Papa John’s still trying to convince people it dislikes Nazis
Two weeks after Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter blamed slumping sales of his cheesy bread on the NFL’s inability to stop players from protesting police brutality, the company, a major NFL sponsor, is still trying to explain itself. The pizza chain’s corporate Twitter account delivered a new statement on Tuesday night in which Papa John’s swears, again, that it does not like Nazis.
“We believe in the right to protest inequality and support the players’ movement to create a new platform for change. We also believe together, as Americans, we should honor our anthem,” the company wrote. “There is a way to do both. We will work with the players and league to find a positive way forward. Open to ideas from all. Except neo-Nazis — [middle finger emoji] those guys.”
This latest attempt to straddle the line between supporting the first amendment and flattering dickweeds who think National Anthem protests are ruining football accomplishes neither goal. The statement frames the “players’ movement” as something opposed to honoring the anthem, when really the protests are not about the song. Then it backtracks and describes people who don’t care about working with the players as “neo-Nazis.” (A nod to the fact that neo-Nazis endorsed the company.)
Papa John’s cannot decide whether it approves of black athletes exercising their right to free speech how they see fit. That’s probably why people think the pies are racist.