Rightbloggers Revisit the Battle of Chick-fil-A with Papa John's Anti-Obama Crap Food Fest

tomt200.jpgWith last week's big doings in the Petraeus scandal and Israel's latest skirmishes with Hamas, why are we focusing on fast food?

Because as important as those affairs of state may be, they are, for our rightblogger subjects, evanescent -- they will bark and howl over them for the length of their limited runs, then rush to gnash their fangs over something else. What really animates them is culture war -- and as we mentioned last week, in the Second Age of Obama culture is their big fixation: Finding a way to make America love them again (or rather their own objects of adoration, for America barely knows they exist).

So we take interest in their recent attention to flat-round-thing-vaguely-resembling-pizza-maker Papa John's, its CEO's plan to screw his own employees to spite Obama, and the humorous "Papa John's Appreciation Day" ginned up in reaction by the brethren.

Some of you may remember the last big rightblogger junk food skirmish -- "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," during which rightbloggers bade patriots stuff their maws with crap chicken made by an anti-gay chain in defense of heterosexuality or free speech or something. Chick-fil-A enjoyed a brief sales boost, and rightbloggers enjoyed the feeling that Americans who ate fast food must also share their negative feelings about homosexuals and the Main Stream Media.

The memory is still powerful for Mary Durbin of American Thinker, who in a stirring essay wrote that on Election Night "I cried for my country, I cried for my faith, and I cried for the loss of what I imagined would be a life free from constant worry over what the government was going to do next to reduce liberty and freedom."

But Durbin's heart was warmed by a visit to a Florida mall, where "the Christmas decorations were already up. I am one of those people who find Christmas decorations in early November an abomination and disrespectful to the next holiday in line, Thanksgiving...but this time, I found it comforting to see Santa Claus (the real one -- not the government-issued one) sitting in his overstuffed chair... to paraphrase Dr. Seuss and the Grinch, the election didn't stop Christmas from coming. It's coming."

Rounding out her epiphany: "I went to the food court and saw a long line at Chick-fil-A. I joined it. As usual, I received great service. The young man waiting on me was from the demographic that has been so constantly scrutinized of late. I said to myself, 'Please, please don't grow up to be a Democrat.'" So there's still hope, and as long as it remains, "despite everything, we Americans are a strong people, and we will find ways to get on with our lives."

As if in answer to Durbin's prayer, a couple of other fast food chain owners declared their opposition to the Obama Administration after the election, most spectacularly Papa John's boss John Schnatter, who said he'd probably cut employees' hours because the Kenyan Pretender was making him give them health insurance. Schnatter had previously announced his intention to raise his pizza-like-product's price by about 14 cents if Obama were to be reelected, so as to cover his alleged extra expenses under the Affordable Care Act (though Forbes found Schnatter's estimated Obamacare tab much exaggerated).

People decided to boycott Papa John's over this -- some, the staff at Michelle Malkin's alternate Twitter universe Twitchy complained, in less than civil language. In response, rightbloggers hailed Schnatter a hero, and saddled up once again to show their contempt for the newly-reelected President by supersizing their usual fast food orders.

The resulting "Papa John's Appreciation Day" was allegedly conceived by an organization new to us called Rebooting America, aka Resistance 44, headed by one Justen Charters, described at LinkedIn as "CEO at Dear Citizen LLC, Political Researcher, Social Media Specialist And Event Planner." Another online CV tells us Charters also worked to "grow Christine O Donnell's twitter, facebook and youtube following."

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Resistance 44 was touted earlier this year by Matt Vespa of ImpeachObamaCampaign.com as part of a new movement to "make conservatism look cool" by "taking over social media including YouTube, FaceBook, Twitter & Vimeo, debunking all stereotypes that young liberals put on conservatives," etc., thereby "creating the largest voter turnout in U.S. History in the 18-40 demographic."

As we saw on November 6, things didn't turn out quite the way Charters seemed to expect. But the struggle continues: Young people love pizza, right? Wouldn't it naturally follow that they'd love a rightwing pizza chain magnate who wanted to stiff his workers and charge customers extra to show his contempt for a newly-reelected President?

The face of resistance was made younger still in a story by George Rasley of Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ (boy, that sounds like a fun clubhouse, huh?). Rasley told us that "16-year old Daniel Wetter" had actually "put together a cell of online conservative revolutionaries called 'Rebooting America' that has organized Friday, November 16 as a national day of appreciation for the Papa John's pizza chain."

Later Fox News clarified that Wetter was just "part of an upstart group called Rebooting America," and he "credits fellow conservative activist Justen Charters with coming up with the idea." Don't worry, comrades -- comes Der Tag there'll be credit enough to go around.

Rightbloggers went all in for the big win.

"Only the left would react to a business going under by boycotting it," said Ben Shapiro of Breitbart.com. Papa John's is actually doing great -- its stock price has tripled since the Kenyan Pretender took office -- but forget it, he's rolling: "The left's hatred for business couldn't be any clearer than in this case," Shapiro asserted, then added, "their hatred for reality is even greater than that," though he declined to similarly rank the left's hatred of Jesus, God, and Santa Claus. "Papa John's Appreciation Day is truly appreciation for capitalism itself," climaxed Shapiro, "and for the burdens government and the left place on the folks who do all the hiring in America."

