Hasbro to Meet Girl Fighting for Less 'Girly' Easy-Bake

As top male chefs rally behind her

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 13, 2012 10:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Hasbro has agreed to meet with the 13-year-old New Jersey girl who caught the nation's attention by starting a petition demanding a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven. McKenna Pope will meet with Hasbro's Easy-Bake team on Monday to discuss her ideas, the Consumerist reports. McKenna's petition, which laments that her brother refused to buy the oven because it only "comes in gender-specific hues" has drawn more than 40,000 signatures so far.

Among McKenna's supporters are a host of big name chefs. People like Laurent Tourondel, Michael Lomanco, Chopped contestant Joshua Whigham and more posted a YouTube video this week voicing their support, Today reports. Of course, Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson had another take on the matter: "Whatevs about the whole Easy Bake oven in 'dude' colors," he tweeted. "The tough boy chef is the one who cooks 10 course tasting (plus amuses & mignardises) w/PINK Easy Bake oven & not give a hoot about color."

McKenna Pope, 13, right, and her brother Gavyn Boscio, 4, pose for a photo at their home in Garfield, NJ, Dec. 6, 2012.
McKenna Pope, 13, right, and her brother Gavyn Boscio, 4, pose for a photo at their home in Garfield, NJ, Dec. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
This Sept. 8, 2011 file photo shows Hasbro's newest version of their famous Easy Bake Oven in Pawtucket, RI.
This Sept. 8, 2011 file photo shows Hasbro's newest version of their famous "Easy Bake Oven" in Pawtucket, RI.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)
« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow
Some major chefs express their support for McKenna Pope's cause.   (YouTube)

« Prev« Prev | Next »Next »
My TakeCLICK BELOW TO VOTE
49%
7%
6%
2%
34%
2%
To report an error on this story, notify our editors.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   BuzzFeed   |   Cracked   |   World History Project   |   POPSUGAR Tech   |   Business Insider   |   HuffPost Entertainment