Downtown Restaurant Doubles Down on Sexually-Graphic Cuomo Ad
One area restaurant is getting mixed reviews for it's latest advertisements.
Downtown Buffalo restaurant Roost's now-deleted recent social media ads feature Tony the Tiger (of Frosted Flakes fame) appearing to sexually assault New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Viewers immediately blasted the restaurant, saying the depiction was in poor taste, homophobic and normalized rape. The menu was deleted Saturday night after many copies were shared online.
-The Buffalo News
The Buffalo News reports Roost's owner Martin Danilowicz isn't sorry, and promises an even more controversial menu advertisement for the upcoming weekend.
“I can't wait for everyone to see my Valentine's Day menu,” he said to the Buffalo News. “Because if you thought this one was bad – it’s just as controversial. I am who I am, and I'm not going to back down from being who I am.”
Danilowicz is a long-time chef in Buffalo, having worked with other concepts Just Pasta, Osaka, Martin Cooks and more.
The advertisement is in response to Cuomo's tough COVID-19 restrictions, which have had a significant impact on the restaurant industry.
Danilowicz told WKBW he is not homophobic or promoting rape with the ad, despite the graphic imagery depicting the Governor being sexually assaulted by Tony the Tiger.
"To have anyone think I'm homophobic or that I'm inciting rape, is extremely unfair," Danilowicz said.
"The reason we posted it was because we felt like we didn't get our fair share like other several other restaurants."