Lifestyle Food 'New York Times' Columnist Gets Blasted for 'Utterly Insane' Story About Sandwiches David Brooks' column was widely seen as condescending by the people of Twitter. By Shay Spence Published on July 11, 2017 01:25 PM Share Tweet Pin Email As Twitter exploded over the news about Donald Trump Jr.’s emails on Tuesday morning, another controversy has been making the viral rounds: a strange tale about a sandwich. 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.” Want the ultimate dish on the latest celebrity food news, plus exclusive recipes, videos and more? Click here to subscribe to the People Food newsletter. The paragraph was widely criticized as condescending on Twitter, with journalist Max Read calling it “utterly insane.” Others went with pure mockery, as Twitter does best. FROM PEN: Chef Gordon Ramsay Explains Why He Won’t Think About His ‘Death Row Meal’ If all this talk has you clamoring for a perfectly-crafted Italian deli sandwich, we’ve got you covered—of course, if that’s too high brow, you could always go get some free Chick-fil-A instead.