Sammy Sosa looks like he’s still lightening his skin. A tweet went out from Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan, who jokingly claims Slammin’ Sammy is guest starring on the HBO vampire drama True Blood.
It would be understandable if Sosa was lightening his skin for Hollywood, but it seems like Sosa is another person of color caught up in the “lightening game.” Considering Sosa maintains a conk, and he hails from one of the most anti-African blood islands in the Caribbean, I’d posit this four-year “skin rejuvenation” process is based in some of colorism seen throughout the African diaspora.
Use of skin bleaching creams may increase the risk of developing diabetes and other diseases, according to a study in Canadian Family Physician.
The most severe and widely recognized side-effect of chronic hydroquinone [use] is called exogenous ochronosis, which is a paradoxical darkening of the skin, and it happens when hydroquinone is used at high concentrations for several years,” she said.
But on the lighter side, most people have speculated that Sosa has stayed out of the spotlight in hopes that MLB Hall of Fame voters forget his steroid use, but now we all know why he’s laying low: Sosa is a vampire!