Paula Deen: I’m Just Like Michael Sam!

Former Food Network star Paula Deen compared herself to gay pro-football prospect Michael Sam in an interview with People Magazine, to be posted tomorrow. “I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name,” Deen 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.” Hmm. Deen lost her show and several endorsements following the revelation that she regularly used a racist slur. I don’t see how that compares with Michael Sam‘s situation. Deen isn’t black or gay — she didn’t become embattled because of something she is but because of something she did. Big difference. Don’t count her out though: she’s raised a heap o’ money for a new project.

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