Andrew WK’s trip to Bahrain as a Cultural Ambassador promoting “music, freedom and positive party power” has been canceled by the State Department. He was invited by the State Department, but they removed all of his appearances as WK was “not the best choice and didn’t meet our standards.”
Needless to say, WK was not pleased. He has since responded with a message on his web-site that in part read:
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.