Paula Deen compares her situation to ‘that black football player who recently came out’


As we discussed yesterday, Paula Deen covers this week’s issue of People Magazine. People only released the bare minimum from the cover story, which was a mistake. Other sites must have gotten their hands on the print edition because OMG, some of the quotes from Paula are just… Classic Paula. The Butter Queen has not changed. She has not learned. In the span of one People interview, she compares herself to Michael Sam, the NFL player who recently came out publicly. Or, as Paula calls him, “that black football player.” Because names aren’t important when you’re talking about black folk, amirite? Paula also compares herself to Phil Robertson too. BECAUSE OF COURSE SHE DID. Some additional highlights:

Comparing herself to Michael Sam: “I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out. 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 says she used a racial slur a “very long time ago.”

Apologizing: “Some people said I never apologized. If anyone did not hear me, I want to apologize. I would never ever hurt anyone intentionally. Never!”

Referencing Phil Robertson and Nigella Lawson: “It’s amazing that some people are given passes and some people are crucified. I have new empathy for these situations, though. My dad always told me, ‘Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.’”

[From The Wrap]

What annoys me the most? The fact that she’s comparing herself to Michael Sam or that she completely misinterprets the Phil Robertson situation? Of all of the comparisons to make, I think Paula to Phil Robertson is actually the most apt – Phil spoke his bigoted version of his gospel and he was called out for it. While many people were disgusted with Phil’s GQ interview, his fans rushed to his defense and the whole thing was barely a blip on the Duck Dynasty industry. Same with Paula – she said her piece, people reacted, she lost some money in the short-term, but people rushed to her defense and she’s still a kajillionaire who is still racking up endorsements and licensing agreements.

Does anyone else think that Paula is sort of shading Nigella too? I do. I think she’s like, “You gave Phil Robertson a hard time but not Nigella? Why is that?” It’s because Nigella was being railroaded by an abusive ex, Paula. Anyway, it’s pretty clear that Paula hasn’t changed at all. So my question is to all of the companies now lining up to work with Paula: do you really think that there isn’t going to be another eruption of racist, inappropriate or ridiculous behavior?


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  1. LadyMTL says:

    Yeaahhhh…I gave up on Paula Deen a long time ago. It seems like she’ll never learn and never truly understand why her actions and her words are so offensive.

    • blue marie says:

      + 1, she’s as clueless now as she was then.

      • mayamae says:

        Some people are just so out of touch, they are incapable of keeping their feet out of their mouths. Back in the day, Dan Quayle was criticized for being out of touch with minorities. I don’t recall the exact quote, but he defended himself by saying his Hispanic maid was a nice person. Absolutely clueless.

    • Chrissy says:

      Agree, I’m so sick of her persecution complex – she still doesn’t get it!

    • JudyK says:

      Ditto to all of the above comments.

      She was widely criticized for riding on Robert Irvine’s back (not to mention getting on her knees at the same event and licking his bare chest), and, yet, she did it AGAIN (the riding, not the licking) at the recent Food & Wine Festival. So unbecoming (and I am being kind). A “Lady” she ain’t.

      And then she tries to strengthen her case by comparing her troubles to the “BLACK football player”…being black had NOTHING to do with coming out. She is a MORON, and she is too stupid to learn from her past mistakes.

      Also sick of her persecution complex. And PEOPLE isn’t worth reading anymore…they never have the full story.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Personally, I think she DOES know and understand…she just doesn’t think she deserves any consequences for it. You could tell her obvious understanding and intentional dodge of the issues in her court testimony. She was told by an independent expert that her restaurants were violating many laws, subjecting women and minorities to discrimination, but she did NOTHING. She was in meetings where her brother showed p0rn to female employees, she received company emails where managers used racial slurs. Just because someone ignores something doesn’t mean she doesn’t know or doesn’t understand.

      I think she understands that her offenses were more than just about saying “one word” “a long time ago”. She is trying to reframe the situation under the guise of “simple folk ignorance”.

