A major neo-Nazi website has dubbed Papa John’s the “official pizza of the ‘alt-right,’” in apparent praise of the company’s criticism of the ongoing NFL national anthem protests.
“So Papa John is a major, long-standing sponsor of the NFL. And yet even they’re panicked about what’s going on,” a blogger for the Daily Stormer wrote in a recent piece. “It’s starting to make economic sense to be pro-White, even for these kiked, evil corporations.”
The article included a photo of a pizza, with pepperoni slices forming the shape of a swastika and the caption: “Papa John: Official pizza of the alt-right?”
The pizza chain’s CEO, John Schnatter, laid the blame for his company’s poor third-quarter earnings Tuesday on the NFL’s failure to regulate players’ protests against police brutality.
The website’s endorsement of Papa John’s pizza is just the latest in a line of half-joking praise that Anglin and others on the “alt-right” have doled out to companies that they view as allies in a culture war. Figures on the “alt-right,” for example, held up New Balance as the “official shoe” of their movement, despite the company’s disavowal.
Sam Kestenbaum is a contributing editor and former staff writer for the Forward. Before this, he worked for The New York Times and newsrooms in Sana, Ramallah and Beijing. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter at @skestenbaum and on Instagram at @skestenbaum .
Neo-Nazis Dub Papa John’s ‘Official Pizza Of The Alt-Right’