Mount Rushmore Parade Float Controversy (UPDATE)
A couple years ago South Dakota’s Department of Tourism sponsored a Mount Rushmore float in the parade with Neil Diamond riding it and singing his song “America”. Last year Don McLean, the “American Pie” guy rode the float.
This year it will be Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and I’m just wondering who chose them. But not for the reasons some South Dakota farmers and ranchers are. Joan Jett is a familiar face at appearance venues here in the state, but never as a pseudo-representative of South Dakota.
The president of the South Dakota Cattleman’s Association thinks its a mistake to have Ms. Jett because she is a vegetarian and an animal rights advocate and says he “could not disapprove more”.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy their music, but I’m trying to imagine the look of surprise on our four president’s faces when she starts belting out, “Do You Wanna Touch Me?”, “I Love Rock-n-Roll” or “Bad Reputation”!