We have disappointing news for all readers who love to “Party ‘Til [They] Puke” (and who doesn’t?): Contrary to earlier reports, famed downtown New York rock star, nightclub owner and hype-man Andrew W.K. will NOT serve as the USA’s “cultural ambassador” promoting “partying and positive power” in the Middle Eastern nation of Bahrain.
Bahrain, like Syria, is a troubled monarchy that has yet to overcome the events of the Arab Spring nearly two years ago–but its residents apparently do like to “Party Hard”. We’ll let (the very irritated) State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland explain the confusion:
“We had a Bahraini entity that approached the embassy about co-sponsoring a visit by this guy who I take it is pretty popular there in Bahrain. That was initially approved, and then when more senior management at the embassy took a look at this, the conclusion was that this was not an appropriate use of U.S. government funds.”
The department supposedly came to this conclusion “when they looked at the body of his work”. Would that be work like this classic 2001 hit by the composer of such gems as “We Want Fun” and “Make Sex?”
OK, so this is a fun story, but it does raise a few Important Questions:
Who was that suspicious “Bahraini entity”? Do the citizens of repressive Middle Eastern monarchies/dream vacation destinations truly enjoy jokey early-00’s hard rock? Did anyone even remember Andrew WK before last week?
We have no idea. Explain yourself, Andy:
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
Now tell us: does this whole ordeal sound like a PR stunt from a man known for going a little insane while rocking the house? Maybe it does…
Here’s an interesting fact: WK claims that he achieved his avatar’s “bloody nose” look by hitting himself repeatedly in the face with a brick.
Make of that what you will. How could anyone not take this dude seriously?
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