  2. QQ says:

    Bitch… What??? LOLOLOL This unaware ass deluded old Living Doll, She must be trolling to be trying to compare herself to a Black Person of any stripe

    • Tiffany27 says:

      Sit down and stay down Paula.

    • starrywonder says:

      Seriously I just shook my head. No self awareness at all.

    • Arock says:

      Queen of the troughs. I never understood why people stood up and clapped when all she did was deep fry a grill cheese. She’s basic, deeply deeply basic as shit. And as result she will behave that way.
      And how many teeth does she have? Is it more than the normal person, because she looks insane.

    • MaiGirl says:

      Seriously! Why doesn’t this basic bitch just shut the hell up and take her losses? She just keeps spouting clueless racist garbage–the more she speaks, the more damage she does. She still has her restaurants and sold out binge-and-barf food cruises, so she ain’t poor. DISAPPEAR, you backwards twit!

  3. Neffie says:

    People like her ALWAYS ultimately see themselves as the victims.She stays with her foot in her mouth.smh

  4. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    Is she comparing doing cocaine with being a racist? (re: Nigella) Seriously?! One is a bad idea, the other is a bad person.

    This woman is so freaking tone deaf, I can’t even. Stupid racist hick.

  5. aims says:

    The difference between Michael and Paula is, Michael is brave and Paula is a bigot.

  6. Lisa says:

    I read the headline and my eyes nearly rolled out of my head. Is she delusional?

  7. doofus says:

    my comment from yesterday stands.

    “aw, poor little rich, racist b*tch. life is SO hard for a rich white woman, ain’t it? boo hoo!”

    she clearly STILL DOESN’T GET IT. Intentional or no, asking your black “help” to dress as plantation slaves for a wedding, paying them in booze, etc…IS, in fact, HURTING them. but she doesn’t understand WHY that would be offensive. nope, she’ll NEVER get it. for her, it’s only about her using the racial slur, “a long time ago”.

  8. Jaderu says:

    With the ridiculous “that black football player” and being on the cover next to the George Stinney story, methinks People magazine is actually giving ol’ Paula just enough rope to hang herself with.
    She’s disgusting.

    • megs283 says:

      Yeah, they’re not idiots – they knew EXACTLY what she was saying and how she’d come across. Newsstand gold!!

    • Kiddo says:

      Yeah, didn’t you bring that up yesterday? It’s like a subliminal poke at her ridiculousness.

    • Dirtnap says:

      People Magazine and Paula: This cover is running during Black History Month? Seriously?

  9. Lily says:

    Oh God . Stop . Talking.

  10. ldub says:

    oh here come dis b*tch again. please have several seats.

  11. Square Bologna says:

    Is Paula trolling?! She really doesn’t get it!

  12. Wren says:

    Her colored contacts and veneers frighten me.

    • Size Does Matter says:

      Me, too. I think she and Katy Perry have the same face.

      Isn’t it a little soon for a comeback? Couldn’t she have just quietly enjoyed her millions a little longer before she started insulting and offending people again?

  13. Jenny says:

    I think Michael Sam would likely be equally unhappy being known as “that black football player” as “that gay football player.” It’s pretty telling that she does not realize that.

    • Frida_K says:


      She needs to shove a stick of butter in her mouth and just shut the fleck up.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Exactly, Jenny!!!

    • Sam says:

      The crazy thing is that anybody with half a brain can realize that Michael Sam will NOT be the first gay man in the NFL – multiple players have been confirming for years that gay men have played. He’d merely be the first gay NFL player who doesn’t hide his sexuality. I don’t say “merely” to diminish the courage Sam has in coming out. Just pointing out that Paula and others sound so ignorant by calling him the “gay football player.” Like he’s one of a kind or something. Sam isn’t trying to be a stand-out; he’s made that clear. He’s trying to normalize homosexuality and show that it’s not threatening or weird.

