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Joan Jett switches from Macy’s South Dakota float after ranchers protest

November 21, 2013
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Source CNN
By Michael Martinez and Carolyn Sung

(CNN) — 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, CNN affiliate 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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meatballers twisted in a knot…
you bet!
they cannot stand the heat
from the veggie kitchen
of joan jett :)

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2013 1:03 pm

    I must not be understanding this story, why would Joan Jett have anything to do with this? Seems like hypocritical.


    • November 21, 2013 1:45 pm

      Maybe she was just trying to bring some vegetarianism to the holiday – ? But for certain we know why people complained – bastard meat execs getting their panties in a twisty.


  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    November 21, 2013 2:20 pm

    meatballers twisted in a knot…
    you bet!
    they cannot stand the heat
    from the veggie kitchen
    of joan jett


  3. November 21, 2013 6:14 pm

    Reblogged this on Sherlockian's Blog.


  4. November 21, 2013 11:03 pm

    Reblogged this on " OUR WORLD".


  5. November 22, 2013 8:18 am

    Sounds like the trade group for ranchers kicked themselves in the head, but I’m not crying for them!


  6. November 26, 2013 1:20 pm

    CNN, do they say truth any time,,,?


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