John Schnatter, AKA Papa John, has again landed the company in hot water over racist comments.
Per a report from Forbes, the owner of Papa John’s, John Schnatter, has once again let his mouth and backwards ideology create chaos. This time he crossed a group of marketing execs by he using the n-word during a May conference call.
Forbes reports that the comments occurred as Schnatter was speaking with execs from Laundry Service, a marketing agency who were tasked with helping Schnatter escape the PR crisis he created when he foolishly blamed his company’s declining profits on NFL players staging peaceful protests before games. Apparently, the call went left, leading Laundry Service to sever its ties with Schnatter:
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 allegedly 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, the source said. After learning about the incident, Laundry Service owner Casey Wasserman moved to terminate the company’s contract with Papa John’s.
Papa John’s Inc. stock has plummeted to its lowest since 2016. The company has — as expected — released a statement regarding the issue, distancing itself from Schnatter’s remarks.