TV chef Paula Deen is trying to rebuild her brand and credibility following allegations of racism by a former employee, but she's not going the right way about it.
In an upcoming interview with People magazine, Deen compares herself to Michael Sam, but not in a manner that will please her publicist or PR team.
Deen refers to Sam as "that black football player" in the piece, not ideal for someone trying to regain her celebrity status following racist allegations and admittance that she has used racially derogatory slurs such as the N word in the past.
From the article:
“I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out,” says Deen, 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.”
The comments cap off what was an eventful media week for Sam, who participated in the NFL Combine and also responded to D.C. lobbyist Jack Burkman’s attempt to create legislation to ban gay players from the NFL.
The defensive end said exactly what he thought about Burkman and his chances with the legislation, tweeting “Jack Burkman is going to need a Delorian, not some bogus bill, if he wants to prevent gay athletes from being in the locker room.”