Friday, July 13, 2018

John Schnatter—the founder, chairman and public face of pizza chain Papa John’s—used the N-word on a conference call in May

He just commented on the word. He didn't "use" it.  But he has now had to resign

The call was arranged between Papa John’s executives and marketing agency Laundry Service. It was designed as a role-playing exercise for Schnatter in an effort to prevent future public-relations snafus. Schnatter caused an uproar in November 2017 when he waded into the debate over national anthem protests in the NFL and partly blamed the league for slowing sales at Papa John’s.

On the May call, Schnatter was asked how he would distance himself from racist groups online. He responded by downplaying the significance of his NFL statement. “Colonel Sanders called blacks n-----s,” Schnatter said, before complaining that Sanders never faced public backlash.

Schnatter also reflected on his early life in Indiana, where, he said, people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died. He apparently intended for the remarks to convey his antipathy to racism, but multiple individuals on the call found them to be offensive, a source familiar with the matter said. After learning about the incident, Laundry Service owner Casey Wasserman moved to terminate the company’s contract with Papa John’s.



Stan B said...

People are now officially offended by others talking about things that offend them. Welcome to 2018 - where feelings rule, and facts don't matter!

Bird of Paradise said...

Whine whine whine that all liberals do these days Whine whine whine while most of us stopped whining at a certain age they never stopped just going on and WHINE WHINE WHINE