Papa John’s Founder Under Fire For Using The N-Word On A Conference Call

Hannah Bleau

What the heck????

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter has apologized after news broke that he used the n-word on a conference call. But…it’s not exactly how it sounds. He didn’t just randomly drop the word. He was participating in some sort of role playing exercise on racism.

Forbes reported that Schnatter was asked on the May call how he would distance himself from racist groups online. That topic came up because the company’s sales slowed after Schnatter’s statements in 2017 about NFL players protesting racial injustice during the national anthem.

“Colonel Sanders called blacks n—–s,” he was quoted as saying, adding that Sanders never faced backlash.

The report said Schnatter “also reflected on his early life in Indiana, where, he said, people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died.” The reference apparently was meant to show that he found racism deplorable, but the Forbes source said that that multiple people on the call were offended.

Forbes reported that the owner of Laundry Service, the marketing firm working with Schnatter, terminated its contract with Papa John’s after it learned about the comments.

He apologized.

“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,” Schnatter said in the statement, which was sent to the Courier Journal by the company.


Investors reacted quickly Wednesday morning. The stock price dropped $3 per share, from nearly $51 to $48, shortly after the report surfaced. After trading closed, the company’s market capitalization (the value of outstanding shares) had dropped by nearly $84 million.

It blew up on social media.

I WILL say that I don’t really know how the n-word rolls off the tongue (unless of course you listen to JAY-Z or Kanye or whatever), but hating Obamacare, disliking Obama and disagreeing with NFL players– that does NOT make you a racist. HOWEVER, I totally hate that word. Context doesn’t matter. I hate it in rap songs too. Just sayin’.

But whatever. Obviously, this is all Trump’s fault.

Also, this happened.

Oy vey.

h/t Courier Journal