A Buffalo restaurant is under fire after putting a sexually graphic image of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on a menu.
The Buffalo News reports that The Roost, located at 1502 Niagara St. in Buffalo, posted their new brunch menu on social media over the weekend. The list of food offerings included text above a picture of Frosted Flakes mascot Tony the Tiger, smiling behind a picture of Cuomo with his pants down, suggesting sex.
The backlash was swift, with social media users accusing the restaurant of promoting homophobia and normalizing rape. The menu was removed on Saturday night, but copies of the offensive image continue to circulate on Twitter and Facebook.
“Rape has no place on a restaurant menu”, @BuffaloFood tweeted. “Shame on you, Roost.”
“What makes you want to brunch besides homophobic jokes?” Roost Buffalo is working hard to make sure the bar stays low, ”another Twitter user wrote.
“I’ve had my fill of the @NYGovCuomo hate. I’m pretty sure this vile image violates a bunch of @KelloggsUS @frosted_flakes trademarks ”, a third noted. “One thing’s for sure, I’ll never eat at Roost Buffalo again.
Cuomo and Kellogg’s have not publicly commented on the image.
Roost owner Martin Danilowicz refuses to apologize.
“I apologize, and it’s like admitting that I did something wrong, that I’m homophobic and that I’m promoting the culture of rape. It is not my intention. Anyone who knows me knows that. So no, I’m not going to apologize for that, ”he told the Buffalo News. “I am who I am, and I’m not going to back down from who I am.”
Danilowicz also said that many customers, including “all my gay friends,” cheered the image and filled his restaurant.
“I have hundreds of gay friends, and none of them took issue with what I posted,” he told WKBW.
The Roost had already sparked controversy in 2018 with a video on Facebook that showed a woman in her underwear rolling pasta and then smoking a cigarette.
Danilowicz, frustrated with New York state’s restrictions in the Covid-19 pandemic, told Buffalo News he had lost $ 1.2 million in the past year. He said the image of the governor with a cartoon tiger was not as bad as what Cuomo had done at his business.
“Do I want my mother to be sick?” No. Do I think the Covid exists? Absolutely 100%. But I think our governor did something really horrible to me, ”Danilowicz told the newspaper.