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University of Kentucky cuts ties with Papa John Schnatter


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Earlier today, the University of Louisville cut ties Papa John’s founder John Schnatter; University of Kentucky president Eli Capilouto just announced the University of Kentucky is doing the same.

Capilouto released a statement saying Schnatter’s use of a racial slur during a conference call in May has caused the university to sever financial ties and remove his name from the John H. Schnatter Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise.

What a week for Papa John.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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47 responses to “University of Kentucky cuts ties with Papa John Schnatter”

  1. JusSayin

    Papa John tried to pull his sponsorship from the NFL last year because the anthem protests were “hurting his brand”.

    So after his own scandal, I’m sure he and everyone else understands why a university or two wouldn’t want their name attached to his.

    It’s just business.

  2. bigbluebanana

    Right move by UK

    1. IAmTheDanger

      The hell it was.

    2. bigbluebanana

      What are the negative ramifications of doing this? They keep it and they anger tons of people, removing it only angers people who are angry that that word can’t be said anymore.

    3. BigBlueMeade

      Why do you feel the need to say it anyway? What instance is it appropriate?

    4. Luether

      Another example of mob rule…

  3. blackmilk23

    I know some people are going to be mad but not saying a racial slur is really not that hard of a landmine to avoid. Especially when you are the face of a large company.

    1. Chagan02

      So we agree the “N” word is a racial slur? It is meant to degrade right, and context doesn’t matter? Just asking for clarity.

    2. ibescootch

      blackmilk23 is saying that even if you talk like that, it shouldn’t be that difficult to censor yourself, because it’s such a horrible word. Especially when you know you always have a target on your back as the head of a large company. I don’t think blackmilk is defending the use of it at all.

    3. Greatcatfan

      Yes it is and no matter “who” uses it they should be treated equally and have the backlash ruin them.

    4. Chagan02

      Okay so now that we know context doesn’t matter, and the word is a racial slur, why is it okay for ANYONE to say it? Rappers, comedians, Obama, Jackson, Sharpton, Cummings, Etc. Double standard.

    5. blackmilk23

      How many white people have gotten in trouble for using a white slur? Country music stars use those words all the time and I don’t see anyone complaining.

    6. Greatcatfan

      How many white artist have gotten in trouble for white slurs? About as many minority singers/comedians that have got in trouble for saying them.

  4. Chagan02

    I tell ya I’m glad this happened. I didn’t know how I was gonna sleep at night……

    1. katfan33

      You seem to be racist!! It’s not for you to question. It’s wrong to say no matter who says it.

    2. IAmTheDanger

      I love how the 1st thing out of your moth is “racist” you’re one of the idiots who discount the meaning of the word.

  5. Cousins Fake Tooth

    Stupid. All this uproar for him saying SOMEONE else said the word.

    1. JusSayin

      Yes. When you are famous in charge of things that comes with increased scrutiny on your actions.

      You might not think it’s problem that he said that word but lots of other people do and it’s costing the company money. So he can’t be the face anymore.

      It’s just like with the anthem protests. Some people don’t have a problem with it but many NFL viewers do. So CK is not on a team.

  6. ukbradstith

    Has the world lost its mind? What a joke. The Uk players a few years back came out to the song [email protected]&$s in Paris. That was okay, but in attempt to make a point, repeating what someone said 100 years ago is not? I’ll guarantee Aldolph Rupp said that at some point.

    1. J. Did

      Whatever Rupp said is tantamount to whatever the Colonel said……..at that time…….which does not make it right then or now.

      But it was then.

      And this now.

      And, socially, there are unwritten rules.

      Apparently, PJ crossed that line.

      And, he’s paying for it.

    2. J. Did

      *this is now.

      In re the unwritten rules, Societally: What one can say, the other must not.

      “Id est, quo id est.”

    3. blackmilk23

      You really think teenagers dancing to a rap song is the same as the face of Fortune 500 company using a slur on a conference call?

      I’m legitimately asking.

    4. Luether

      I guarantee Obama and most Dems say it…

  7. Cokely53

    So the more important question. Do we still get 45% off after a Cats win?

    1. lexcatfan2367

      ?

    2. UKNUTZ

      Hahaha…..I swear that was my first thought about it also. I used “CATS45” twice a week during regular season last year. Give the guy a break people, I still want my cheap pizza…..lol

  8. JusSayin

    Famous people and business owners aren’t just “politically correct/neutral” because they want to be. Offending people will cost a business money. Smart business owners know that.

    All of you guys who think this is dumb might not care. But you also aren’t going to go out buy extra pizza to make up for all of the people who do, and who now will choose to order from Dominoes. That’s the lesson here.

    1. J. Did

      I concur with the following caveat: Do NOT, under any circumstance, build a business around the ownership name – for once the owner / business name falters, egregiously, there is lemonade evaporated.

    2. ClutchCargo

      I’m not a huge fan of Papa John’s pizza, but I really hope this doesn’t mean they’re going all in on that horrendous Hunt Brothers gas station pizza because of this.

    3. JusSayin

      ClutchCargo, that does raise an interesting question. Who does the pizza come from now? I actually legitimately like Papa Johns more than the other fast food pizza options. So I’m not looking forward to whatever they replace it with.

  9. JusSayin

    I agree. I would never invest in a brand named after a living individual. It’s too much of a liability. Some founders can handle that responsibility. Obviously, he couldn’t.

