A neo-Nazi website’s endorsement is unwelcome, according to a Papa John’s Pizza representative. On Monday, the company said it doesn’t want white supremacists buying its pizzas.
“We do not want these individuals or groups to buy our pizza,” said Peter Collins, the company’s senior director of public relations, according to The Courier-Journal.
The neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer, didn’t so much endorse Papa John’s as comment about statements the company’s CEO John Schnatter made regarding how the NFL anthem protest is affecting the pizza restaurant chain financially. It cited comments made by Schnatter last week, in which he said the ongoing player protests during the national anthem had hurt sales.
As Papa John’s is the official pizza of the NFL, the players’ protests and subsequent boycott of the games is affecting the company.
“The NFL has hurt us,” Schnatter said during a conference call last Wednesday, according to ESPN. “We are disappointed the NFL and its leadership did not resolve this.”
Papa John’s executives said they’ve pulled the NFL shield or “official sponsor” designation on several advertising spots.
“Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership,” Schnatter reportedly said.
Schnatter’s comments prompted the writer of a blog post on The Daily Stormer to post a racially charged rant. A picture within the post is captioned with the question: “Papa John: Official pizza of the alt-right?” It shows a “Sieg Heil Pizza” with the Nazi symbol created using pepperoni.
Sieg Heil is a Nazi salute that means “Hail victory!”
The Daily Stormer’s support came after other pizza establishments leveled criticism at Papa John’s. Pizza Hut says the protests have not affected their sales, while DiGiorno Pizza’s Twitter account seemed to be trolling Papa John’s with a tweet that read: “Better Pizza. Better Sales.”
The NFL players’ protest began as a denouncement of the American justice system, and issues such as police brutality and social inequality. A number of players have continued the protest. A list of those who participated in the protest last Sunday is available HERE.
— DiGiorno Pizza (@DiGiornoPizza) November 1, 2017
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