Chiaro’s Pizza, Sellersville, Is as Red-Faced Embarrassed as Its Sauce Over Nude Image in Print Ad

shirtless black man
Image via The Celebography.
Wardy Joubert III, whose image somehow appeared in a stock cappuccino photo.

Chiaro’s Pizza, Sellersville, is deeply apologizing for issuing an ad that contained an unintended image in a stock cappuccino photograph. WMMR’s Marisa Magnatta uncovered the story.

The ad appeared in Community Connection Monthly, a direct-mailer magazine that presents local businesses stories, community events, and resident profiles.

Chiaro’s is a regular advertiser, buying ads that shows its award-winning pies, smiling servers, and extensive sides.

The latest issue contains a shot of a dessert accompanied by a cappuccino whose foam has been swirled to create an image, a common serving perk.

Except that this image is of a nude black man, Wardy Joubert III, a now-deceased semi-pro football player who took part in an adult photoshoot when he hit financial difficulties.

Both the pizzeria and the ad’s printer are mortified. Neither can quite explain how the accident happened, but both have deeply apologized for it.

The Chiaro’s statement read in part: Neither us nor the Community Connections’ proofreaders, [nor the printer’s proofreaders] caught the subtle nature of what we thought was a tasteful photo… . We are working on making sure this does not happen again.

The WMMR report also included a call for support of Chiaro’s Pizza. As a small business, the story inferred, it faces enough challenges just resulting from the pandemic.

Thus far, public comment on social media shows a general willingness to laugh off the incident as a rare mistake.

Find out more about the origin of this photo and the man behind one of the most popular memes of 2020.

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