State Department Bars Diplomats from the Ice Bucket Challenge

All the cool kids and their friends are dumping ice water on their heads to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s Disease (a.k.a amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a.k.a. ALS), and also $41.8 million dollars. But thanks to a dumb thing called “ethics rules,” the U.S. State Department has asked their high-ranking diplomats to refrain from publicly participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge — or, at least, the part where they dump ice water on their head — due to concerns about “preference and favoritism.”

“One of the Department’s primary missions is to protect human health abroad,” said an unclassified cable obtained by the AP, which complimented the ALS Association for the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Sadly, “there are firmly established rules preventing the use of public office, such as our ambassadors, for private gain, no matter how worthy the cause. Thus, high-ranking State Department officials are unfortunately unable to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge.”

No one gave the memo to US Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, or US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro (pictured above), so, uh, oops.

For the curious, here’s a copy of the legally justifiable, total killjoy memo:

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