“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. I’m fighting to get my name back.”
Guess who said this. Go ahead. Guess. YOU WILL NEVER GUESS.
Of course it was Paula Deen. Of course she talked about just wanting to be known as herself, a human being, without any qualifiers on her identity, by making sure to point out that “that football player” is black. Because otherwise we never would’ve been able to figure out who she was talking about!
But yes, obviously Paula knows how Michael Sam feels. Being called a racist, corrupt business owner because you’re a racist, corrupt business owner is exactly like being an openly gay athlete trying to navigate a sports culture that celebrates a very limited definition of masculinity. They’re practically twins!