Rocker Joan Jett has been kicked out of South Dakota's float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade because of her vegetarian views, which angered the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, a trade group of ranchers.
Jett was targeted by the ranchers for expressing her opinion (protected under the First Amendment) on livestock production, her vegetarian lifestyle and support of PETA.
"So, of course, 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," Jodie Anderson, of the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, told KEVN.
A Macy's spokesman said that Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will ride in another float and another performer, who is presumably pre-approved by the ranchers, will ride in the state float.
According to CNN, Jett stated on Saturday, "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. I will remain focused on entertaining the millions of people watching, who will be celebrating a great American tradition."
PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews said in a statement, "Thanks to South Dakota's reactionary ranchers, people across the country have learned why Joan Jett supports PETA. The meat trade can't stand any scrutiny of its cruelty,"
Sources: CNN and KEVN