The founder of Papa John’s is in trouble AGAIN for insensitive comments about race. The founder of the pizza chain John Schnatter decided to use the N-Word on a conference cal recently.
According to reports:
Papa John’s had a deal with marketing agency, Laundry Service. They were chatting with the marketers about avoiding future public-relations fuck-ups, which is an iconic part of this story. Gotta love when you create the situation you’re trying to avoid. Poetry. While participating in some sort of role-playing exercises, Papa John revealed how he should be called Papa Racism.
He then tried to bring Colonel Sanders from KFC into the mix:
After trying to downplay some of his previous comments about NFL players protesting police brutality, Papa John tried to show how not racist he is by saying: “Colonel Sanders called blacks n—–s” and lamenting how Sanders never had to do any “How To Not Be A Racist” role-plays. Colonel Sanders died in 1980; I’m pretty sure if the Colonel was alive in 2018 saying the N-word would be one of the least racist things he’d be accused of doing.
Papa John continued being socially conscious and aware by reflecting on life in Indiana as a kid, saying that African-Americans used to be dragged from trucks until they died. His intention with that horrifying flashback was to show how much he hated racism, but a source revealed that multiple people on the call felt the opposite. They found the comments were leaning more pro-racism than against. After the call the agency’s owner, Casey Wasserman, said “Fuck this” and called to terminate the contract with Papa John’s.
Schnatter himself confirmed the allegations saying:“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true. Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”
I stopped eating Papa John’s after dude’s first racial outburst about the NFL players…. So this is more fuel to the fire for me.