73,000 People Want This Major U.S. City Renamed "Flavortown"
Citizens of Columbus, Ohio are turning out in droves in an online effort to rename their city "Flavortown" in honor of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host and chef, Guy Fieri, a Columbus native.
A Change.org petition created by Tyler Woodbridge opens with: "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," making reference to both the NBC series The Good Place and passages in the Columbus' own diary describing atrocities committed on the island of Hispaniola.
"Why not rename the city Flavortown?" the petition continues, explaining: "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," Woodbridge writes. "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."
Fieri is a nationally recognized host that appears on a number of Food Network programs. His failed restaurant opening in New York's Times Square earned derision, but Fieri has been a steadfast supporter of emergency workers in times of crisis, which has earned him a very high reputation. In particular, Fieri fed firefighters in Northern California during the brushfires and recently raised over $20 Million for out-of-work restaurant employees due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As a national reckoning about police brutality and racial inequality continues, statues of Columbus are being brought down across the nation to bring awareness to his cruel treatment of Indigenous people. Civic leaders in Ohio have already vowed to bring down its statue of Christopher Columbus after which the state capital is named. But, as of publishing, nearly 74,000 citizens have signed a petition in hopes of completely erasing the city's connection to Columbus' legacy. (Related: 8 Fast-Food Brands Supporting Black Lives Matter.)
"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 concludes. What do you think about renaming Columbus to Flavortown, Ohio?