Andrew W.K. to State Department: 'Why Did You Decide I Wasn't Appropriate?'
“I’m disappointed and puzzled by their change of heart and last minute decision," said Andrew W.K. in a statement about the U.S. Department of State's recent decision to rescind its offer to send the King of Partying to the Middle East as a cultural ambassador.
As previously reported, pubic puzzlement, mockery and outrage resulted from the announcement last week that would send W.K. to share his "music and partying" with the people of Bahrain. Then, on Monday, a spokesman from the State Department called this previous decision “a mistake and not appropriate,” and said they would no longer be working with the 33-year-old musician, television host and motivational speaker best known for the 2001 single "Party Hard," from the album I Get Wet. The trip was scheduled to take place Dec. 2.
Andrew W.K. commented in a statement on his website, saying the State Department had approached him more than a year ago, inviting him to take this trip. He was "overjoyed and accepted," and they moved forward through an extensive approval process. Flights were booked and itineraries were set until he received an urgent telephone call informing him 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."
He continued, "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.”
Andrew W.K. added via Twitter: "Answer please: @StateDept Why did you decide I wasn't appropriate? And who was it exactly that changed their mind about my trip?" His final missive? "What doesn't kill us makes us party."
Maybe Andrew W.K. will take a cue from the Black Lips and plot his own tour of the Middle East.