Remember our favorite protesting eighth-grader McKenna Pope? She’s the young lady who hit Hasbro with a Change.org petition asking for gender-neutral Easy Bake Oven marketing, so that her 4-year-old brother Gavyn could feel comfortable playing with one around his friends. In the accompanying YouTube video McKenna made, Gavyn reveals that he wants a dinosaur and an Easy Bake for Christmas, but complains that the oven is pink, which means that only girls can play with it.
Enter Bobby Flay. No, really. As an early owner of an Easy Bake Oven, Bobby stepped in to voice his support for McKenna and Gavyn, in the hopes of reaching Hasbro. He told AP:
“Why not actually create something that everybody knows the name, but also it comes in different colors so that boys, girls, doesn’t matter, they can pick what color they want and it will make them a little more comfortable to buy it?”
Chef support snowballed from there. Manuel Trevino of Marble Lane, Joshua Whigham of The Bazaar by Jose Andres, Laurent Tourondel of Arlington Club, Brad Spence of Amis Trattoria, Spencer Rubin of The Melt Shop, Jeff Mahin of Stella Rossa Pizza Bar, and a boisterous Michael Lomonaco of Porterhouse New York all chimed in to make a video of their own in support of McKenna and Gavyn’s petition. Check out the video below. Warning: extreme heart-string-tugging may occur. Oh and, incidentally, 13-year-old McKenna has a marketing meeting with Hasbro on Monday.
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