Paula Deen Compares Her Struggles to ‘That Black Football Player’ Michael Sam

paula-deen-michael-samSome people just shouldn’t speak in public.  Well, at least not without a carefully crafted speech choreographed to avoid making them look like a complete idiot.

And I think it’s pretty clear that Paula Deen is one of those people.

I’m sure most of you reading this are well aware of Ms. Deen’s struggles last summer when it became public that she was somewhat of a racist.  Reports of her use of the “n-word” and desire for “slave themed” banquets quickly took down the Southern cooking icon.

Upon this news being made public she was pretty much dumped by any business that had an association with her.

But this is the United States.  In this country, we’re often open to giving people a second chance.  So it was just a matter of time before Paula Deen resurfaced to try to repair the damage she had done to her name and to her brand.

Well, that time seems to be quickly approaching as she’s been offered a $75-100 million investment for some kind of new cooking venture.  This news, of course, puts her back in the public eye for the first time in months.

And she just couldn’t help but make a fool of herself once again.

In an interview with People Magazine that will hit newsstands Friday, Deen ridiculously compared her “struggles” to those of Michael Sam – the NFL prospect who recently came out as being a homosexual.  An admission which, if drafted into the NFL (as he’s projected to be) would make him the NFL’s first openly gay athlete.

Deen said:

I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. 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.”

So she’s saying her choice to be a racist is the same as Michael Sam being born a homosexual?  And wait, did she just compare being a racist to being a homosexual?

And what does him being black have to do with anything?  She could have easily just said, “Like that football player who recently came out.”  What does the fact that he’s black have to do with anything?

If you’re trying to repair your image as a racist by pointing out the fact that someone is black, when it has absolutely nothing to do with what you’re talking about, you’re gonna have a bad time.

Then the fact that she’s trying to compare her “struggles” that were completely caused by her own ignorance to that of someone who’s a proud gay man.  Michael Sam didn’t choose to be gay, but Paula Deen chose to be racist.

The reason why people will label her has a racist is because that was her choice.  That’s why, to many, she’ll forever carry around that label.  Michael Sam shouldn’t have to “carry around” the fact that he’s gay because other people can’t accept him for who he is. Being gay isn’t the same as being a racist.  Being gay doesn’t change who someone is.  That’s why Michael Sam doesn’t want to be known as the “gay football player” – because something that wasn’t of his choosing has nothing to do with who he is on the football field.

But when someone chooses to be a racist, that does tell a lot about a person’s character.

The fact that this woman would actually compare her situation to that of Michael Sam, the “black football player,” just goes to show how little Paula Deen actually gets it – and sadly she probably never will.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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