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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.

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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." (Read more Easy Bake Oven stories.)

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