The singer had hoped to be off to Bahrain on a trip as a cultural ambassador, but the U.S. State Department said, “Not so fast.”
Andrew W.K. may have been a bit confused by an invitation by the State Department to the U.S. Embassy in Manama, Bahrain. The infamous partier posted a message on his website regarding the invitation, saying he was named a cultural ambassador to the Middle East.
“This 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,” the singer said, according to Pitchfork. “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!”
Now both parties seem pretty confused about the situation, although the State Department confirms that W.K. was in fact invited.
“While Andrew W.K. was invited by a US embassy ‘cultural speakers program’ for a possible overseas trip to Bahrain, the embassy in Manama later determined that the program was ‘not appropriate’ and canceled it promptly some time ago,” the State Department told the Huffington Post.
W.K.’s original post on his website said he would be visiting Bahrain “to promote partying and positive power,” said the Huffington Post. “Andrew will begin his journey the first week of December 2012 and will visit elementary schools, the University of Bahrain, music venues, and more, all while promoting partying and world peace.”
Noel Clay with Slate.com spoke with the State Department, which said the invitation had been “a mistake and not appropriate” and the visit would not be happening. As of Monday though, W.K., or Andrew Wilkes-Krier, said his website post was “ABSOLUTELY TRUE.”
W.K. is still accepted by a different group though. A self-described “brony,” he recently was asked to speak at a My Little Pony convention. The title of his speech was “What Would Pinkie Pie Do?”