In a New York Times op-ed titled “How We Are Ruining America”, columnist David Brooks wrote about income inequality in the U.S. and the inherent advantage that upper-middle-class citizens have in our society. While he began the piece with some concrete statistics about class structure, his point got derailed when he told the story of a meal he had with a friend with a lower level of education than himself.
“Recently I took a friend with only a high school degree to lunch,” Brooks writes in the story published Tuesday morning. “Insensitively, I led her into a gourmet sandwich shop. Suddenly I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted with sandwiches named ‘Padrino’ and ‘Pomodoro’ and ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette. I quickly asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else and she anxiously nodded yes and we ate Mexican.”
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The paragraph was wide criticized as condescending on Twitter, with journalist Max Read calling it “utterly insane.”
— Max Read (@max_read) July 11, 2017
Others went with pure mockery, as Twitter does best.
for any woman who has ever felt overwhelmed or scared by a sandwich menu, david brooks is here for you sweetie. he’ll help.
— eve peyser (@evepeyser) July 11, 2017
Me: *takes friend to sandwich shop*
Friend: *not sure what to order*
Me: Ah, you’re too stupid for sandwiches, we’ll go somewhere else
— Pixelated Boat (@pixelatedboat) July 11, 2017
Another great morning for me, David Brooks’ friend. Time to dig into my pedestrian Mexican lunch and read his latest column…
— Luke O’Neil (@lukeoneil47) July 11, 2017
David Brooks interacts with the unwashed masses: act one, scene one. https://t.co/vBudmMiGZ3
— Brooke Rogers (@bkerogers) July 11, 2017
today’s David Brooks column is worth reading pic.twitter.com/6UbURCmVAc
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) July 11, 2017
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Somewhere David Brooks’ lunch date is fuming over a NYT thinking “I keep kosher, you jackass.”
— Julian Sanchez (@normative) July 11, 2017
I took David Brooks to Wendy’s. He stared at the menu in disbelief. I could see the fear in his eyes as he tried to understand “Baconator”.
— DJ (@dj_freese) July 11, 2017