Papa John’s fights neo-Nazi backlash with middle-finger emoji


Papa John’s late Tuesday decided to tweet a middle-finger emoji aimed at neo-Nazis who are—reportedly—co-opting the chain pizza.

The tweets follow recent statements from CEO John Schnatter (a.k.a. Papa), who blamed national anthem football protests for a sharp decrease in pizza sales this month. Since 2010, Papa John’s has been the official pizza of the NFL.

When the pizza giant’s anti-protest stance was made public, some white supremacists took it as a sign to re-name the brand as the “official pizza of the alt-right.”

In an effort to move on from backlash, the official Twitter account, @PapaJohns, crafted a three-part message aimed to clear any confusion about recent events.

“We will work with the players and league to find a positive way forward. Open to ideas from all. Except neo-nazis –[middle finger] those guys,” read the third tweet.

It’s safe to say customers were far from pleased with this apology.

The Twitter bio reads, “Better Ingredients, Better Pizza, Better Tweets.”  Should we be the one to tell them, or…?

Samantha Reichstein

Samantha Reichstein

Samantha Reichstein is a former intern for the Daily Dot whose work focused on entertainment and politics. She's written for the Bump, the Nest, the Knot, the Austin American-Statesman, Austin Way Magazine, and Broadway World TV.