 1998. It was a never before seen hit for hit attempt to break the home run record in one season. Both players beat the previous record of 61 home runs, but ultimately, with the aid of steroids, McGwire beat Sosa 70 to 66. There were rumblings that Sosa had also been using performance enhancing drugs, but no tests ever turned up positive for it.

It appears that Sosa has gotten as light skinned as he can probably get, but will he stop there? Can he stop there? We hope that if this is more than skin deep, he can find the self-love he needs to be happy with who he is.


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If You Grew Up With A Twin, This Post Will Have You Laughing And Crying At The Same Time

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If You Grew Up With A Twin, This Post Will Have You Laughing And Crying At The Same Time

Having a sibling alone can be super annoying but having a twin takes that annoyance to a whole other level. As much as my twin brother and I argued at home, in the classroom, and with our friends, having a twin is also the best thing to ever happen to me.

This is my story as told to Jessica Garcia…

Having a twin can be described as a mix between having a permanent BFF and permanently having someone you want to punch in the face 24/7.

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There’s no in-between. When you’re growing up with someone who looks like you, acts like you and lives with you, you’re in a constant battle trying to outshine the other person. It feels as if your mission in life is to become the favorite twin.

But because you two fought so often, you get so good at it that it becomes somewhat of a hobby.

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No matter how silly and unnecessary the argument was, you just couldn’t let your twin have the last word.

Whether it was winning an argument or getting the best grades at the end of a semester, life has always been a competition.

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This doesn’t mean you’re against each other; you both want each other to win and succeed, but it was still a race to see who could get there first.

And the most annoying part about having this person attached to your hip since birth is sharing everyyyythinnnng with them.

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But sharing the bathroom is the absolute worst. ?

However, there is one thing you don’t mind sharing with them: your birthday.

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Thanks to your twin, there’s never such a thing as a dull birthday. Every year it’s a new celebration and new adventure.

And of course you don’t mind sharing each other’s Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix accounts. ?

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When it comes to parties and events, you two are considered as a single invite, which means you only have to buy one gift. #(T)WINNING

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Plus, you always have a date.

So after doing everything together, from kindergarten all the way through high school, the hardest part about having a twin is being separated. 

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So much worse than a breakup with a boyfriend or girlfriend because you grew up with this person. Your twin is your partner in crime, best friend, biggest headache, and closest family member. So when you two are not together, a piece of you is missing. But once you two reunite, it’s like you never separated in the first place.

As cliché as it sounds, you two are literally each other’s better halves, and you wouldn’t have it any other way.

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You never have to explain what you’re thinking because they already know what you’re about to say.


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