Petition Seeks Columbus, Ohio Renamed To Flavortown In Honor Of Guy Fieri

Welcome to Flavortown, USA.

June 24, 2020

In the wake of nationwide and worldwide protests against racial injustice, many cities, states and even private companies are removing or restricting depictions of what can be considered racially insensitive or offensive monuments, statues and flags.

NASCAR notably banned the confederate flag from their races, a long list of confederate statues have been removed from around the country, and even the confederate monument in St. Augustine will be removed - with discussions on it's fate continuing. 

One of the names/figures that people want to see removed is Christopher Columbus, for the parts of history they kind of glossed over back in elementary school. Over the last decade or so, there have even been calls to remove Columbus Day completely and focus instead on Indigenous Peoples' Day

The citizens and the city of Columbus, Ohio have their own suggestion on how to address the name of their city: Change the name to Flavortown in honor of celebrity chef Guy Fieri - born in Columbus, Ohio in 1968.

At the time of this posting, more than 70,000 have signed the petition so far and organizers say that it's a fitting name change because Columbus is a culinary crossroads of America and Fieri's birthplace.

Mr. Fieri, outside of his mutiple Food Network shows, has been noted as quite the humanitarian with acts like stepping in to feed California Firefighters while dealing with the devastating 2019 wildfires and helping to raise money for the restaurant workers of America who have been greatly affected by the Coronavirus shutdowns.