Earlier this week, Papa John’s executives blamed their sales slump on the NFL protests, suggesting a decrease in viewership has hurt one of the NFL’s most recognized sponsors. Whether that’s true or just a slight at the players exercising their constitutional right to protest, Pizza Hut is here to save the day.
“Man no way am I eating Papa Johns until those NFL players stop kneeling” that doesn’t even make sense lol— Matthew Jaeger (@Da_RealMJaeger) November 1, 2017
Pizza Hut, a company with no affiliation to the NFL, has announced that it is “not seeing any impact from any of that on our business.” In fact, the pizza company saw 1 percent growth this quarter, which is higher than expected. The corporate shade has been thrown.
The biggest twist to the story, though, is how the public has reacted to what could have been, in another social climate, a rather boring story about sales and other business terms that no one really knows how to define.
As always, it must be stressed that the NFL protesters, inspired by Colin Kapaernick, are protesting racial injustice and police brutality. This whole talk about protesting the troops, the flag, or the national anthem are ways that people have found to detract from the original tough conversation the protests aimed to spark.
But now that the sacred American tradition of pizza is involved? Well, now Twitter is going in. If these reactions are anything to go by, it seems like Papa John’s business is about to do a lot worse, and they will only have themselves to blame.
I guess trying to find a non-racist pizza is our new world, everyone— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 2, 2017
Papa Johns would rather blame poor sales on NFL players kneeling than accept the fact that Little Caesars Hot N Ready is for the people.— Marcella Arguello (@marcellacomedy) November 1, 2017
Who knew pizza could cast so much shade? https://t.co/e1QnjDirry— Karen James (@kejames) 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
I am very here for the NFL Pizza War https://t.co/zM439oOOTT— Jason Gay (@jasongay) November 2, 2017
Colin Kaepernick has done it now, taking dollars away from the billionaire founder of a pizza franchise. I'll alert the media. #PapaJohns— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) November 1, 2017