Joan Jett booted from parade float for vegetarian views
November 16th, 2013
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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 Ethic 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, CNN affiliate KEVN reported.

Read - Joan Jett switches from Macy's South Dakota float after ranchers protest

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  1. Ryan Goodman

    I think it's worth considering the viewpoint of South Dakota ranchers on this one. The SD Dept of Tourism used their tax dollars to promote (on a national stage) a person who staunchly supports a radical organization who wants to put those very ranchers out of business. They peacefully voiced their opinion on something that dearly mattered to them and affected them. I think that's something that doesn't happen as often as it used to. Here's one SD Rancher's point of view –

    November 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
  2. MissMe

    Love her! Joan wins this one. Can't wait to see this. Good one, Bill!

    November 19, 2013 at 10:42 am |
  3. james

    A cow who should have been put out to musical pasture years ago. Entirely appropriate for her to be on that float.

    November 18, 2013 at 9:35 am |
  4. Thinking things through

    From what I understand, the parade isn't about views on food, just celebrating Thanksgiving. As a tried and true omnivore, I say let Joan Jett ROCK ON on a parade float! Let's not be politically correct on this, okay? And her music rocks, for sure.

    November 18, 2013 at 12:25 am |
  5. Bill

    She don't give a d**n about PETA's bad reputation ... *guitar riff*

    November 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm |
  6. RC

    "I've decided to switch floats". No you didn't, you were REMOVED!

    November 17, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
  7. Shadow

    FALSE headline..Isn't this supposed to be a legit news site? Jett changed floats, due to South Dakota ranchers making their differences a political thing. She WILL be on another float.

    November 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      The question is, will it be ROOTbeer?

      November 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
      • RC

        She looks like a crazy Liza Minelli in that pic.

        November 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
  8. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Sometimes I wonder what vegans think about Venus Fly Traps

    November 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
    • Mah Maaaan

      November 21, 2013 at 6:56 am |
  9. karen14217

    So much for respecting other people's opinions. Whatever happened to freedom of speech?

    November 17, 2013 at 10:18 am |
  10. karen14217

    So much for respecting other people's opinions. No freedom of speech anymore.....

    November 17, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • Carn E. Vore

      "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances"

      Please, do tell: how was Joan Jett's constitutional right to free speech violated by any laws made by Congress?

      November 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
  11. Cynthia Avishegnath

    So, ranchers in SD think they own SD? Anyone divergent from their views is subjected to their oligarchic authority and ownership of the state?

    Can I now presume that SD is an oligarchy of ranchers?

    November 17, 2013 at 3:43 am |
    • Ryan Goodman

      Well... the farmers and ranchers would be the biggest contributors to the SD economy and land-use. So, yeah, voicing their opinion might be important when considering how all their tax dollars are spent on such a national stage.

      November 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
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