Is Paula Deen Racist? Refers to Michael Sam As ‘That Black’ Gay Footballer; Twitter Reactions

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By Keerthi Mohan | February 28, 2014 7:08 PM EST

Celebrity cook Paula Deen has an unusual way of showing people that she has moved away from being a racist – by referring to Michael Sam as "that black football player who recently came out.”

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Deen, whose career nearly went under after admitting to using racial slurs in the past, told People magazine in an interview that she was trying to rebuild her career, and her struggle was similar to that of Sam’s.

"I feel like 'embattled' or 'disgraced' will always follow my name," she told People, according to reports. "It's like that black football player who recently came out."

"He (Sam) 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."

These comments seem to be having the exact opposite to what Deen would have liked, for social networking sites have once again started calling her a bigot.


Deen’s career as a celebrity chef imploded last year after admitting to using a racial slur in the ‘80s. Following the controversy, The Food Network cancelled her show, and decided against renewing her contract stating that the company does not tolerate discrimination.

Deen tried to justify her actions saying America was a different place during the 80s, and that racism was prevalent at that time. She also blamed her southern upbringing for her racially-charged comments.

"During a deposition where she swore to tell the truth, Ms. Deen recounted having used a racial epithet in the past, speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today," a statement released by Deen’s public relations team noted, according to multiple reports.

"She was born 60 years ago when America's South had schools that were segregated, different bathrooms, different restaurants and Americans rode in different parts of the bus. This is not today."

Since the scandal, Deen has been working tirelessly to rebuild her brand, and recently announced the setting up of a new company, Paula Deen Ventures, and a restaurant, Paula Deen's Kitchen, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Deen also told People that she has learned that certain words have the potential to hurt and offends others. But, from the looks of it, Deen will have to work at mincing words.

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