Pizza Hut is having a very strange moment. A series of tweets from Jack Posobiec over the weekend sparked a wave of far-right nostalgia for the Pizza Huts of yesteryear.
On Sunday, Posobiec tweeted about taking his kids to a Washington, DC area Pizza Hut. “…It was a wasteland,” he wrote, “I guess they don’t eat in the restaurant anymore. Unmade boxes over all tables, dirty, delivery drivers hanging around.”
“Growing up on personal pans, red mugs and BookIt arcade games. It’s all gone now,” he said desperate.
The infamous purveyor of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory about a pedophile ring being run out of the basement of the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria then fired one volley of tweets about the Pizza Huts of the happier days.
Instead of the early iterations of the 64-year-old company founded in Kansas, Posobiec clearly nods to the Pizza Huts of the 1980s and 1990s. Back then, the world’s largest pizza chain had salad bars, jukeboxes, Care Bear mugs and stained-glass lights.
His 1.7 million Twitter followers quickly jumped on the Pizza Hut nostalgia train. “Pizza Hut” was trending nationwide on Monday.
“Everything great from the 80’s and 90’s is gone” wrote a.
To them, the chain’s changes over time aren’t so much about keeping up with changing eating habits and styles as they are somehow emblematic of America’s decline.
In a tweet, Posobiec included side-by-side images of alleged Pizza Huts in China and America. The Chinese location doesn’t resemble the Pizza Huts of the last century, but it is clean and well-kept. The “American” location is closed, run down, vandalized.
While there are many closed Pizza Huts in the United States, he could have quickly gone for Twitter users pointed out that the one pictured in Posobiec’s tweet is actually in Australia, a blog reported in 2015.
A lot of people made fun of the old Pizza Hut Stans. “Jack Posobiec’s Personal Pain Pizza” wrote a.
Posobiec retweeted some of the ridicule, including one person who opined that his Pizza Hut tweets were “right-wing propaganda to upset the uneducated brain-dead MAGAs.”
Pizza Hut has not responded to the sudden outpouring of right-wing sentiment for the brand.
There are some tweets purporting to be from Pizza Hut replying to Posobiec floating around on Twitter, but they appear to have been photoshopped by parody accounts.
Some went deeper with their analysis of the far-right’s sudden fondness for Pizza Huts.
For her, the sudden outburst of nostalgia relates not so much to Pizza Hut as to a general nostalgia for what used to be. This is a common sentiment among people who feel let down by the gradual move away from the undisputed dominance of straight, white, Christian males in American society in recent decades.
Posobiec himself seemed to understand that. “Pizza Hut Nationalism”, he tweeted.
As @wokal_distance put itPeople like Posobiec see the 1980s and 1990s as “stable”, “healthy, fun and [allowing] for a kind of innocence.”
“That does not exist anymore. Radical politics permeates all current Nickelodeon shows, Disney films and mainstream media,” they say continued. “There are no neutral, shared spaces. There is no such thing as childish innocence…”
“All of this is over and the childhood we had we cannot give to our children because the world we grew up to survive in no longer exists.”
While he may not be able to recreate the power dynamics of the last century, Posobiec need not despair over the loss of the Pizza Huts of his youth. Last year, a podcast identified more than a dozen “classic” Pizza Huts, including one within driving distance of Washington, DC
And the BookIt program he so dearly misses (where kids get a free personal skillet if they read a certain number of books) is still alive and well. Unfortunately for Posobiec, it is only available for children from 4 to 12 years old.
*Initial publication: May 9, 2022 at 10:28 am CDT
Claire Goforth is a staff writer at the Daily Dot and covers all topics related to politics and technology with a focus on far right and conspiracy theories.
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