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Twitter Melts Down Over David Brooks Column Calling Italian Sandwiches Insensitive

David Brooks, the Internet’s favorite punching bag over at the New York Times opinion pages, wrote a column on Tuesday in which he appears to imply that Italian sandwiches are insensitive to people with no college education.

In an op-ed entitled “How We Are Ruining America,” Brooks describes the increasingly insulated and entrenched elitist class in the United States.

It’s a fairly interesting column, but one paragraph stands out, in which Brooks tells a story about taking a high-school educated friend to “a gourmet sandwich shop” — only to realize, to his horror, that the friend was made uncomfortable by the fancy meats on display.

“I quickly asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else and she anxiously nodded yes and we ate Mexican,” Brooks writes.

Here is the passage, in all its glory:

Recently I took a friend with only a high school degree to lunch. 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.

The paragraph — insinuating that Italian sandwiches overwhelmed Brooks’ high-school educated friend so much that he had to whisk her away to a Mexican restaurant — set Twitter alight Tuesday morning, with jokes flooding in and many calling Brooks’ story condescending, if not outright bizarre:

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