After uproar, Joan Jett moves off SD's Thanksgiving Day parade float - Bring Me The News

After uproar, Joan Jett moves off SD's Thanksgiving Day parade float


South Dakota's ranchers have spoken and Joan Jett has listened: The rocker will no longer be featured on the state's float at Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade later this month, The Associated Press reports.

The president of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association led the outcry over the choice of Jett to ride the state's float in New York City on Nov. 28, because Jett is a vegetarian and a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Cory Eich called the move a "huge blunder” because PETA has previously criticized livestock production practices.

In a statement, Jett said, "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, 55, instead says she will "remain focused on entertaining the millions of people watching, who will be celebrating a great American tradition."

During the uproar, South Dakota Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen told the Rapid City Journal that he thought Jett was a good choice to help the state attract tourists.

Cattleman's Association's Executive Director Jodie Anderson had a slightly different take, telling the paper that the group hopes "future floats would support not only the tourism industry but also agriculture."

A Macy's official says the parade is looking to find a new act to ride on South Dakota's float.

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