He’s still rolling in dough.
Disgraced Papa John’s founder John Schnatter is serving up yet another slice of controversy with a bizarre series of TikTok videos that flaunt his massive collection of bling.
But it appears the pie pariah is still riding high. Schnatter, who is reportedly worth a cool $1 billion, is seen in one TikTok clip swaggering up to his personal helicopter in slo-mo while the Notorious B.I.G’s “Big Poppa” blares in the background. The braggadocious clip, entitled “do you know I have my own helicopter,” has racked up almost 600,000 views since it was uploaded April 28.
If that wasn’t ostentatious enough, Papa John also posted footage of his gargantuan garage full of vintage cars to his 100,000 followers.
In the most cringe-worthy clip with 1.3 million views, Papa John gives an “MTV Cribs”-esque tour of his sprawling, moat-encircled mansion in Kentucky, dubbed “The Papa Castle.” The $11 million property is the most expensive in Louisville, according to People.
“Welcome to my crib,” announces Schnatter, before flinging open his double doors to unveil a colossal wooden clock modeled after eagles mating in mid-air. “Eagles go up several thousand feet and mate all the way down,” the pizza czar explains. “Right before they hit, they separate so they don’t get hurt or killed. Perfect timing.”
The clip ends on a cliffhanger with Schnatter pretending like he’s going to show off the library. He then cheekily bails out and says, “Stay tuned, you gotta keep following. Maybe next time.”
Needless to say, Schnatter’s property porn didn’t go over well with many TikTokkers.
“Money doesn’t buy taste,” said one critic of the gaudy clips.
“Where’s Shaq,” wondered another in reference to the former NBA star joining Papa John’s company board last year.
Another found this wealth worship particularly tone-deaf in light of the coronavirus pandemic: “People of the world trying to survive and this man is showing off.”