Rockville-raised Joan Jett kicked off South Dakota float at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for PETA support
By By Julie Scharper and The Baltimore Sun
Nov 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM
It seems that the state of South Dakota has a beef with Joan Jett.
Or a lack of beef, more accurately.
Jett, who spent her formative years in Rockville, is a vegetarian and an animal rights activist. She's so committed to animal rights that she's about to appear on some PETA-themed United States Postal Service stamps.
And that means the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association has a problem with Jett appearing on the state's float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, according to CNN.
"Many livestock producers expressed concern about whether Joan Jett was an appropriate representative for an agriculturally oriented state like South Dakota," association executive director Jodie Anderson told CNN.
So Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were moved off of South Dakota, to another, unspecified state.
"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, according to CNN.