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Paula Deen

I'm Just Like That Gay Black Football Player

2/27/2014 11:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Paula Deen has an odd way of proving she's not a racist -- she just dropped a metaphor ... comparing her n-word scandal to "that black football player who recently came out" ... aka NFL prospect Michael Sam.

Deen says she and Sam are in a similar struggle for acceptance ... because she feels like "embattled" or "disgraced" will always follow her name. 

She told People magazine ... Sam wants to be known as a football player, not a gay football player -- and to drive home her point, she added, "I know exactly what he's saying."

Okay ... the obvious issues: What does Sam's race have to do with anything? And does she really want to compare her use of a racial slur to someone being gay?

Critics have been ripping Paula with comments like, "Maybe Michael Sam could compare himself to "that white, fat, redneck TV chef who used the n-word."

So we gotta ask ...

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31.

Nememe    

Paula shut up and get yourself a PR person

147 days ago
32.

CLINT    

Funny how people who visit a site that thrives on racism gets angry when someone is labled a racist. This site promotes racism to the fullest. It has nothing to do with outing them, it has to do with getting everyone angry so they can spew out their own form a racist remarks. Crap site.

147 days ago
33.

Gary    

Stupid old woman.....how do you compare being born gay with becoming a loud mouth idiot? Man, she is stupid!.

147 days ago
34.

Glenda     

The idiot just can't help herself, the foot you keep sticking in your mouth should sticking out of your a$$ by now.

147 days ago
35.

verlinda    

Paula Paula, put a stick of butter in your mouth, and STFU !!!

147 days ago
36.

D    

Leave her alone!!!!!!!!!!

147 days ago
37.

HilleeB    

Paula, when you learn to just STFU?

147 days ago
38.

HilleeB    

BTW, Paula, you looked better fat.

147 days ago
39.

Marc    

Amazing all the people who failed reading comprehension that are commenting. Just as Sam wants to be known as a football player and not a "gay" football player, Paula Deen wants to be known as a celebrity chef(cook) and not the celebrity chef(cook) who used the "n-word".
The point is her using the n-word doesn't affect her cooking skills and Sam being gay doesn't affect his football skills.

147 days ago
40.

jripz    

What Harvey said is what I believe. I was raised back in the day when Blacks didn't even go to school with Whites. It changed when I was in Middle School.. To this day I still use the N-word from just growing up and it being said,not out of malice just habit.. That's what we said in the 60's. Paula Deen is close to my age. I forgive her cause she didn't mean anything by it. And saying black football player was described that way because aren't there some white gay players,too.

147 days ago
41.

Lucky_130    

Despite the article, I think Paula makes a really good point

147 days ago
42.

Sam1234    

Is she trying to look like miley? It's close...

147 days ago
43.

ariesalyson    

I am so sick of people bullying Paula Deen!! She is such a sweet person. I actually met her. So what if she used a racial slur at one point. She was truthful about it and her reasoning. Wasn't she robbed?

147 days ago
44.

Craig    

Except she's not gay ... or black ...

But apart from that!

ROFL

147 days ago
45.

jen    

Paula makes it worse everytime she opens her mouth. She has no common sense. She needs to just shut up.

147 days ago
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