Joan Jett has been removed from a float representing South Dakota in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after ranchers protested her appearance. cnn.com reports that the 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, was caused ranchers to protest her appearance on the float.
“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.”
Jodie Anderson of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association told CNN affiliate KEVN, “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.”
Another undetermined performer will take Jett’s place on the South Dakota float, in between all those bullshit broadway productions numbers that will never be a “parade” to me.