Tuesday's HOT MIC
Good points, Stephen. I just love the mockery.
People are laughing at this, specifically.
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.
Twitter users mocked David Brooks for getting distracted by "deli meats." They mocked him for assuming his friend was intimidated by the meats, without asking. But of course, the friend might have been less concerned about the Italian names than about the prices beside them.
Brooks does indeed have a point about artificial class barriers, and he may be dancing around the truth on the sandwiches, but when people read his paragraph, they get a distinct impression of Brooks's view of how "lower class" people think. Here it is.