Update: Perhaps chastened by all the publicity the story has received, the US state department has now cancelled Andrew WK’s trip. . The news, mediated by DCist (via Pitchfork) , has been confirmed by a spokesperson for the US State Department, who said that the “embassy determined that was probably not a best choice and didn’t meet our standards” The state department also denied that Andrew WK had ever been officially named a “cultural ambassador”, stressing that he had been invited to the embassy in a civilian capacity.
Andrew WK’s Twitter reaction is priceless: “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.”
“PARTY TIP: Failure isn’t falling down. Failure is staying down when you still have the ability to get back up.”
“Making the world a better place, one party at a time. #ThatsThePowerOfPositivePartying”
“The power of joy, excitement, and positive celebration should never be doubted or second guessed. STAY PARTY.”
Fresh from having wigged out on a synthesiser powered by David Blaine, cult hero and professional hedonist Andrew W.K. is doing his bit for global relations.
As Pitchfork report, Andrew W.K. has been selected by the US Department Of State to head to Bahrain as a peace envoy and cultural ambassador. The party guru’s trip will included stop-offs at the University of Bahrain and primary schools, not to mention appearances at music venues in the country.
According to the singer, the tour is a “tremendous invitation. I’m very thankful to the Department of State for giving me the opportunity to visit a place I’ve never been before. And I feel very privileged and humbled by the chance to represent the United States of America and show the good people of Bahrain the power of positive partying. I can hardly wait for this adventure!”.
The jaunt sounds like a very different kettle of fish to that Brony-baiting speech at the My Little Pony convention. Andrew W.K. recently reissued his 2001 calling card I Get Wet.