Some Subway franchisees are demanding the company drop Megan Rapinoe’s new ad.
Per the Washington Examiner “at the event hosted by the North American Association of Subway Franchisees, franchisees discussed removing Rapinoe from a new ad where she kicks a soccer ball at a person holding a burrito, citing complaints they have received from their customers about her.”
A Wisconsin store operator read from a note a customer taped to the glass door “Boycott Subway until Subway fires the anti-American … Megan Rapinoe, the creep who kneels for our beloved National Anthem!”
“The ad should be pulled and done with,” the franchisee then argued. “It gets tiring apologizing.”
“Spending our money to make a political statement is completely and totally out of bounds,” another Arizona franchisee said.
Executive Director Illya Berecz told franchisees in a letter obtained by New York Post “Your NAASF Board has already communicated with [Subway] leadership the concerns voiced by NAASF membership.”
“I had a bunch of franchisees calling me on this today,” a lawyer representing Subway franchisees similarly confirmed to the New York Post. “They are trying to get the ads pulled.”