Professional party planner Andrew WK does not ask for much in life. Give him a party, or a reason to party, or a potential place in which said partying could occur, and he will be able. But if you are the U.S. State Department, a decidedly non-party friendly entity, and you rescind Andrew WK's right to party, you will face his wrath.
Last week, it was announced that the singer would become a cultural ambassador to Bahrain to “promote music, freedom and positive party power.” But yesterday, the State Department rescinded the offer, with a spokesperson claiming that "when more senior management at the embassy took a look at this, the conclusion was that this was not an appropriate use of U.S. government funds.”
First off, yes, it is completely appropriate. Second, Andrew WK posted a heartfelt and impassioned letter on his website, clearing up some misconceptions about the trip and stating that he was all set and cleared to go on December 1. "When I was originally invited by our contact, it seemed everyone was aware of what I stand for with my positive attitude," said the singer. "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."
Read the full letter below and hope that the U.S. government eventually comes to its senses:
"I’m disappointed and puzzled by their change of heart and last minute decision. I was personally invited to take this trip by The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain over a year ago. They came to me. The first email they sent me is dated September 13th, 2011 asking me to give a motivational lecture in Bahrain. I was overjoyed and accepted their invitation immediately. We moved forward and completed their extensive approval process, background check, booked all the flights and travel, and had numerous phone calls with the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Office in Manama, Bahrain, who were handling the details. I was scheduled to fly to Bahrain on Saturday, Dec. 1st, 2012. We received our official itinerary from the State Dept. at 5:58am, on Monday, November 26th, 2012. Less than six hours later, we received an urgent telephone call informing us that the entire trip had been canceled, due to some higher level controversy.
"We couldn’t get any more information or answers as to why this was suddenly canceled at the last minute. 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.
"I would’ve done a great job and represented our nation with dignity and pride. Despite all these challenges, I still would love to go and I vow to continue partying, and working everyday to to unite our human race through the power of positive partying."