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.


Facebook comments

  • stef fernald

    sad…..shut up paula.

  • Bravo to the Brave

    I know a few people from the Southern part of the U.S., and I cannot lie, almost all of them are racist, homophobic, extreme-right, conservatives. I swear they grow up that way, and you cannot “pray it out of them”, just like you cannot “pray the gay away”. I, once again, cannot lie here: These people from the South that I know, are some of my least favorite people. Sorry, but I am just being honest here..

    • Wesley Edward Antrim

      Nothin to apologize about. I live in the south, and I can’t stand most of these rednecks.

    • ALso, they are by far the majority of people dependent on Federal Welfare, the hypocrites.

  • Sunny Ray

    She is just fantastic in her stupidity.

    • Pipercat

      Deep fried, buttered and smothered in confectioner’s sugar fantastic!

      • Sunny Ray

        + 1 😉

  • SCBlueWoman

    Clueless rube….

  • Teri Lynne Miller

    I would say she did not choose to be racist. She was raised racist. She chooses now whether or not to change that programing. I would also say she’s not very bright.

    • Gary Smith

      She’s choosing to *stay* a racist.

      I born in small town Arkansas in the 60s, and raised by a family in which “soft” bigotry was the norm. Nothing virulent or frothing, just the common attitude of that place and time.

      And I pretty much stayed that way until I joined the Army in the 80s, where I was (for all intents and purposes) exposed to different races and cultures for the first time. It opened my eyes about a lot of things, not the least of which was that these attitudes I’d grown up with didn’t really reflect what I was seeing around me.

      The transition wasn’t an overnight thing, by any means. But by the time I got out of the Army, I was far along the path to breaking away from the bigotry that I’d absorbed from my surroundings.

      I chose to stop acting and believing in a way that I’d found out were wrong. Paula Deen could do that, if she wanted to. She doesn’t.

      • Sunny Ray

        You should write a book and spread it where you are from 😉

  • jchastn

    Paula Deen is from the South. Unfortunately, in my experience, the only white southerners who I have met who are NOT racist are the gay southerners. Sorry, but it is true. The gay ones have the racism knocked out of them at a young age.

    • Jade

      Not all straight white Southerners are racist. It’s just that those of us that aren’t don’t make the news.

  • Jax

    No she is saying she wants to be remembered for her cooking and not for media biased attention.. Yes she may have needed to word it better but her using the football player was her way of giving props to a black man.. Sometimes if you try to understand not everyone was born with the gift if eloquent speech then you won’t be so quick to find the bad in people who are in their own way trying to make up for the wrong they have done! I bet you have a squeaky clean closet that’s why it’s so easy for you to judge in the high throne of yours!!

    • Jeffrey Zamora

      You are the biggest moron or the dumbest troll on here if you actually believe any of the ridiculous nonsense that you just spewed.

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      Yes I can see what she was trying to say too. She didn’t want that label to be stuck on her. She had a terrible method of getting that thought out.

  • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

    I also live in the south, although I am not from here originally. I also have friends who are racists even though they would deny it—some of them—to the bitter end. It comes out in so many things they say even though they don’t come right out and say the words. They are extremely conservative, right wing believers of everything they hear on fox news and would vote for a republican even if it were a tomato. They spout information as if it is the gospel truth but cannot tell you how they know this information. I’ve never been a huge politically involved person but what is happening now in our country is so sad to me that I can hardly stand it.

    • Pat

      Sad, and extremely horrifying is the idea that it looks like they will never change. How can the younger generations in the South turn this around when they are spoon-fed this crap from birth?

  • Edward Krebbs

    To me, the worst part is that she has what may be a valid point, but totally blows it by never learning. Specifically, you’d think after the past few months she might have been shy about saying that black player when all she had to say was that Missouri player who identified himself (or even “came out” would have been OK).

  • I’m sure FOX News will stick up for Paula, *vehemently*.

  • Judy Jackson

    Paula needs to NOT talk about anything other than how much butter goes into making perfect mashed potatoes.

  • Sarah Hill Emmert

    STOP….the best way to kill racism is not to acknowledge it…and stop “reading” between the lines….on anythinbg aqnd everything someone says…