The Daily Stormer And Papa John’s Pizza: A Love Story

Papa John's founder John Schnatter
White supremacists are singing the praises of Papa John's founder and CEO John Schnatter. Screenshot courtesy of Sporting News via YouTube video

During a conference call with investors on Wednesday, Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter whined about the NFL’s kneeling controversy, The Huffington Post reports. This caused at least one alt-right member of the neo-Nazi rag The Daily Stormer to decide that Schnatter would make a great poster boy for white supremacist cretins everywhere.

Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter Is The Darling Of The Alt-Right

A “columnist” (that term should be used lightly here), fell all over himself in praise of the wonder of it all, Raw Story notes.

“This is great,” wrote the Stormer’s Adrian Sol. “This might be the first time ever in modern history that a major institution is going to be completely destroyed explicitly because of public outrage over their anti-White agenda.”

He couldn’t resist dropping another pearl of wisdumb:

“Papa John [sic]: Official pizza of the alt-right?”

Apparently, this isn’t the first time that Stormers have tried to align themselves with brands that they believe have an affinity with the alt-right. When New Balance’s vice-president of public affairs voiced some optimism last year regarding President Donald Trump’s stance against the Trans-Pacific Partnership proposal, the site said it planned to declare the company made “the official shoes of White people.” The company couldn’t distance itself soon enough and issued a statement to put the neo-Nazis in their place.

“New Balance does not tolerate bigotry or hate in any form. One of our officials was recently asked to comment on a trade policy that was taken out of context,” the statement said. “As a 110-year-old company with five factories in the U.S. and thousands of employees worldwide from all races, genders, cultures and sexual orientations, New Balance is a values-driven organization and culture that believes in humanity, integrity, community, and mutual respect for people around the world. We have been and always will be committed to manufacturing in the United States.”

But New Balance wasn’t the only company that had to deal with these ghouls. Andrew Anglin, the site’s owner, decided that Wendy’s was “the official burger of the neo-Nazi alt-right movement.” This was in response to employees who posted a pig-tailed Pepe the frog on Twitter.

And when the Stormer goes all in for a brand, the rest of the neo-Nazis follow suit, The Huffington Post reports. Which means that Schnatter may find himself in a predicament.

It could hardly happen to a nicer guy (sarcasm alert). The NFL’s ratings are down this year, and Schnatter was angry because the league kept allowing players to kneel as the national anthem played. His attitude seems to be “who cares about the rights of black football players when I’m losing money?”

He certainly seemed to make that sentiment clear when he castigated the NFL:

“The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” he said. “The NFL has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.”

Well, we certainly wouldn’t want to let free speech get in the way of those shareholders’ profits now would we? It’s no wonder that the alt-righters love him since he’s complaining about people of color exercising their rights.

Schnatter, who donated to Trump’s political campaign, wrapped things up with this sentiment.

“Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership.”

And if you ever thought Schnatter might be a nice guy — please — let me disabuse you of that notion. Papa John’s is one of the country’s 50 biggest low-wage employers, Salon notes. He doesn’t want to comply with the Affordable Care Act, instead preferring to slash employees’ hours.

Even worse, Papa John’s only insures one in three employees

Because after all, who cares about employees as long as Schnatter can treat them as if they are a dime a dozen?

So Schnatter and those neo-Nazi goons deserve each other.

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