Joan Jett pulled from the Mt. Rushmore float at Thanksgiving Day - KOTA Territory News

Joan Jett pulled from the Mt. Rushmore float at Thanksgiving Day parade


Because of backlash from South Dakota ranchers, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will not perform on the state's float in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Jett, a vegetarian and animal rights advocate, will perform on another float according to a parade spokesman.

"Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is solely about entertainment. The Parade has never taken on, promoted or otherwise engaged in social commentary, political debate, or other forms of advocacy, no matter how worthy. Macy's intention is only to provide a range of entertaining elements and performers free of endorsements or agendas. With that in mind and to prevent any further distraction from our entertainment mission, the Macy's Parade team is happy to confirm that the legendary Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will grace our line-up on a different float, ready to bring millions of spectators an incredible performance on Thanksgiving Day. All parties have decided to move forward with a new performer for the South Dakota float,  to be announced at a later date. We are honored to have Joan Jett and the Blackhearts as a part of this year's festivities," said Orlando Veras

Ranchers felt that she didn't represent the livestock industry, a huge part of South Dakota's economy.



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