Petition To Rename Columbus, Ohio Flavortown!! The petition already has 31,000 signatures. Tyler says the name change will both honor Guy Fieri and address the horrors committed by the city’s current namesake, Christopher Columbus.
“Columbus is an amazing city, but one whose name is tarnished by the very name itself,” the petition states. “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.”
The authors of the petition wrote that the new name speaks to both the city’s culinary history and Fieri’s good-dude-ness. “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,” the petition stated.
“Even if you take the Guy Fieri influence completely out of it, it’s a nod to the cultural heritage of Columbus being a culinary crossroads and a test market for the food industry.”
He also said Fieri himself helps the momentum of the whole idea. “It doesn’t hurt matters that Guy Fieri’s essentially a living cartoon and can really help propel the whole absurdity of the thing.”
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Petition To Rename Columbus, Ohio Flavortown!! Petition To Rename Columbus, Ohio Flavortown!!