Pro-Trump Founder of Papa John’s Pizza Uses N-Word On Company Conference Call
According to a report from Forbes, John Schnatter, who is the founder of Papa John’s pizza restaurant chain, used the N-word on a company conference phone call. The irony of the context is perfectly on point. The call was between Schnatter and the marketing agency Laundry Services.
In May, Schnatter participated in the call which was designed to be a role-playing opportunity that might help him avoid future public relations troubles. In November, Schnatter was widely criticized for getting involved in the NFL national anthem protest. He blamed the NFL for his company’s slower sales.
Schnatter was specifically asked on the call by the marketing firm, how he would distance himself from racist organizations online. His response demonstrated how racist he is at his core. He complained that his NFL comments got so much pushback. He said, “Colonel Sanders called blacks n*****s.” He whined that Sanders did not receive criticism for using the N-word.
Then Schnatter used the equivalent of the “but I have a black friend” excuse, arguing he could not be racist. He described his childhood in Indiana where black people were killed by white people. Apparently, the world should discount his blatantly racist comments because he could not possibly be a racist because he lived around racists as a child.
Many were offended by Schnatter’s comments. The marketing firm that participated in the conference call in an attempt to help Schnatter with his public relations failings has ended its relationship with Schnatter. They stopped working with the Papa John’s founder because of his comment on the May call.
Papa John’s issued a statement in response. The statement read, “Papa John’s condemns racism and any insensitive language, no matter the situation or setting.” The statement continued, “We take great pride in the diversity of the Papa John’s family, though diversity and inclusion is an area we will continue to strive to do better.”