"It's very obvious," said Randy Hall of NewsBusters, "that none of the liberals criticizing Schnatter, who founded and oversees the third-largest take-out and delivery pizza restaurant chain in the United States (behind Pizza Hut and Domino's Pizza), have anything anywhere near comparable business experience." So who are they to criticize some rich business guy who isn't a commie like Warren Buffet or Ted Turner?

"Call it putting your mouth where your money is," unappetizingly explained Jillian Kay Melchior of National Review, who added that Schnatter's hours-cutting showed "that the health law's new requirements hurt not only CEOs but also the low-income, hard-working people they employ," presumably in much the same way that the parent of a kidnapped child is responsible when she doesn't pay up fast enough and the kidnapper cuts off the kid's finger.

Using similar logic, Bryan Jacoutot at Legal Insurrection riddled-me-this, "The hallmark of any successful boycott is the limitation of revenue for the company you are targeting. So, if somehow this boycott were to be successful, the logical result would be that Papa John's would lose money forcing them to cut more jobs, and more hours... In achieving their goal, the boycotters will have achieved the exact opposite of their goal." Jacoutot then retucked his shirt and got back to work on his 60,000 word critique of Attack of the Clones.

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pizza_eater
pizza_eater

I hate most Republicans but I like Papa John's thin-crust pizza *for the price when there's a good promo code available*. This past baseball season I could get half off regular menu price the day after a Yankees victory in which they scored at least 6 runs. This was a great deal even when regular menu price went up in the middle of the season. Now that the baseball season is over, good promotions a rare. Last football season, I could get half off regular menu price on the Tuesday and Wednesday following a Jets or Giants win but they're not doing that this season.

brianschlosser42
brianschlosser42

Roy, you bastard! Say what you want about Papa John's wretched pizza simulacra, but hold your tongue on Chick-fil-a sandwiches! They fact that their sammies are heaven in a bun is what made boycotting them so damn hard.

Davis
Davis

Frustrating; this is the second boycott of a product I've never tried or ever planned to. Good thing Ben and Jerry aren't assholes.

Jack
Jack

Aren't they exhausted yet? The Benghazi thing alone, which I still have no idea what they are exactly crying about, is enough to make you want to bash your head into a wall whenever you hear one of these conservative fuckwads talk about it. 

Jack
Jack

When will they ever shut  the fuck up? Especially Ben Shapiro. If there was ever a prime example of how meritocracy has failed us, he's it. 

mjfitz
mjfitz

Please, please Mr. President, declare December as "Anti-Suicide Month"...

anonanonanon
anonanonanon

Mary Durbin's tears are delicious. deeeeelicious.

substancemcgravitas
substancemcgravitas

It stands to reason that one guy at Papa John's deciding to fuck over a whole bunch of employees = more freedom for EVERYONE (except all of those employees) (and everyone is that one guy).

Leedsman
Leedsman

"...what the government was going to do next to reduce liberty and freedom"

 

When oh when will this diminishing of our abstract, synonymous but somehow undefined abstract concepts stop? Oh the humanity and the personhood!

MrWonderful
MrWonderful

"...and we will find ways to get on with our lives."

 

It's not a great meme, but it's a good meme, and appendable to a wide variety of moronic wingnut plaints about "freedom from homosexual chicken sandwiches" and "the tyranny of other people having health insurance" and whatnot.

paleotectonics
paleotectonics

A-HA! My plan is working  I've successfully killed wingers tastebuds and circulatory systems. Next on the checklist...

'OBAMA FINALLY QUITS SMOKING, CALLS IT UNHEALTHY, LIBTARD PRECOGS START SHAMING SMOKERS'  

Dateline, One of the damn Carolinas: Those brave souls resisting OFASCISTCARE have started a counter protest to OBUMMER calling smokes bad and trying to keep people healthy. "We can't keep 'em instock, Marbs, Camels, Virginia Slims, lines around the block, people taking pictures for the twitters and Facebooks," said Bubba Grunion, longtime employee of the Carnyville Koozmart. "If they take away smoking, I'll lose this job, $3.35 and hour, plenty of overtime, even some voluntary OT, enough to pay for my own healthcare at the Walmart MinuteClinic. Lotsa folk want this job, and Mr. Adelson is very generous, he could put a Koozymart anywhere but he's said he loves Carnyville, on the TV."

 

Daily Tucker

AtticusDogsbody
AtticusDogsbody

The real Santa does P90X and the only time he sees a reindeer is through his scope.

editor92
editor92

Thin gruel these days, innit, Roy? A hard rain has fallen on the hood and spirits are palpably damp. I saw a plaintive/brave What Would Breitbart Do post a day or two after the election and answered it -- he would get drunk and yell at some Occupy Sandy people about rape, because he was willing to get wet and windblown for his cause -- and then there was this: 

DUNKIRK

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/11/dunkirk/comment-page-1/#comments

 

Shell-shocked covered in black powder huddled on the coast awaiting Winston who will come, it's like Howl.

Hattie
Hattie

 @editor92 Oh my they are a'hurtin'! Unshaven and no Churchill in sight, him being dead and all.

merl.allen
merl.allen topcommenter

 @editor92 They've gone full blown Walter Mitty over there havent' they?

Oberon
Oberon

 @editor92 

 

Wow, you have found the motherlode of inconsolable butt-hurt.  Dunkirk is too cheery for them

 

    "Sorry, Professor. This isn’t Dunkirk. It’s Appаmatox Courthouse."

 

Awesome.

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