SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Macy's is moving rocker Joan Jett off the South Dakota tourism float in its Thanksgiving Day parade after ranchers complained about having a vegetarian and animal rights advocate representing the state.
A Macy's spokesman says that Jett and her band the Blackhearts will be moved to another float. He says the annual parade is about entertainment, not advocacy.
All parties decided it was best to put a new performer on the South Dakota float, to be announced later.
Some South Dakota farmers and ranchers voiced concern over Jett because she is a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which promotes a vegetarian diet and criticizes livestock production practices.