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Papa John Controversy: Papa John Schnatter, The Disgraced Pizza Magnate, To Speak At CPAC

After using the “n-word” during a conference call in 2018, Schnatter was kicked off the board of his company.

The notorious pizza magnate “Papa John” Schnatter has been confirmed as a speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference, often known as CPAC, according to a tweet from Matt Schlapp, the head of the American Conservative Union, on Thursday.

Schlapp commented on a picture of a beaming Schnatter, writing, “CONFIRMED: @IAmPapaJohn.” The only caption that appeared with his picture was “Papa John.”

In 1984, Schnatter established Papa John’s Pizza. He served as CEO until January 2018, when the NFL severed its business ties with the firm as a result of remarks Schnatter made criticizing the league of not doing more to prevent players from kneeling during the national anthem.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Schnatter stated on a conference call regarding the company’s performance that “the debate is polarizing the customer, polarizing the country.”

Two weeks after those remarks, Papa John’s issued an apology after Schnatter received applause from white nationalists. The company, situated in Louisville, Kentucky, distanced itself from the organization and stated that it did not want them to purchase their pizza.

When it was discovered that Schnatter had used the “n-word” during a sensitivity training, he was still connected to the business as the chairman of the board of directors. He had claimed, without providing any proof, that Colonel Harland Sanders, the creator of Kentucky Fried Chicken, had used the slur without facing any consequences.

Papa John Controversy: Papa John Schnatter, The Disgraced Pizza Magnate, To Speak At CPAC

When the company’s marketing firm was present on the conversation, Schnatter blamed them for exaggerating the narrative in an interview with San Francisco news outlet KRON 4 in 2018.

It wasn’t a slur, according to Schnatter. “We weren’t going to say that; we don’t use that kind of phrase or vocabulary, I stated after repeating something someone else had said during a social media planning and training session. It was undoubtedly misinterpreted and taken out of context, but that is irrelevant.”

He went on: “We resisted the marketing agency’s attempts to blackmail us. They took what I said and ran to Forbes, who published it and spread it around.”

As Igor Derysh of Salon put it in 2019: “The business erased his likeness from all advertising materials and the Papa John’s emblem upon his resignation. After that, Schnatter founded SavePapaJohns.com in an effort to make a comeback and give his version of events. He continued by charging prejudice and sexual harassment against the company’s management.”

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Schnatter’s public image has been in a strange tailspin since being fired from the company, but he has found a ready audience among right-wing conservatives who see him as a capitalist pioneer who was unfairly fired from the company he founded for speaking his mind. One example of this is when he said in a particularly sweaty interview that he had eaten 40 of his own pizzas in 30 days and felt the quality had dropped.

Papa John Controversy: Papa John Schnatter, The Disgraced Pizza Magnate, To Speak At CPAC

Schnatter stated that he had spent the previous 20 months trying to eradicate the “n-word” from his lexicon in a 2021 interview with One America News Network, a far-right and pro-Trump cable program. He also stated that he wanted to “go on with [his] life.”

This happened after he had previously warned that a “day of reckoning was coming” in an interview with a Louisville news station.

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Political turmoil wasn’t Schnatter’s first excursion before the NFL and “n-word” scandals. Business Insider claims that Schnatter faced criticism in 2012 “for claiming that both the franchisees and the employees of Papa John’s could lose out as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare, according to Schnatter, would cost Papa John’s $5 to $8 million yearly and ultimately raise pizza prices.”

Additionally, Schnatter gave $1,000 to the campaign of former President Donald Trump, although he made no effort to officially endorse the candidate. However, the two will cross paths at CPAC, which takes place in Florida the following week.

The event’s star speaker is Donald Trump. Sean Spicer, Candace Owens, Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep. Madison Cawthorne, and Glenn Beck are a few more speakers.

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Papa John Controversy: Papa John Schnatter, The Disgraced Pizza Magnate, To Speak At CPAC

After using the “n-word” during a conference call in 2018, Schnatter was kicked off the board of his company.

