Papa John’s founder John Schnatter is being roundly mocked on TikTok after he shared a flirty ‘thirst trap’ video with a 21-year-old actress.
The 59-year-old — who was ousted as CEO of Papa John’s in 2018 when he blamed NFL players kneeling during the national anthem for low sales — has been active on TikTok since joining the video-sharing platform last year.
But the ex-pizza boss has had viewers cringing since he responded to a video from a woman nearly a third his age, sharing his own flirty video that culminates in a wink.
Cringe! Papa John’s founder John Schnatter is roundly mocked on TikTok after he shared a flirty ‘thirst trap’ video with a 21-year-old actress
That age difference! The 59-year-old shared a video duet with Canadian actress Paige Madison Evans, 21
Wink wink: He turns his chair around and strikes a flirty expression, nodding his chin at the camera before winking
Canadian actress Paige Madison Evans, shared the original video, in which she lip syncs to audio from the award-winning show Fleabag.
As the audio plays, one voice says, ‘Don’t flirt with him.’ Paige begins to answer that she’s ‘not going to flirt’ — until she turns her head and see the man in question.
Schnatter duetted her video, sharing his own that plays out side-by-side with hers. At the right moment, he turns his chair around and strikes a flirty expression, nodding his chin at the camera before winking.
The video has gone viral, earning 2.4 million views — but most of the comments seem less amused and more horrified.
Some called him ‘creepy’ and ‘awkward,’ with one writing, ‘I am scared.’
‘Did anyone else feel violated when he winked?’ another commenter asked.
‘I’m mostly concerned because I feel like he’s actually shooting his shot,’ another put in.
‘I’ve finally accepted that my life is not an endless purgatory but in fact HELL,’ sayd one more, while another asked, ‘Does he know people can see this!?!’
Weird: The video has gone viral, earning 2.4 million views — but most of the comments seem less amused and more horrified, with some calling him ‘creepy’ and ‘awkward’
‘I just got secondhand embarrassed that I don’t think I can recover from,’ yet another chimed in.
Others were particularly disgusted by the age difference, telling Schnatter, ‘Sir, that’s a child,’ and, ‘Yo pops she’s half your age.’
Last week, TikToker @ricketycrickettt reacted to the video, filming herself laughing so hard she could barely get words out.
‘Papa John, what are you doing? You’re supposed to be taking anti-racism classes, why are you thirst trapping on TikTok?’ she asked.
In March, Schnatter denied allegations he is racist, saying that he had been working for the previous ’20 months’ to eradicate the n-word from his vocabulary.
Though Schnatter had resigned as CEO of Papa John’s in 2018 due to comments about the NFL, six months later he also stepped down as board chairman after he was recorded using the n-word while attempting to downplay the remarks during a company conference call.
So funny! Last week, TikToker @ricketycrickettt reacted to the video, filming herself laughing so hard she could barely get words out
‘Papa John, what are you doing? You’re supposed to be taking anti-racism classes, why are you thirst trapping on TikTok?’ she asked
During the call with media agency Laundry Service, Schnatter said ‘Colonel Sanders called blacks n*****s’ as he complained that the KFC founder never faced public backlash.
Speaking to OANN in March, he accused his colleagues of unfairly ‘painting’ him as a racist.
‘State of shock. Unbelievable — I just couldn’t understand it,’ he said. ‘You have a public board who paints its chairman … paints the founder as a racist, they know he’s not a racist — it’s just unbelievable.’
Schnatter then said he used to sit in bed wondering his peers managed to disparage his name.
He then bizarrely added: ‘We’ve had three goals for the last twenty months: Get rid of this N-word in my vocabulary and dictionary, and everything else because it’s just not true; figure out how they did this; and get on with my life.’
However, he later said in an email to DailyMail that his meaning on OANN was misconstrued.
I’m not racist: Ex-Papa John’s CEO said in March that he spent the previous twenty months scrubbing the ‘N-word’ from his vocabulary
John Schnatter resigned as CEO the pizza chain in 2018 after he blamed NFL players kneeling for the national anthem on dwindling sales. He also stepped down as board chairman six months later after he was recorded using the N-word during a company conference call about sensitivity training
‘On OANN, I tried to say, “Get rid of this n-word in (the) vocabulary and dictionary (of the news media), and everything else because it’s just not true,” reflecting my commitment to correct the false and malicious reporting by the news media about the conference call,’ Schnatter wrote.
‘It was proven in an investigative report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh that there was nothing racist in my words or actions on the conference call with our ad firm and that there has never been in my history. In fact, I said then, “I never used the word: on that call, though the media failed to report that crucial qualifier when I was paraphrasing a third party.’
Immediately after the OANN interview, Schnatter insisted he has ‘no history of racism.’
He then appealed for Papa John’s to apologize to him, urging them to admit they failed to due their ‘proper due diligence and process with Delaware law’ before booting him from the company three years ago.
The former CEO also noted that several members of Papa John’s board of directors benefited from kicking him out of the chain, claiming his removal led to them personally gaining of ‘tens of millions of dollars.’