      • Lily says:

        First *active* player. That’s why there is so much attention but that will end the moment he proves his athletic worth like every other player in the locker room

      • doofus says:

        yeah, part of me chuckles a bit when some homophobic professional sports player says something like “I don’t wanna be showering with any gay man, he might be looking at me” when this subject comes up.

        b*tch, please…you think there haven’t already been gay players who you showered with? just because you didn’t KNOW doesn’t mean they weren’t there.

      • Vanessa says:

        But you knew who she was talking about… Does that make everyone racist? OMG!

    • Mich says:

      It is a white Southern thing to always point out when people are black. There are “teachers” and “black teachers”, “restaurants” and “black restaurants”, “football players” and “black football players”, etc. Hellllooooo not-so-subtle segregation-era-speak.

      • NerdMomma says:

        No no no it is not. Please don’t lump all white southerners together. We are not all racist hillbillies. I have absolutely zero in common with Paula Deen, other than skin color and geographic location. No one in my town seems to feel the need to identify anyone by skin color. In fact, we do just fine by names, which is the smallest amount of respect Deen should have given Michael Sam- learn his name. She’s a fool.

      • Sugar says:

        No, it isn’t. I’ve lived in the South my whole life and rarely, if ever, hear anyone use qualifiers like that.

      • Mich says:

        BS. I grew up in the South. I know exactly what I am talking about. If you don’t hear it, you aren’t listening.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Mich, I live in the northeast, and people say exactly the same thing here when describing someone if they are black.

      • Vanessa says:

        I live in the northeast. I think some people will use an extra word to describe someone not like them. Ex- the black guy, that white girl, the Chinese mailman, etc…

    • Green Eyes says:

      ^^^^ Were My Thoughts Exactly^^^^^
      + 10000

    • GirlyGirl says:

      Are we sure she used the word black?

  14. PunkyMomma says:

    Go away, Paula. Just go.

  15. Kiddo says:

    This is the last I’m giving any attention, because she deserves none, but why are these people always comparing themselves to Jesus? I’m agnostic toward atheist, but at least from biblical stories, Jesus wasn’t hung up on a cross because he said, or did terrible things, about/to women, black people or gays. You hear this same refrain from George Zimmerman about crucifixion. What’s up with this god complex?

    Oh my y’all, I’m so persecuted for persecuting.

    • HappyMom says:

      They always completely misinterpret what Jesus said and did. The lesson is that he stood with those who were persecuted and judged-the underdogs, poor, the prostitutes and then questioned the status quo. He wouldn’t be aligning himself with the Phil Robertsons and the Paula Deens.

      • doofus says:

        AMEN! I am SO TIRED of so-called Christians who behave in a MOST un-Christian way.

        “what would Jesus do?”, indeed. Jesus would fight for those being persecuted, he wouldn’t be doing the persecuting.

      • Christin says:

        Agree. Jesus did not turn away from people. I know people similar to Paula and Phil who distort of ignore this and will only associate with those who attend their church or denomination. Judgy as can be, and nothing is their fault when they make a mistake.

      • Christin says:

        Correction to above post: “(They) distort *or* ignore this.”

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Agnostic to atheist?
      Come on…go Full-Atheist, kiddo…what are you waiting for?

      Come join *deep ominous voice* The Dark Side….
      ….it’s like a huge hedonistic party over here-lots of beer and sex and the typical derelict behavior of the Godless.

      After all, we are just ships without rudders in Atheist Land.

      • Kiddo says:

        Hey you! You left us flat. Where’ve ya been? Yeah, I’m pretty much atheist but I leave open the possibility of something just because I don’t know everything. I certainly don’t consider it the dark side.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Sadly, I’ve been working 🙁
        I’m getting swamped over here…but I’ve missed you and my other faves.

        You sound like an agnostic friend of mine-he has a very open-minded attitude towards religion–additionally, he’s a big philosopher. I can see how there would be a connection between the two.
        Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence and agnostic is defined as “a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena.”

