Uh oh, looks like Pizza Hut just stepped into a real pizza war.
After Papa John’s blamed lower-than-expected quarterly sales on the NFL’s allowance of national anthem protests, Pizza Hut felt the need to drop a cheesy comment that it doesn’t seem to have any problem selling pizzas:
“We’re not seeing any impact from any of that on our business,” the company said during an earnings conference call, according to CNBC.
That’s great, except Pizza Hut doesn’t have any affiliation with the NFL. Papa John’s, however, does:
The founder and CEO John Schnatter often appears with well-liked NFL players in his commercials.
“The NFL has hurt us,” Schnatter recently said. “We are disappointed the NFL and its leadership did not resolve this.”
This isn’t the first time Schnatter has gotten onto the national radar with politically charged comments. In 2012, he famously said that Obamacare would up pizza prices.
Nevertheless, Pizza Hut’s entree into NFL pizzagate was met with an immediate cry from hardcore conservatives: #BoycottPizzaHut!
— Tony (@Patriot23Blue) November 2, 2017
— Chuck Muth (@ChuckMuth) November 2, 2017
Boy, that escalated quickly.
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