Thousands sign petition to rename Ohio capital "Flavortown"

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"

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