Anthony Loffredo is a man who is obsessed with the idea of turning himself into a ‘black alien’ with his appearance. His current appearance is terrifying to say the least. He had his nose removed in Spain because that procedure is illegal in his native France. He says he wants to look like a ‘black alien’ and is determined to go all the way in realizing his goal.
A man who wants to look like a “black alien” has already had his nose removed, he has completely removed his ears. he even removed several fingers on his hands and also removed his upper lip, which he completely cut off and had his tongue split in order to be as authentic as possible. He sharpened his teeth and painted them purple. He covered his entire body with tattoos that he usually deals with, including the eyeballs, the color of which he changed several times, all as part of his @the_black_alien_project on Instagram. He is full of implants that are also part of his modifications, and he is also preparing to amputate his leg, which is otherwise completely healthy, but he is seriously thinking about it, which is more than shocking, because it is a very serious and risky surgery, but taking into account all that Anthony has done so far, the fact that he will continue to mutilate his body is not at all surprising, because, as he himself said, he has been obsessed with transformations of this type since he was a child.
What he does with his appearance shocks the public, so when he walks down the street many people run away from him in fear. However, he is persistent in his idea to continue making corrections to his body and installing various implants in order to resemble an alien as much as possible. Sometimes it happens to him that he is asked not to sit on the terrace of a restaurant because his appearance scares the other guests, which does not bother him at all, so he always listens to the owners of the restaurant and moves away from the terrace to a more secluded place in order to dine in peace.
As much as he might be mesmerized by his fixation on the black alien he has morphed into and will apparently continue to morph into, he has admitted that he is in a lot of pain on a daily basis and said that it is difficult for him to speak after removing his upper lip. During a live Q&A session on Instagram, Anthony said he dreams of removing his skin and replacing it with metal.
When we think that we have seen everything and that nothing can surprise us anymore, this world always surprises us with something new, some new bizarreness that manages to shock us. Social networks and appearances on them greatly contribute to such exhibitionist performances by individuals who do miracles for the sake of their followers, just in order to have as large an audience as possible and to provide that audience with what it expects from them. Anthony Loffredo is a living example of how far one can go and how extreme an approach one can take in the overwhelming desire to gain public attention.
The man literally mutilated himself to prove to his audience that he was serious and wanted to be a black alien. Does this make him happy on a personal level is another issue, and we will never know for sure, although he keeps saying that his transformations help him understand this world. Does he regret everything he had done to himself so far? We wonder – has the virtual world taken off too much? Too many individuals have completely devoted their lives to their virtual personalities and all they do throughout the day is coming up with new ideas to delight and shock their followers or make them laugh. One thing is certain – it is not a real world, but an imaginary world, a simulation of imaginary reality. People have literally moved into their imaginations, which they project to the public through social networks, giving new generations ideas on how to follow in those footsteps. Indoctrination through the media (films, series, video games) was more than successful in this case. What a crazy world we live in.