UPDATE: In heartbreaking news for party lovers everywhere, the State Department of Party Poopers has canceled Andrew W.K.'s trip to Bahrain, saying that the musician had never officially been designated a "cultural ambassador." A State Department spokesperson told Brokelyn that “the program was canceled because it did not meet the standards of the State Department.”
The rep said that embassies often invite artists to perform or participate in cultural exchange activities, but that the State Department had decided not to approve W.K.'s trip to Bahrain.
Andrew is pretty heartbroken himself:
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
ORIGINAL POST: Who says international relations has to be stuffy? Andrew W.K., the musician best known for a bloody-faced 2001 album cover and a commitment to partying hard, will represent the United States in an official capacity as a "cultural ambassador" to the Middle East. Andrew W.K.'s website explains the mission:
Here's what Andrew had to say about the appointment:
Andrew W.K., a fearless crusader for partying and good times, confirmed his appointment via Twitter and reasserted his commitment to world peace.
Shocked by the confusion over my trip to the Middle East? It's NOT fake! I really am going there to party! huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/24/and…— ANDREW WK (@AndrewWK) November 26, 2012
@andrewwk PARTY IS A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE— Kate Burning (@kateburning) November 26, 2012
Partying is our best hope for world peace.— ANDREW WK (@AndrewWK) November 25, 2012
What do I have in common with Boy Scouts, Mickey Mouse, and U.S. Soldiers? WE ALL LOVE PARTYING: twitpic.com/bgj50d— ANDREW WK (@AndrewWK) November 26, 2012
For a taste of Bahrain's impending good times, here's Andrew delivering a motivational speech to bronies at a My Little Pony convention in Ohio in October.
Good luck, Bahrain.