Papa John’s founder has left the company after admitting to saying the N-word on a conference call. Here’s a look into his history of controversy, from slamming Obamacare to donating to Trump’s campaign. (PZZA)
Papa John’s founder and former CEO John Schnatter resigned as chairman of the company after admitting to using the N-word on a company conference call.
The call was to discuss preventing further controversy for the pizza chain, following backlash when Schnatter slammed NFL leadership over players’ national anthem protests last year.
Schnatter previously sparked controversy in his opposition to Obamacare and donated to Trump’s presidential campaign.
The founder and former CEO of Papa John’s, John Schnatter, resigned as chairman of the company on Wednesday, after admitting to using the N-word in a company conference call.
Earlier on Wednesday, Forbes reported that Papa John’s executives and marketing agency Laundry Service held a conference call in May in an attempt to prevent controversies for the brand. Last year, Papa John’s faced backlash when Schnatter blamed the NFL and players’ national anthem protests for subpar sales.
“On the May call, Schnatter was asked how he would distance himself from racist groups online,” a source told Forbes. “He responded by downplaying the significance of his NFL statement. ‘Colonel Sanders called blacks n—–s,’ Schnatter allegedly said, before complaining that Sanders never faced public backlash.”
The source added that although Schnatter intended for his remarks to show his stance against racism, multiple people found it objectionable. Schnatter admitted he made the remarks and apologized.
The politics of Papa John
Schnatter has long been a controversial character, in large part because of his political viewpoints.
The then-CEO’s statements about NFL dragged Papa John’s into the middle of a polarizing debate last year, garnering backlash on the left and support on the right. The Daily Stormer, a white-supremacist website, even posted an article questioning whether Papa John’s was the “official pizza of the alt-right.” The chain responded that it did not …read more
Source:: Business Insider