There's an online petition going around for renaming the city of Columbus, Ohio! In order to erase any links to Christopher Columbus, people are signing the petition to rename the city after chef, Guy Fieri!
The petition was launched on Change.org by organizer, Tyler Woodbridge, who posted in the petition:
Beloved Buckeyes one and all,
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.
Why not rename the city Flavortown? 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. 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.
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.
As of the morning of Tuesday, June 23, the petition had over 44,1000 signatures!