Andrew W.K.’s plans of bringing his partying philosophy to the Middle East as a Cultural Ambassador for the United States have been cancelled by the US Department of State. As reported by Spinner, officials behind the decision to send Andrew W.K. to the Middle East changed their minds after further consideration.
“The embassy determined that [Andrew W.K.] was probably not a best choice and didn’t meet our standards,” a State Department spokesperson explained to DCist. Furthermore the spokesperson went on to say that Andrew W.K. was never officially a ‘Cultural Ambassodor’. Rather W.K. had been asked to speak at the US embassy in Manama, which routinely invites artists and cultural figures to make appearances.
However, Andrew W.K. insists the cancelled trip isn’t as simple as a change of heart. Although not delving into detail, The One-Man-Party wrote an e-mail to DCist that stated: “It’s not as simple as they’re making it.”
A clearly upset Andrew W.K. also took to his Twitter account to express his disappointment and surprise that he had been uninvited by the US Department of State.
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.
— ANDREW WK (@AndrewWK) November 26, 2012