“I am a Jew and my confectioner is a Jew. This is the food we grew up with, ”he said. “The joke was that we weren’t Jewish enough to cook our own food.”
Brooks continued, “Yeah, it’s a joke with no color. Jokes can’t be colored. She’s not doing that wrong. Nobody has to follow me on Instagram. “He insisted that he” wasn’t trying to be offensive. Nobody drinks children’s blood. That is completely ridiculous to say; a cartoonish thing to say. “
Brooks has a reputation for enjoying controversy. After receiving complaints about a mural of copulating rabbits in one of his other restaurants two years ago, he left a note on the outside wall that read, “Anyone can hold and suck … do your own thing … and you’re welcome to get up.” Property values. Bye.”
A Jewish restaurateur in Indianapolis said she was “deeply injured as a member of the Jewish community” by Brook’s recent outbreak.
“When I read the comment, I had no idea who was uttering those words. I didn’t care who said it. The words were so offensive that I just stopped, ”said Martha Hoover, who owns several restaurants in town. “When I heard who it was, I was utterly disappointed because I know he’s an active member of the Indianapolis food scene and it’s just unacceptable.”
Lindsey Mintz, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, told IndyStar that “the blood libel is one of the most dangerous anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that lingers in history and should never be treated as a joke.”
Mintz added that she found the release particularly troubling as hate crimes against Jewish people in the United States were on the rise and increasingly fueled by social media.
“The concern is how it’s used. When picked up by extremist voices, saying, “Look, it’s true,” she said. “However it is used, it is shamefully used by people who do not have good intentions towards Jews or towards other people who are different.”
Brooks’ newly unveiled “Jewish-Inspired Menu” at Milktooth includes familiar items like knives, Israeli salad, bagels, falafel, matzo ball soup and a brisket sandwich, as well as downright untraditional offerings like a hamburger with pork liver pate and Swiss cheese.