The verbal tyranny of the left has claimed another victim.
Papa John’s founder and CEO, John Schnatter, stepped down from his empire for the utterance of a single word during a conference call.
According to Schnatter, “Believe it or not, the agency was promoting that vocabulary,” Schnatter said. “I made it real clear. ‘Listen, we’re not going to go there. We’re not going to talk about this.’ They pushed me. And it upset me. I said, ‘Listen, other people have used that word. I don’t, and will not use that word and people at Papa John’s don’t use that.’”
The marketing company was going to be dropped by Papa Johns, and apparently, someone in the company wasn’t going to take it lying down.
This person was going to claim a victim and cause financial pain.
John Schnatter was goaded by his marketing company to say the word despite his objections, and when he did, an insider in the agency fed it to the media.
John Schnatter already had a massive target painted on him by the left for criticizing the NFL’s handling of players sitting or kneeling during the national anthem.
He said that because the NFL’s ratings were down, and consequently, his company’s sales were as well.
Until that time, Papa John’s had done a brilliant job with tying touchdowns and team victories to half priced pizza and additional free toppings.
Papa John’s was inexorably tied with professional sports, and it paid off big time.
John Schnatter’s comments about the NFL were taken as a rebuke of the player protests (which they were not), but because they were interpreted in that manner, he had to go.
He committed the cardinal sin of the left: To have an opposing opinion. John Schnatter stepped down as CEO of his company which he proudly built from scratch.
A single word, an utterance taken out of context and with no intended target caused a cataclysmic reaction that results in sports franchises, the NFL even the University of Louisville (John Schnatter’s Alma Mater) to drop Papa John’s as a sponsor.
The “N” word is the weapon of choice, and the hysterics tied into it has reached an unimaginable fever pitch.
Rap stars can pepper their lyrics with it.
Kendrick Lamar invited a white fan on stage at a concert recently, then chastised and humiliated her for daring to repeat his own lyrics which included the “N” word.
Black comedians use the word during their routines.
White professors who use the word during a lesson about race face rebuke and even termination.
“Big Offense” is a term I came up with about a cottage industry in this country that has blossomed into a massive enterprise.
It has created “sensitivity training” where perpetrators of perceived offensive or disagreeable language are sent to reeducation camps where they can learn to “think right.”
The use of the “objectionable” words has ended careers and collapsed business empires.
Paula Deen anyone?
The offenders prostrate themselves before the jury of the offended, but that jury stacked against them, and the verdict is rendered before the defense presents its case.
When leftist, Bill Maher, used the “N” word, it was brushed off because he parrots the lefts talking points daily.
He gets a pass.
John Schnatter’s use of the word singularly during a conference call hurt no one.
If a single man’s mention of the word taken out of context indeed cause “pain”, the it’s time for the perceived victims to reexamine themselves.