When Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther
announced that the statue of Christopher
Columbus outside City Hall would be removed.
residents of Ohio’s capital started a
petition to take the movement one step further.
Thousands are fighting to erase
the city’s connection with Christopher
Columbus — including the city name — .
and are advocating for it to be
changed to Flavortown in honor
of Columbus native Guy Fieri.
“Even though it’s my favorite city, I was
always a bit ashamed of the name,” 32-
year-old Tyler Woodbridge told CNN.
Thus, he created the petition to rename the city
to Flavortown — Fieri’s signature catchphrase
on his plethora of shows on The Food Network.
As of June 23, almost 50,000 people have signed.
Woodbridge didn’t select the Flavortown
name to be funny. Fieri has a track record
of doing incredible charity work.
Recently, Fieri helped raise more than $20 million
for restaurant workers during the pandemic. He’s
even officiated more than 100 LGBTQIA+ weddings.
The petition even caught the eye of Budweiser, who
tweeted that they’d give free Bud Light Seltzer to every
resident of Flavortown if the name change actually happens.
Even if Flavortown doesn’t work out, Woodbridge just
hopes the city changes its name from Columbus. “Now
is the time for progressiveness. It’s a time for change"