John Schnatter, the CEO of Papa John's Pizza, has apologized and resigned after using the "n-word" about Black people during a May conference call. According to Forbes, who first reported the incident, Schnatter was taking part in a role-playing exercise with the Laundry Service marketing company whose intent was to train the CEO to stop saying idiotic things (as he did in November when commenting on the NFL kneeling protests that supported the Black Lives Matter movement). They were unsuccessful. From Forbes:
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.
On the heels of this article, Schnatter apologized again, and promptly resigned from his chairman position today, according to the New York Times.
Schnatter's big stupid racist mouth has been causing all sorts of trouble for the company, which was already suffering because their pizza tastes like garbage. In November, he publicly whined about how the NFL had not nipped the kneeling protests in the bud, and their inaction was somehow hurting his company's shareholders. The company's stocks had been nose-diving for quite a while, due to the aforementioned garbage-tasting pizza. It should also be noted that while Schnatter is resigning his post, he'll remain on the Papa John's board and retain all his stocks. So until he's actually gone, let's do everything we can to sink them.
Papa John's comments about NFL players kneeling came out on October 31st. The story about his use of the N-word came out yesterday at 9:35am. Note the dips in stock prices.
Racism can be expensive. Let's keep it that way. pic.twitter.com/qAMDH58Lzb
— Tuxedo Mask (@TheLoveBel0w) July 12, 2018
In the meantime... A POLL!