After Papa John's founder and CEO John Schnatter blamed NFL players protesting and the NFL for not ending the protests for the company's sagging sales, white supremacists are showing him some support. Schnatter is a known Trump supporter, and after expressing his disappointment in the NFL's inability to put a stop to the protests, he has gained the dreaded support of racists.
According to Complex, Adrian Sol, a columnist for The Daily Stormer, published a post full of racist vitriol with a caption reading " Papa John: Official pizza of the alt-right?" The post includes a pepperoni pizza with the pepperoni slices made into a swastika, and Sol also refers to the NFL as the "Negro Felon League."
On Wednesday, Papa John's stock dropped 12 percent and Schnatter blamed it on the NFL, and then linked it to recent protests. However, these claims are unfounded and there is no evidence of a direct correlation between the two.
While white supremacists may start buying Papa John's pizzas by the dozens, the company is quickly trying to backtrack – making it clear this is not the type of endorsement they want.
“We condemn racism in all forms and any and all hate groups that support it,” Papa John’s senior director of public relations told The Huffington Post in an exclusive statement. “We do not want these individuals or groups to buy our pizza.”
Longtime Papa John's competitor, Pizza Hut, which is not affiliated with the NFL, said they're not having the same problem Schnatter claims to have due to the protests.
"We're not seeing any impact from any of that on our business," the company said during an earnings conference call, according to CNBC.
In the meantime, the public has reacted in true fashion and finding a new pizza joint is now a top priority.
Who knew pizza could cast so much shade? https://t.co/e1QnjDirry— Karen James (@kejames) November 2, 2017
I guess trying to find a non-racist pizza is our new world, everyone— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 2, 2017
Pizza Hut & Dominos better anyways 🤷🏾♂️...— Damon Harrison (@BigDame900) November 1, 2017
Pizza Hut,,,,welcome to the resistance— Not Lovely (@isitnotlovely) November 2, 2017