Rockville-raised Joan Jett kicked off South Dakota float at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for PETA support

November 26, 2013|By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun

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

"I will remain focused on entertaining the millions of people watching, who will be celebrating a great American tradition," she said.

The rocker does have a bone to pick with one great American Thanksgiving tradition -- eating turkey.

According to PETA's site, Jett recorded a message for the organization urging activists to flood Butterball's Turkey Talk Line with calls asking for more humane treatment of the birds. 

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