Joan Jett has decided not perform on the South Dakota float in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade after South Dakota ranchers protested her outspoken support of vegetarianism and animal rights. The "I Love Rock n' Roll" singer will remain in the parade, but not as a member of the South Dakota float.
"I've decided to switch from South Dakota to another float because peoples' 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 controversy began when members of the livestock industry in South Dakota began speaking out against Jett's appearance on the float. Jett has long supported People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a group that campaigns against the livestock industry.
Jodie Anderson of the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association told CNN that "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."
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