The notorious pizza magnate “Papa John” Schnatter has been confirmed as a speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference, often known as CPAC, according to a tweet from Matt Schlapp, the head of the American Conservative Union, on Thursday.

Schlapp commented on a picture of a beaming Schnatter, writing, “CONFIRMED: @IAmPapaJohn.” The only caption that appeared with his picture was “Papa John.”

In 1984, Schnatter established Papa John’s Pizza. He served as CEO until January 2018, when the NFL severed its business ties with the firm as a result of remarks Schnatter made criticizing the league of not doing more to prevent players from kneeling during the national anthem.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Schnatter stated on a conference call regarding the company’s performance that “the debate is polarizing the customer, polarizing the country.”

Two weeks after those remarks, Papa John’s issued an apology after Schnatter received applause from white nationalists. The company, situated in Louisville, Kentucky, distanced itself from the organization and stated that it did not want them to purchase their pizza.

When it was discovered that Schnatter had used the “n-word” during a sensitivity training, he was still connected to the business as the chairman of the board of directors. He had claimed, without providing any proof, that Colonel Harland Sanders, the creator of Kentucky Fried Chicken, had used the slur without facing any consequences.

Papa John Controversy: Papa John Schnatter, The Disgraced Pizza Magnate, To Speak At CPAC

When the company’s marketing firm was present on the conversation, Schnatter blamed them for exaggerating the narrative in an interview with San Francisco news outlet KRON 4 in 2018.

It wasn’t a slur, according to Schnatter. “We weren’t going to say that; we don’t use that kind of phrase or vocabulary, I stated after repeating something someone else had said during a social media planning and training session. It was undoubtedly misinterpreted and taken out of context, but that is irrelevant.”

He went on: “We resisted the marketing agency’s attempts to blackmail us. They took what I said and ran to Forbes, who published it and spread it around.”

As Igor Derysh of Salon put it in 2019: “The business erased his likeness from all advertising materials and the Papa John’s emblem upon his resignation. After that, Schnatter founded SavePapaJohns.com in an effort to make a comeback and give his version of events. He continued by charging prejudice and sexual harassment against the company’s management.”

ALSO READ: Melanie Martinez Controversy: Has Anyone Lost Sight Of Melanie Martinez’s Alleged Rape Accusation? 

Schnatter’s public image has been in a strange tailspin since being fired from the company, but he has found a ready audience among right-wing conservatives who see him as a capitalist pioneer who was unfairly fired from the company he founded for speaking his mind. One example of this is when he said in a particularly sweaty interview that he had eaten 40 of his own pizzas in 30 days and felt the quality had dropped.

Papa John Controversy: Papa John Schnatter, The Disgraced Pizza Magnate, To Speak At CPAC

Schnatter stated that he had spent the previous 20 months trying to eradicate the “n-word” from his lexicon in a 2021 interview with One America News Network, a far-right and pro-Trump cable program. He also stated that he wanted to “go on with [his] life.”

This happened after he had previously warned that a “day of reckoning was coming” in an interview with a Louisville news station.

ALSO READ: TJ Klune Controversy: How “Under The Whispering Door” By T.J. Klune Evolved Into The Ideal Pandemic Novel

Political turmoil wasn’t Schnatter’s first excursion before the NFL and “n-word” scandals. Business Insider claims that Schnatter faced criticism in 2012 “for claiming that both the franchisees and the employees of Papa John’s could lose out as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare, according to Schnatter, would cost Papa John’s $5 to $8 million yearly and ultimately raise pizza prices.”

Additionally, Schnatter gave $1,000 to the campaign of former President Donald Trump, although he made no effort to officially endorse the candidate. However, the two will cross paths at CPAC, which takes place in Florida the following week.

The event’s star speaker is Donald Trump. Sean Spicer, Candace Owens, Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep. Madison Cawthorne, and Glenn Beck are a few more speakers.

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