        I attribute both to a rather broad-minded and tolerant way of thinking.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        TOK, should we make t-shirts? Might bring a few people over to the dark side a bit quicker!

        Just curious…have you been watching True Detective at all? Their dialogue about religion is entertaining.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      “I’m so persecuted for persecuting. ”

      Can I borrow this phrase in the future, because it makes the point so well!

  16. MrsBPitt says:

    Please, please, please go away and stay away, Paula! Phony, offensive, racist…only sorry for herself…”why’s everybody always picking on me”…

  17. Maureen says:

    “That black football player”, oh Lord, she just doesn’t get it.

    • Jen says:

      Aww, you guys are just being too harsh on poor ole Paula. At least she did not call him “that colored football player”. She is at least trying to be au courant in her ignorance.

  18. dizzylucy says:

    Clearly she’s learned nothing if she felt it was fine to refer to Michael Sam as “that black football player” instead of bothering to learn his name, or simply not mention his race, which has nothing to do with him coming out. And I’d love to see how she draws that comparison – he’s being brave and true to himself in the face of possible discrimination, and she’s…”embattled” because her nasty nature came out and people didn’t poo-poo it and continue to throw money at her for a few months? STFU. And boo on People mag for giving her a platform to cry victim.
    I don’t get her Nigella comparison at all, but she and the duck guy are two peas in a pod. And both deserve every ounce of scorn they got.

  19. Patricia says:

    If he was white would she have said “that white football player”? This is the problem, Paula. It’s obvious that you have racism issues that are deep rooted in your personality. You don’t even see that it’s even apparent in your everyday language.

  20. Sleepyjane says:

    Oh good god. She needs someone standing backstage with one of those giant cane/hook things to yank her by the neck and out of sight.

  21. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    And WHY is it necessary to refer to him as “that BLACK football player,” you stupid, clueless waste of butter?

  22. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Ok, Paula, you can officially be known as “that white racist cook.” Oh, sorry, just “that racist cook.”

    The thing that makes me sad is the insincerity and greed of the sponsors in the cases of Paula Deen and Duck Dynasty. They didn’t really care, and they weren’t really offended by the outrageous remarks, but they thought it would be good press to pretend they were when the backlash began. But when both parties started to receive sympathy, and the sponsors saw that a sizable number of people actually supported these losers, they backed off and became all about freedom of speech and second chances.

    I think a big part of that is the way both cases were reported. People are so lazy. I have heard so many people say, well she only said the “n” word once, a long time ago, or “Phil R just says the Bible is against homosexuality.” There was a lot more to each of these stories. I feel very discouraged by this news that she’s back to make more stupid, hurtful remarks.

    • Kiddo says:

      Some of the people who love her do so precisely because of her world views, not in spite of them. So there is a market for her that never left.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Right. I’m just saying it makes me sick that the Sponsors pretended to care until they realized what you said is true. Then they just welcomed them back with open arms. It was always about the money.

      • Tellie says:

        I wouldn’t rush to hang anyone who is a fan of hers. That sounds awfully judgmental. They might disagree with some of her personal viewpoints or her lifestyle, but still enjoy reading her books.

      • Kiddo says:

        If you are responding to me, you didn’t read what I wrote, “Some of the people who love her…”. If you had read any comments around the internet after the first round of Paula, it was clear as day that some people were racist assholes who were defending her. If some stranger loves her personally, not her books specifically, in spite of the crap she’s said, they should then check themselves for values and viewpoints. I stand by that and it may be judgement, but I think it is good judgement.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I’m not sure it’s unfair to judge someone who buys her products knowing what kind of person she is. I can’t separate the person from the product so easily. She will never get a dime from me.

  23. Stephanie says:

    She needs to totally, completely STFU about race. Period.

  24. bns says:

    F*ck off already.

