Paula Deen compares herself to Michael Sam, AKA ‘that black football player who came out’

Paula-DeenPaula Deen always seems to make magic happen when she talks about sensitive issues. And by magic, I mean she is the queen of making cringe-worthy comments. She made another one during a recent interview with People Magazine by comparing herself to Michael Sam.

Last summer, Deen was the subject of a lawsuit that alleged she made derogatory remarks regarding African Americans in the presence of a woman who had African American family members. While the suit was later dismissed, Deen admitted that she has used the N-word at times and blamed it on growing up in the 1960s in the south. Her reputation hasn’t been the same since.

Deen told People that she is fighting to restore her image and curb the public’s negative opinion of her. She may have taken a step back.

“I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name,” she said. “It’s like that black football player who recently came out. He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.”

Deen’s point was that she does not want to be known as a racist for things she said decades ago, but how that relates to Sam’s situation is beyond us.  First of all, the fact that Sam is a black football player has absolutely nothing to do with his having come out as gay. That was mistake No. 1.

And secondly, Deen admitted to using racial slurs. Sam admitted he’s gay — not that he made a mistake and is seeking forgiveness. The 67-year-old just dug herself into a much deeper hole.

H/T The Wrap

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  • tlar

    Michael Sam is black. What’s wrong with saying “that black football player”? Or is saying “black” the same thing as saying “nigger” now?

  • Tyrone Shoelaces

    you know, for P.D. to admit she used the N word growing up IN THE SOUTH, IN THE SIXTIES, is not bad thing. facts are facts and there was a lot of racism in the south during that time. She should admit it because if she said she didn’t none of us would believe her.
    Last I checked Michael Sam is black and gay.
    There is no story here other than the one where the media continues to pick on Paula for allegedly being a racist.

  • Eric Montbleau

    You def dont get the issue here. Sam cant choose to be gay… Paula choose to make racist comments, they are hardley the same and shouldnt be compared to eachother

  • Ryan

    I believe the outrage is based int he fact that she mentioned his race in a context that was unnecessary. What does his race have to do with his situation?

  • Anthony13

    What does his sexuality have to o with his situation? I thought gay people didn’t want to be defined by their sexuality. I’m finding out differently.