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Joan Jett Ousted From Thanksgiving Day Parade Float

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Rocker Joan Jett isn’t getting any love from the state of South Dakota after protesters forced her to change floats for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, reports CNN.

Joan was set to represent the state’s float during the parade, but ranchers protested her involvement because of her support of the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which “promotes a vegetarian diet and condemns factory farms and ranches.”

According to Jodie Anderson of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, ranchers protested Joan’s affiliation with the state “so heavily reliant on agriculture and livestock production” due to her adamant support of PETA.

Though she will no longer represent the state by riding on the float, Joan will still be taking part in the parade festivities on a different float.

“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.”

Do you think it was right for Joan Jett to be ousted from the South Dakota state float? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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