    Never thought I’d see the day when Rachael Ray would be more tolerable than Paula Deen.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Me, neither. I feel like such a jerk because I’ve never watched Paula Deen’s show or anything, but I really thought she was nice. And even more embarrassing, I thought she was, not smart exactly, but pulled herself up by her bootstraps kind of smart. So much for my instincts about people.

  25. Jayna says:

    Paula, Paula, Paula, just stop talking, stop giving interviews. Just cook and do your thing, stick to talking about your cornbread recipe or your latest cookbook or whatever, and whatever fan base you have left can buy your stuff. But I would suggest you stop trying to explain your situation, because it’s a big fat fail. And you dig yourself deeper with interviews like these because you are truly clueless and ignorant.

    Her publicist trying to rehab her image must be pulling his/her hair out after this or they just got fired.

  26. Nerd Alert says:

    Wow. Seriously? This bitch deserves every ounce of hate she gets. The thing is, this would have been so much more shocking had we not known what a horrible bigot she is already. First she says “that black football player,” and then compares herself to Nigella? NO.

    Nigella was abused, Paula, and YOU are an abuser. Period. Disgusting, this woman.

  27. Sam says:

    She just can’t stop, can she?

    This is just more evidence to me that she really, truly, at the end of the day simply does not get it. She doesn’t understand what she’s done wrong. If she really got it, she wouldn’t be attempting to compare herself to anyone – least of all a black man. She’d be apologizing, owning her own nasty behavior and trying to build herself back up. But this to me is just more proof that she really, truly doesn’t get what she did wrong.

    • Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

      But slave-powered farms–sorry, “plantations”–are just the height of elegance, don’t you see?

  28. AG says:


    stfu, you bigot.

  29. Dimebox says:

    I wish this irritating, foolish, racist, butter-coated bitch would hush up and disappear!

  30. Lucinda says:

    I literally started laughing out loud when I read your headline because it was so ridiculous. The part that annoys me the most though is her flippant, “Let me say it again if you didn’t hear me the first time, I’m sorry” bit because she doesn’t really apologize. IF I hurt someone? You can tell she honestly doesn’t have any idea what she did wrong and why someone sued her restaurant. Gah! She just infuriates me!

  31. RB says:

    Paula reminds me of Farrah Abraham, who I just read about on this site. Both of them see themselves as victims of circumstances, rather than as women who have deliberately chosen certain paths and financially benefitted from their choices. They are both completely dishonest to the core. Yet some people still admire them and continue to offer them paid work. That’s more discouraging to me. I do wish that people like them would stop having the spotlight focused on them, and that more deserving people would get that money and attention.

  32. Christin says:

    Guess what, y’all? It was announced this week she’s opening up a new PD’s Kitchen in the Great Smokies area (same town as Dollywood).

    Gotta keep makin’ that money, y’all. Got two boys to help keep up.

    As a disclaimer, I was raised in the South. And I am amazed she did so well with those recipes, which are from a time when people worked fields and farms most if not all day. My grandparents ate her type of cooking and lived many years. But then again, they and others who lived that way burned probably two to three times the calories that most of us do in a day.

    • Vampi says:

      @ Daisyfly said:”As a disclaimer, I was raised in the
      South. And I am amazed she did so
      well with those recipes, which are
      from a time when people worked
      fields and farms most if not all day.
      My grandparents ate her type of cooking and lived many years. But
      then again, they and others who
      lived that way burned probably two
      to three times the calories that
      most of us do in a day.”
      EXCELLENT POINT! ( oh…and PD is a azz!)

  33. Lindsey says:

    I heard, ‘that black girl,’ from the parents of a couple of my white friends in middle school. Like, they couldn’t even bother to learn or remember my name even though I’d been in their houses for dinner and sleep overs.

  34. Peppa says:

    Did some PR person tell her to make this comparison? Big mistake. Huge. And to refer to him as that black football player??? THAT BLACK FOOTBALL PLAYER???!!! I just can’t even. She is most definitely a rancid tub of lard.

