Paula Deen is back in the news, on the cover of People Magazine this week. The reality TV star is set to make a comeback after losing most of her endorsements last year, after admitting to using the N-Word. (There was so much more to it, including reports of a hostile work environment for minorities at her restaurants, but the media focus has been on her use of the N Word).
Paula is back in the spotlight after signing a $75 million to $100 million deal with private investment firm Najafi Companies. “I’m fighting to get my name back,” she said of her comeback.
But if you ever questioned the cluelessness of the disgraced Food Network star, question no more! In her latest go-round of mea culpa, she actually compares herself to Michael Sam, the college football player who recently came out as gay. Nope. I am not kidding.
“I feel like ’embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out,” she tells People, referring to NFL prospect Michael Sam. “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.”
She couldn’t even be bothered to refer to Sam by name. Hey those black football players all look alike anyway, don’t they? And how is her situation–being shunned after admitting to using racist slurs–the same as Sam’s? He’s being shunned in some quarters for simply revealing that he’s a gay man. He’s literally waging a noble fight–opening doors for gay athletes in pro sports. She’s an idiot racist who brought trouble on herself and is not the victim she thinks she is.
“Some people said I never apologized. If anyone did not hear me, I want to apologize,” she told People. “I would never ever hurt anyone intentionally. Never!” No, she’s just a clueless, narcissistic jerk who will likely never change.
Paula is also miffed that Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, skated through his own racism and homophobia scandal without barely a scratch. “It’s amazing that some people are given passes and some people are crucified,” Paula said. Well, if your TV shows on the Food Network had higher ratings, you’d probably still be there. Also, if you had been actively courting the religious right, like the Robertsons, you probably would have had better luck.
Annoyingly, Paula’s comeback will probably work. Nearly a year has passed, people forget. And there has always been a contingent of fans who didn’t think her use of racial slurs was a big deal. She’ll never amass the endorsements she once had, but she’ll probably be back on television and selling books sooner rather than later.
Via E News