Schnatter stepped down as chairman of the company in early July after reportedly using a racial slur during a media training exercise. The original Papa is now suing the company, backtracking on his admission of using the N-word, and claiming the board of directors acted too quickly in seeking his dismissal as CEO of the pizza franchise. Schnatter previously admitted to using the N-word as means of describing how Colonel Sanders of the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise used to talk.
The founder of an organization taking his former company to court is not groundbreaking but it’s rare. The highest-profile cases of founder vs. former company include Stan Lee suing Pow! Entertainment for $1 billion and co-founder and former CEO of TellTale games, Kevin Bruner, suing the game development company he helped build.
But the most significant detail of this story, at least as far as Twitter is concerned, is the idea that Papa John is suing Papa John’s and the resulting lawsuit could open a parallel universe or cause a break in the space-time continuum. Or maybe it will just lead to some amusing jokes about the fledgling pizza giant.
Marvel’s Papa John: Civil War— Iambic Pentameter Slapper (@NotKirainu) July 26, 2018
my dog keeps howling and idk if it's the coyotes out back or if a new papa john has been chosen— jose (@abitchua) July 20, 2018
Hoping that another guy named John becomes CEO of Papa John’s and they have to change the name to Stepdad John’s— Ygrene (@Ygrene) July 25, 2018
Papa John is Suing Papa John's.... WTF IS LIFE ANYMORE pic.twitter.com/dBJRfBgI9O— Fornever? (@ForneverWorld) July 27, 2018
Apostrophe placement:— Daryl Sng (@dsng) July 26, 2018
Papa John: Nickname of John Schnatter
Papa John's: Pizza company
Papa's John: Bathroom of John Schnatter
Papa Johns: Multiple bathrooms for dads
Papas John: Multiple candidates to assume the titular 'Papa John' role
Papa John is suing Papa Johns. That’s like Ronald suing McDonald’s.— Scot Pollard (@ScotPollard31) July 27, 2018
Papa John is suing Papa Johns for something Papa John himself did while at Papa Johns pic.twitter.com/4OZPRXuNlU— Sophia Haralson (@Sophia_Hx) July 27, 2018
Papa John is suing Papa John’s after he was forced to resign from the company... But what I think everyone seems to be missing here is, he shouted the N-word without Sacha Baron Cohen even tricking him... ??♂️— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) July 26, 2018
It's creepy how the guy himself is referred to as Papa John— Joe Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) July 26, 2018
Here’s hoping these two crazy kids work it out.