ILVTOFU: State rejects tofu lover's custom license plate request - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

ILVTOFU: State rejects tofu lover's custom license plate request

(WMC-TV) - A custom license plate in Tennessee was recently rejected over what a Murfreesboro woman is calling a misunderstanding.

The Tennessee Department of Revenue rejected Whitney Calk's request for a license plate that read "ILVTOFU" on the grounds of vulgar language.

Tuesday, Most visitors at the Millington Driving Center had similar reactions.

"It looks like she's trying to do some cursing," Jermarcus Champion said.

But Calk, who claims the phrase on the plate actually should be interpreted as, "I love tofu," says she didn't know there was an issue with the custom tag until she received a letter of rejection.

"A little 'x' was marked that my plate was unavailable," Calk said. "I had no idea what that meant. I thought there was another tofu lover out there in Tennessee and that it had already been taken."

Calk said she was excited to use her license plate to encourage motorists to choose beans over beef.

"I really I thought that changing my license plate to say 'I love tofu' would be a great way to inspire people to try things like tofu, veggie burgers, and other vegan options like that," she said.

In a statement from the Tennessee Department of Revenue, a representative wrote, 'The Department of Revenue reserves the right to refuse to issue objectionable combinations that might be offensive to other citizens."

Calk says she plans to appeal the state's decision concerning the 'I love tofu' license plate. She's a member of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and says the organization stands behind her vegetarian beliefs.

"People in Tennessee should be able to represent their beliefs and their passions on their license plate," she said.

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