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It’s not enough for the woke contingent to remove the Christopher Columbus statue in front of the Columbus, Ohio, city hall. The name of the city is now apparently in play.
A petition is active on Change.org to rename the city Flavortown. Food Network personality Guy Fieri, as he attained celebrity status, acquired the nickname “mayor of Flavortown,” and which appears on his Twitter page.
In requesting signatures, petition initiator Tyler Woodbridge provided this explanation.
“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, chef-lebrity 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.”
A former Columbus resident who now lives in Murfreesboro, Tenn. according to Food & Wine, Woodbridge also condemned the explorer’s alleged legacy of “raping, slave trading, and genocide.”
The petition has already garnered about 27,000 signatures, although Food & Wine noted that anyone can sign it regardless of where they live.
Woodbridge told Newsweek that his original idea “‘was to go with something such as Tecumseh, in honor of a central Ohio indigenous leader,’ but that the versatility of the name Flavortown was why he opted to use that name in the petition.”
Democrat Mayor Andrew Ginther, who could be out of a job if Gieri takes over, has already endorsed the idea of replacing the statue of the man whom the city and state capitol is named after, Fox News reported
“For many people in our community, the statue represents patriarchy, oppression and divisiveness. That does not represent our great city, and we will no longer live in the shadow of our ugly past. Now is the right time to replace this statue with artwork that demonstrates our enduring fight to end racism and celebrate the themes of diversity and inclusion.”
“Across the country, other statues of Christopher Columbus have been torn down, defaced or removed in response to growing criticism over Columbus’ legacy in the Americas,” Fox News added.
Columbus was gifted the statue in 1955 by the Italian city of Genoa. It is now headed to storage while officials decide on a new location.
In a related development, New Mexico (and likely other jurisdictions) is in the process of replacing the Columbus Day holiday with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Assisted perhaps by his over-the-top personality and hair, California restaurateur Guy Fieri became one of the few breakout headliners who was able to become a permanent TV fixture after winning The Next Food Network Star cooking competition. His TV career took off from there and has become a ubiquitous host on the Food Network for series such as the Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives roadshow and Guys’ Grocery Games.
Neither Guy Fieri nor his representatives have responded as yet to the presumably tongue-in-cheek renaming effort.
In the meantime, the politicized, if not mob-rule effort, based on contemporary standards to erase good or bad history, or history that is somewhere in between, continues.
For example, New York City has announced it is removing the statue of President Theodore Roosevelt from the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History.
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