Another day another racist rant that causes someone to lose their job. This time it was founder of pizza giant Papa John’s. Yup, Papa John himself just got fired from Papa John’s.
Forbes is reporting that founder, chairman and human mascot, John Schnatter, done Schnattered the bed after using the N-word on a conference call. Jeez, man. I’ve heard of answering a conference call while in the bathroom, but never at a Trump Rally. Don’t those get kind of loud?
Here’s a breakdown: 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.
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.
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.”
That statement was not enough to satiate the board of people who were going to lose out on sweet-sweet pizza dollars from John’s racism so, according to CNN, they fired his ass. In a press release with his own face on it, Papa John’s revealed that John Schnatter resigned.
I don’t know why it’s so hard not to be racist for these people. Apart from just not being a racist, I’m not sure what techniques are available to prevent the hatred from jumping out of them like some kind of tourette’s. Maybe they need some kind of swear jar but for racism. Say the N-word put a dollar in the jar. That’s going to translate into a lot of savings.