Is it now obligatory to use the euphemism “N-word” when talking about other people using a racial slur? I don’t think I’d ever even heard that euphemism until maybe 20 years ago, and it’s always struck me as tremendously childish. I don’t care enough to risk offending anyone about it, though.
(I say “childish”, but I don’t even use “F-word” or “S-word” or whatever when talking to children. Tell them that they shouldn’t say “the F-word” and they have a sense of being delightfully transgressive and powerful if they do so. It’s a word even adults dare not say! Dispassionately explaining why they shouldn’t say “fuck” is more effective in my experience. Boosting the power and impact of a much more offensive word by using “N-word” seems even more counterproductive than “F-word” and the like.)
(In case it wasn’t obvious, this is a completely separate issue to whether or not the Papa John’s founder is an asshat, which he obviously is.)