Paula Deen: My Public Struggle is Like That of Gay NFL Hopeful Michael Sam

Posted Thursday February 27, 2014 1:30 PM GMT

She’s never been accused of having a filter so it’s no wonder Paula Deen is once again facing criticism for her careless words.

The disgraced southern chef told People magazine that trying to repair her public image after her racist allegations is similar to the struggle faced by Michael Sam, an NFL hopeful who recently revealed that he’s gay.

Paula explained, "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."

Painfully, Deen continued, "I was obsessed with the person America had confused me with -- after I had lived my life so clean and open. It's amazing that some people are given passes and some are crucified. I have a whole new empathy for these situations, though. My dad always told me, believe half of what you see and none of what you hear."

Would somebody please hire Paula a publicist?!

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