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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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1.

Jeems    

I love this old woman. Preach sista preach!

203 days ago
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amazinglybored    

Jesus, just shut up, Paula.

203 days ago
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mikefield_77    

She's not a racist, but she is a complete moron. Don't drag anybody else into your situation, especially someone like Michael Sam, who odd having no problems being accepted.

203 days ago
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Mr. Pukey    

What lesson?? What did this women REALLY do so wrong?? She is old and from the south. If saying the "N" word is the worst she has done then WTF?? While you are clicking the hate button on my comment do some soul searching and see if you are better than her.

203 days ago
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Canadasux    

Luv PD. But, she seems more stupid than a bag of rocks. Shut up, already! You seem so intent on throwing yourself back into the hole you were just dug out of. Please shut up!

203 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

" Sam wants to be known as a football player, not a gay football player"

So you refer to him as "that black football player" LOL

203 days ago
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tym    

had she just made a rap song she could say that crazy ol word as many times as she wants.

203 days ago
8.

Cool Papa    

The fact she felt the need to throw "black" in there proves the point she will never even realize what kind of bigot she truly is.

203 days ago
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tym    

so we can point out the sexual preference but not the race? unless he is the "first black" to do any number of things then we can say the race?

203 days ago
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Youphemism    

Can you blame her? They look so similar, I can't tell those two apart. No doubt during his first year in the NFL we'll be hearing scads of sports announcers making the same faux pas: "Touchdown Paula Deen!"

203 days ago
11.

HumanNature    

PAULA DEEN


STFU

203 days ago
12.

That Girl    

God, TMZ, you're absolutely freaking stupid. She said he's black because he IS. It's called "description." Sometimes you people sound like you just graduated kindergarten.

203 days ago
13.

Dave    

I have really good advice for Paula; shut up and cook. You have terrible management if they think the things your saying are a good idea.

Really? You're like a gay, black football player. Perhaps you should stay out of the cooking sherry for a while.

203 days ago
14.

MrsK    

That butter hole that you call a mouth has gotten you into enough controversies ......Zip it Paula!!

203 days ago
15.

AllAmerican    

She's not the brightest for sure

203 days ago
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