Joan Jett removed from Macy’s Thanksgiving parade float

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Joan Jett (Wikimedia)

Joan Jett (Wikimedia)

SOUTH DAKOTA — Rock star Joan Jett was removed from a parade float representing South Dakota in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after ranchers protested her appearance, saying she’s a vegetarian and a critic of their livestock production.

Jett is a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the world’s largest animal rights group that promotes a vegetarian diet and condemns factory farms and ranches.

“I’ve decided to switch from South Dakota to another float because people’s political agendas were getting in the way of what should be a purely entertainment driven event,” Jett said in a statement Saturday. “I will remain focused on entertaining the millions of people watching, who will be celebrating a great American tradition.”

The trade group for ranchers in South Dakota complained about Jett’s placement on the state’s float for the New York parade, KEVN reported.

“So, of course, when we learned that about Miss Jett, we were rightly concerned about her representing South Dakota and a state that is so heavily reliant on agriculture and livestock production to drive our economy,” Jodie Anderson of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association told the station.

A Macy’s spokesman said Jett and her Blackhearts band will be moved to another float, and another undetermined performer will take Jett’s place on the South Dakota float, the affiliate said.

A PETA leader said the controversy reflected what the group deems as problems in the cattle industry.

“Thanks to South Dakota’s reactionary ranchers, people across the country have learned why Joan Jett supports PETA. The meat trade can’t stand any scrutiny of its cruelty,” PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews said in a statement.

Many celebrities who support PETA have appeared on previous Macy’s parade floats or performed without controversy, PETA spokeswoman Moira Colley said. They include “Glee” actress Lea Michele, Jay McGuiness of “The Wanted”, singer Jay Sean, Alan Cumming and Carrie Underwood, Colley said.

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9 comments

  • swizzle

    Hilarious!

    Typical Republicans, they should have just entered a Klansman burning a cross, that’s about the best representation of South Dakota you can get.

  • Jason

    It’s always amazing how hypocritical libs get when the tables get turned on them. I bet swizzle thought it was GREAT when Teh Gheys called for boycotting Chick-Fil-A.

  • Paul DesChenes

    A lot of people just do not have a clue about South Dakota. One should take a drive fro Pierre to Aberdeen, across the thousands of acres of corn, oats, wheat soybeans and more. See the cattle herds.. the state feeds the country. The people there are of the earth, honest and hard working, more than I can say for the rest of the non-contributing parasite breeders we have. The state is comprised of small towns interconnected by a work ethic we should all have. My visits there have and will always impress me. Before you judge, go there and spend some time with good people.

  • john swanson

    “Focused on entertainment” B as in B,,,S as in S,,,,,show me a liberal like this Asshat,,,who at the drop of a hat,,,wouldn’t make a political statement,,,,even at the cost of her sponsors,,,,

  • Jenn

    WOW Swizzle way out of line. I know that you have never been to SD. This state is so beautiful filled with amazing hard working Americans. You have the right to your opinion but please keep your nasty hatred thoughts to yourself.

  • Annette Ashbaugh

    My family came out of South Dakota. Very hard working people and a beautiful state when I visited. I agree with the majority; you’re entitled to your opinions, but you have no right boxing a community of people when you don’t have a clue about them. You lose credibility that way.

  • Joseph Potenzone

    Swizzle, you have no clue. You should know that all Klansmen are Democrats and by the way the Republicans are the ones that fought for civil rights. You fell for the free pork that Demorats are giving you thus enslaving you again, economically. Get off your duff and contribute to society.

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