Could Chuck E. Cheese be hiding a dark secret? Popular internet personality Shane Dawson, 30, thinks they might. Dawson added new fuel to a bizarre, decade-old conspiracy theory on Monday when he posted a YouTube video promising an in-depth investigation into misshapen pizzas. Photos uploaded to Instagram, Yelp, and Trip Adviser show how the crusts on Chuck E. Cheese’s slices don’t always line up to form a perfect circle. To Dawson, who has more than 20 million subscribers on YouTube and whose videos have been viewed more than 4.7 billion times since 2005, thinks this idea merited further research.
A Google search turned up two Yahoo answers threads from 10 years ago in which concerned customers postulated that staff at the family friendly chain were recycling pizza slices that get left on the table after customers finish eating. In his video, Dawson strongly suggested that Chuck E. Cheese’s employees could be reheating those leftover slices and using them to form new pizzas, though no evidence of this has emerged over the past decade. “Just a theory,” he said, later asking out loud, “Am I going to get sued?” CEC Entertainment, the parent company for Chuck E. Cheese’s, hasn’t indicated yet whether it plans to take legal action against the YouTube star but responded Tuesday to the video, which had more than 14 million views as of early Wednesday morning.
“The claims made in this video about Chuck E. Cheese’s and our pizza are unequivocally false,” the chain’s spokesperson said in a statement sent to multiple media outlets. “No conspiracies here – our pizzas are made to order and we prepare our dough fresh in restaurant, which means that they’re not always perfectly uniform in shape, but always delicious.”