Papa John's Pizza founder John Schnatter used the n-word during a 2018 training call with an agency hired to teach him acceptable communication techniques. Schnatter claimed that Colonel Sanders routinely said n***** without repercussions. Within days, Schnatter's racist reference sent his career into a free fall. He called me and asked "Do you want to interview me?" I told him that there could be no limitations on the subject matter and that I needed 15 minutes to get to a WHAS Radio studio to record it. Schnatter agreed to the terms. The conversation lasted 28 minutes even though Schnatter attempted to end it earlier. It made national news when Schnatter's reluctant apology leaked into defiance and blaming others for coercing him to say
Writer Travis Okulski sneered online that a Pepsi Max prank video featuring Jeff Gordon was bogus. He couldn't fathom that the legendary race car driver would take an unsuspecting car salesman on a terrifying "test drive" without the salesman's prior consent. So one of Okulski's friends worked with Pepsi to trick his buddy in a command performance by Gordon. This time, the Hall of Fame race car driver was disguised as an ex-con driving a Yellow Cab. When a choreographed police stop sidelines Gordon and his unsuspecting fare, Gordon goes on another incredible driving adventure as Okulski begs to be freed. Enjoy the prank. The driving is real. Here's the original Jeff Gordon "test drive" that some skeptics like Okulski thought was staged.