Should Columbus, Ohio be Renamed ‘Flavortown’ After Guy Fieri?
Thousands have signed a petition to rename the city of Columbus, Ohio "Flavortown" after Columbus-born chef, restauranteur, and Food Network TV host Guy Fieri.
As CNN reports, amid the nation-wide conversation around police brutality and racial inequality "statues of Columbus are being brought down across the nation to bring awareness to the cruelty he brought upon Indigenous people."
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has already announced that the statue outside City Hall will be taken down.
But some residents think the removal of the statue isn't enough.
32-year-old Tyler Woodbridge started a change.org petition to change the city's name to Flavortown. It has since garnered more than 100,000 signatures.
Beloved Buckeyes one and all,
Columbus is an amazing city, but one whose name is tarnished by the very name itself. Its namesake, Christopher Columbus, is in The Bad Place because of all his raping, slave trading, and genocide. That's not exactly a proud legacy.
Why not rename the city Flavortown? The new name is twofold. For one, it honors Central Ohio's proud heritage as a culinary crossroads and one of the nation's largest test markets for the food industry. Secondly, cheflebrity Guy Fieri was born in Columbus, so naming the city in honor of him (he's such a good dude, really) would be superior to its current nomenclature.
I'm not up to date on my Columbus town charter, so whether it takes a council vote or a petition or a town referendum - let's get the ball rolling for a more flavorful tomorrow.
The petition has gotten the attention of Budweiser, which is offering to give out free Bud Light Seltzer to all the city's residents if the name is changed to Flavortown.