“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." - Paula Deen, speaking to People Magazine."
(Just for Ms. Deen's future publicity stunts, "that gay football player" has a name. His name is Michael Sam.)