Papa John's Obamacare Stance Spurs Social Media Attack
A couple of weeks after the brouhaha over Chick-fil-A's CEO's comments about same-sex marriage prompted a national debate reflected in social media, another fast-food chain, Papa John's, has dipped its toe in the red state/blue state divide.
During a conference call with analysts last week, Papa John's CEO John Schnatter (pictured) said that Obamacare would raise the price of a pizza somewhere between $0.11 to $0.14. "We're not supportive of Obamacare, like most businesses in our industry," Schnatter said, according to Politico. "But our business model and unit economics are about as ideal as you can get for a food company to absorb Obamacare...If Obamacare is in fact not repealed, we will find tactics to shallow out any Obamacare costs and core strategies to pass that cost onto consumers in order to protect our shareholders' best interests."
Reports of Schnatter's comments led to the now-predictable outcry on Twitter and Facebook. On Twitter, while some are calling for a boycott, others took the opportunity to trash the chain. "Ok then, raise the price of your garbage pizza," tweeted Bob del Grosso. "Anything that creates an economic disincentive to buy Papa John's 'pizza' is a good thing. Yay Obamacare!" tweeted another critic, author Baratunde Thurston. Meanwhile, as was the case with Chick-fil-A, conservative-leaning Twitter users showed their support. For instance, the Young America Foundation called Schnatter's comments "delicious free speech."
By Todd Wasserman |
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