    I feel bad for the employees and individual franchise owners. Though I noticed Peyton Manning conveniently got out at the exact right time…

  10. J. Did

    Word is PJ flies his personal helicopter from Anchorage, KY to departure – 2002 Papa Johns Blvd, Louisville, KY 40299……J-town……as a crow flies, perhaps 5 miles. And, he calls the helicopter …….another name for a black bird.

    1. DennyC

      I drive by HQ in Louisville all day, everyday. Never seen or heard a helicopter. Not true.

    2. ClutchCargo

      Well, duh! It’s obviously a stealth helicopter.

    3. J. Did

      DennyC lives in denial: https://www.google.com/search?q=papa+john+heliocopter&oq=papa+john+heliocopter&aqs=chrome..69i57j0.5097j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

  11. Catcasey1

    I don’t guess an apology is good enough anymore

    1. Cousins Fake Tooth

      Shouldnt apologize for not saying anything wrong.

    2. bigbluebanana

      Lots of people think he said something wrong. Why not just literally say “n-word”? Even if he is saying someone else said it, he didn’t have to say the word.

  12. UKNUTZ

    Who ratted him out in the first place? I’m just curious

  13. IAmTheDanger

    This whole PC thing is a joke and completely out of control. Look at the good donations and contributions this guy has given to the community over the years. He says one thibg (which was a quote) and people cant handle it. Im a white male and have been called a lot of things but i have never been offended by what anyone says, im bigger than that. My parents used to say “sticks and stones….” a lot of people need to relearn that little phrase. If UL and, UK want to turn that money down, go ahead and have at it….you are the losers in this mess. I’ve had it with this whole PC Crap….where the he’ll will this end? Love wish someone would grow a pair and stand up to this BS.

    1. bigbluebanana

      It wasn’t a quote, and even if it was, why would he need to say it? You wouldn’t go into work tomorrow and quote something hitler said about Jewish people and then say “well hitler said it, why can’t I?”. I’m a black man, what PJ said doesn’t bother me personally on any level and I do not believe he is racist. But that word, no matter the context, carries so much weight with it, it is an incredibly hurtful word. It’s something you, as a white man, can never understand, ever! And before you come back with your predictable rebuttal, yes, it bothers me when other black people use this word, but no, it is not a double standard. PJ isn’t losing his money, business, or empire, he’s losing his association with two institutes of higher learning. Dropping the n bomb isn’t a PC issue, it’s a common sense/decent human being issue. And honestly man, the fact that you’re so fired up over this says a lot about you, something tells me I better hope my car doesn’t break down at night near your house, especially since my white wife and two bi-racial children would be with me.

      To summarize, yes, this is blown out of proportion, yes, as a black man, in no way am I offended, yes, if you don’t see why this is an issue, you’re part of the problem.

    2. IAmTheDanger

      Look, there are true racists out there….whites that truly hate blacks and vice versa. This country has gotten so caught up in semantics and pc bullshit that you truly can’t tell who the true racists are anymore. That “racist” term has gotten so overused and cheapened, it could apply to ANYONE today. Stop the bs and racist calling and get to the real root of the racism problems in america.

    3. IAmTheDanger

      And let’s be completely honest here, do you REALLY think this guy hates blacks? Really?

  14. bigbluebanana

    No, I said as much in my response to you. I’ll still get PJ pizza when I’m desperate for crappy pizza, but that doesn’t change the fact that this word still holds tremendous power. Slavery is over, I get that, I don’t hold anyone accountable for what their great, great, great grandfather did. But you need to understand that this word hurts a lot of people. It doesn’t hurt me, but it hurts a lot of my race, still. Yes, there are true racists, and yes, there are certainly many racist black folks, but the history doesn’t exist there. It’s simply not the same, and you either get that, or you don’t. I grew up in a tiny Kentucky town as one of maybe 5 black people in the entire county. I was lucky that I never encountered racism (Lyon county by the way), but if you think my butthole didn’t get tight every time I saw a cop, or went to a party in the woods, you’re mistaken. Racism is alive and well in 2018, from all corners. I’m simply stating that if you don’t see how this COULD offend your black brothers and sisters, or how UK removing all ties with the man, then you just don’t get it. That’s not your fault, it’s just the way you are, and I would never be angry at someone for just being themselves. I guess it’s all about perspective man.

  15. blueballs80

    The N-word is degradation and humiliation. For effs sake, the fact that there are still people posting like this is no big deal, it quite disappointing. John Schachter is not remorseful, he is only worried because he got caught with his racist antics. What good is a donation when you really are a racist in disguise?

  16. Rabbi Li

    As long as people suggest a word has power over an entire race… that word will have power over an entire race.

    Ignorance will continue to perpetuate this as long as ignorance has the stage.

    1. terwilliger

      This. I am white. I am not nor have I ever been or ever will be racist. But why do black people feel the need to glorify the N-word within their culture? I don’t understand how you can find that word deplorable when a white person says it, but then turn and throw it around flippantly in your own culture (music, film, comedy, what have you). Either the word is hurtful to you and needs to be slowly removed from the lexicon, or it is a rallying cry for you. I don’t believe you can have it both ways. I think that’s very weird. I understand not wanting to forget about the past lest we repeat it, but I do think there is a silly double standard. And for the record, I believe PJ should have known better than to say it. But I also believe almost everything in our society today is taken out of context because people just want to react to everything in an irrational, knee-jerk way.