2. Papa John’s and racism
When Schnatter made the comment that the NFL’s racial grievance protests were hurting sales he opened a real can of worms. Schnatter also criticized NFL executives for what he called “poor leadership” regarding the debacle.
Social media slammed the company and rumors flew, according to Downtrend.com. Some even called Schnatter a racist. Worst of all, The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website, dubbed Papa John’s the official pizza of the “alt-right,” according to Newsweek. In a 2017 interview with the Huffington Post, Papa John’s senior director of public relations, Peter Collins, was shocked when he heard Nazis were endorsing the company. “I appreciate you bringing this to light,” Collins told the Huffington Post. “We didn’t have any idea about it.”
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