Paula Deen is doing what she can to make her comeback from a scandal, but is learning she is going to have to watch what she says if she hopes to win back her fans. The celebrity chef gave an interview to People magazine and didn't hold back. She compared her fight to Michael Sam's, a football player who recently came out as gay.
"I feel like 'embattled' or 'disgraced' will always follow my name. It's like that black football player who recently came out," Deen told the magazine. "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."
While Deen's intention may have been in the right place, her words were not. For someone whose downfall was started by racist remarks, the comments only add to the drama that has followed her over the last year. Deen told People she is just "fighting to get my name back."
"I just wish you guys would see me as Michael Sam the football player instead of Michael Sam the gay football player," Sam told reporters shortly after making his announcement (via The New York Daily News).
Deen lost contracts and sponsorships after admitting to using the N-word. The admission came during a deposition she had to give as part of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former manager.
"When I woke up each morning, it was like my world was crashing down again," she said.
Less than a year after the news was initially reported, Deen is working to get her name and her empire back. But she also knows there are worse things in life than losing your fortune.
"I used to have dreams that I lost everything," she told People. "And when it finally happens, you think, 'I'm still alive.'"
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