    • HappyMom says:

      I would pay to be sitting in that PR agency as they’re all rocking in a catatonic position and weeping.

  35. daisyfly says:

    Sure, she’s just like Michael Sam. I mean, aren’t lobbyists trying to get bills passed that ban people like her from being on television, owning restaurants, and selling stuff in stores? Aren’t state legislators right now trying to allow people the right to discriminate against her because of their religious beliefs? Aren’t there organizations in this country with money and power trying to make it illegal to be a white woman? Didn’t a fraternity just get suspended for putting a noose on the statue of Susan B. Anthony? Didn’t Alabama vote last year ( or the year before ) to keep segregation of white women from the rest of society on the books, even though the civil rights act supersedes it?

    Yup, just like “that black football player that came out”.

  36. bluhare says:

    Just to get shallow for a minute . . . but looks like she used her time off to get a facelift.

  37. TX says:

    Dear Paula, Stop Talking. People will forgive and forget, but you have to let them forget. Stop talking and digging yourself a bigger hole.

    There. I just gave her better advice than the publicists she is surly paying a fortune for, and it was free.

  38. joan says:

    She’ll keep running her mouth till she says something that totally destroys her. Comparing herself to Sam that way stinks.

  39. Joh says:

    Common as pig tracks…..

  40. whateveryouwantittobe says:

    Uhh.. I think that was her trying to sound P.C.

  41. Skye says:

    PEOPLE seems as tone-deaf as Paula, both with their choice of cover and the headline. The “toll” it took? I’d be more interested to see them do an interview with one of Paula’s black former employees, and discuss the toll it took having to dress up like a GWTW re-enactment and play pickaninny so some crazy, rich, dumb-as-a-box-of-hair Butter Queen can pretend it’s 1858. There’s crappy jobs, and then there’s THAT. All I can as is, whatever weight/bad cholesterol that woman gains is a BARGAIN price for the damage control of keeping her mouth too full to speak.

  42. prayforthewild says:

    Can PD kindly STFU now? If she hadn’t already offended everyone, who isn’t as bigoted as her, already then she sure as hell has now. I really wish she would stop insisting that she has the right to be famous, just go away and ‘suffer’ with your millions you bigot!

  43. annieanne says:

    So my question is to all of the companies now lining up to work with Paula: do you really think that there isn’t going to be another eruption of racist, inappropriate or ridiculous behavior?

    I’d be willing to bet that the majority of the companies lining up sign her are the same companies still advertising on Duck Dynasty — companies with markets largely in the rural south where a history of bigotry isn’t going to hurt them.

  44. Lisa says:

    Yeah, this corn-fed fool would.

  45. LAK says:

    Shameless. Can’t shame someone who has no shame.

  46. Miss Melain says:

    OMG! Do you think perhaps she thinks by saying “black” instead of using a racial slur she’s showing growth? Whatever the case, she just outed herself as deeply and unapologetically racist.

  47. lasagna jones says:

    “i just want to be known as a football player. i don’t want to be known as a gay football player”…. OR A BLACK FOOTBALL PLAYER? …MAYBE? jesus Paula, way to not get it. please buy some manners or some decent PR training

  48. Green Eggs & Ham says:

    Paula will be fine.

  49. dahlianoir says:

    At least, she didn’t call him n***er, so baby steps I guess :/

  50. NeNe says:

    She must be one of the stupidest people in the world. She is a complete moron!

  51. GirlyGirl says:

    I wonder if the Gay Black football player will say “I feel all like that diabetic white fat cow-lady who used the N-word all the time until she got caught and then went all weepy and tried to apologize”

  52. Matthew says:

    What a horrible person. She just doesn’t get it….. I mean referring to Michael Sam as “that black football player”? Names aren’t important? Do we all look alike? And lastly why are so many people sticking up for that ignorant twat?