Longtime vegetarian, advocate for animals, and representative for PETA, Joan Jett doesn’t give a damn about her reputation, but ranchers in South Dakota do: they want the rocker off their state float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
When the trade ranchers of “The Mount Rushmore State” learned of Joan Jett’s involvement in their float, they protested. Knowing her involvement with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and her pride and outspoken beliefs in vegetarianism, they feared having the fierce advocate aboard, considering livestock production makes up a large portion of South Dakota’s economy.
“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 a CNN reporter.
Taking it in stride, Jett said the following in a statement regarding the matter: “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. I will remain focused on entertaining the millions of people watching, who will be celebrating a great American tradition.”
PETA, of course, had a comment about the cattle workers’ protest, saying it draws attention to the cruelty involved in factory farming and meat production. “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.
It hasn’t yet been announced which float Joan Jett and Blackhearts will be featured on instead, but considering the way the South Dakota meat pushers have pulled away their welcome mat, I’m sure Jett would be happy to put her dime in another state’s jukebox. It also hasn’t been announced who will be performing on the South Dakota float in Jett’s place. Ted Nugent, perhaps?
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