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: