John H. Schnatter, the racist founder of Papa John’s who was forced to resign earlier this week after admitting to using the N-word during a company meeting, says he was pressured to say it.
“The agency was promoting that vocabulary […] And I made it real clear: ‘Listen, we’re not gonna go there. We’re not gonna talk about this,’” Schnatter told Louisville radio station WHAS. “They pushed me and it upset me, and I just said, ‘Listen, other people have used that word. I don’t, and will not use that word and people at Papa John’s don’t use that.’ And that was the comment. But they actually wanted to get into that vocabulary, and I said absolutely not.”
So, Schnatter claims he only used the word because he was trying to distance himself from shameless bigots who use the word. Mmmkay?
In another interview with WLKY, Schnatter accused the aforementioned marketing agency of trying to blackmail him after he was “pushed” to use the N-word. He said he refused to meet their demands.
“They wanted $6 million to make it go away. I’m like, ‘I’m not paying you $6 million,’” he told the radio station. “And they made it pretty clear […] the words were ‘If I don’t get my (bleep) money, I’m going to bury the founder,’ said one of the executives. So, I’m not for sale. They can take the $6 million and whatever, they’re not getting it. So, yeah they tried to extort us and we held firm. They took what I said and they ran to Forbes and Forbes printed it and it went viral.”
If you’re interested in hearing John play the victim, you can watch his interview below.