By Dee DeQuattro, WPRO News
A New Jersey eighth grader has started a petition to encourage the Pawtucket based Hasbro toy company to make its popular “Easy Bake Oven” in gender neutral colors and feature boys on the packaging.
McKenna Pope of Garfield New Jersey says her four-year-old brother Gavin loves to bake and really wanted an Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven for Christmas.
McKenna says she and her parents were appalled to find only girls on the packaging and that the oven only comes with one color scheme, pink and purple. In the petition, McKenna describes the colors as “girls coloration.” She says it sends the message “women cook, men work.”
She has since started a petition on Change.org and collected 40,000 signatures.
Food Network Star Bobby Flay has joined the cause saying he asked for an Easy Bake Oven when he was five-years-old. He said then it was a “putrid green” color and suggested the product come in a variety colors.
McKenna films Gavyn discussing the Easy Bake Oven: