South Dakota Cattlemen Don’t Want Joan Jett on State’s Thanksgiving Float

Jett. Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Rock icon Joan Jett was all set to perform on a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float representing South Dakota, that is until the state’s Cattlemen’s Association realized that Jett’s prominent vegetarianism and public stance against factory farming were kind of at odds with their group’s pro-meat agenda. People on both sides of the conflict are now calling the move to replace the musician with an as-yet-unnamed performer a win for their side: “[W]e 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,” the cattlemen say; “Thanks to South Dakota’s reactionary ranchers, people across the country have learned why Joan Jett supports PETA,” claims a PETA representative. Jett will perform on another float in the same parade; the people of South Dakota lose, once again. [CNN via Brooklyn Vegan]