The U.S. Department of State has officially rescinded its invitation to rocker Andrew W.K. to represent the United States as its “Cultural Ambassador”. According to W.K., he was formally invited by the State Department to visit Bahrain during the week of December 2nd, 2012 and promote his message of music, freedom, and positive party power. However, according to The DCist, The State Department revoked that invitation today, commenting that the rocker “was not the best choice and didn’t meet our standards.”
Andrew W.K., the self-proclaimed “King of Partying”, felt slighted by the un-vitation and took to Twitter to respond, stating: “I’m just blown away. After a year of planning, the US State Dept. just canceled my Middle East trip because I’m too party.” He later elaborated his feelings on his website: “I’m disappointed and puzzled by their change of heart and last minute decision. When I was originally invited by our contact, it seemed everyone was aware of what I stand for with my positive attitude. They were aware of how I look and my high-energy rock music. They were excited to bring my message of living life to the fullest to the people in the Middle East. I was thrilled at the opportunity to represent my country and the spirit of inclusive and open-minded freedom that makes our nation so special and inspiring. So, for a Department of State representative to say Andrew W.K. ‘doesn’t meet their standards’ after they invited me and planned my trip for a year.. well, that doesn’t meet my standards either. You can’t judge a book by its cover.” (Andrew W.K. official website)
In addition to being a full-time partier, W.K. is also a motivational speaker and has delivered speeches at Harvard, Yale, Carnegie Mellon, Northeastern University, Hollins University, University of Michigan, Concordia College, and SXSW. He recently participated in a publicity stunt with magician David Blaine, where he sent an electrifying 1,000,000-volt solo coursing through Blaine’s body.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland responded to the W.K. situation at a press briefing not mentioning W.K. by name but commenting, “I think the conclusion was when [senior management] looked at the body of his work that we didn’t need to be part of this invitation. There may have been some preliminary conversations with him, but he will not be going to Bahrain on the U.S. government’s dime.”
For more information on Andrew W.K. and to read his official statement, visit: http://www.andrewwk.com/