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5:42 pm - 11/26/2012

Oops nevermind: Andrew W.K.'s Middle-East trip canceled

A State Department spokesperson has announced that singer-songwriter, entrepeneur, and all-around embodiment of sprezzatura Andrew W.K. will not represent the United States as a cultural ambassador to Bahrain.


Spokesperson Noel Clay said the planned trip was "a mistake and not appropriate." The Department has rescinded the invitation.


A.W.K., born Andrew Wilkes-Krier, was reportedly invited by the State Department to visit the Islamic kingdom to act as an example of "American culture and spirit." 


Critics trashed the move as a frivolous use of public funds. Other have said the expedition legitimizes Bahrain's government, which is accused of violently suppressing demonstrations against the prison sentences of activists convicted of plotting to overthrow the monarchy. The rocker's message has always centered on peace and self-determination among individuals.


Wilkes-Krier took to Twitter to respond to the news. He revealed the government had been planning the trip with him for a year, and his invitation was rescinded because he is "too party." He concluded:





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phallus 26th-Nov-2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
A.W.K., born Andrew Wilkes-Krier, was reportedly invited by the State Department to visit the Islamic kingdom to act as an example of "American culture and spirit."



Wait.. what? Is this for real????
marywebgirl 26th-Nov-2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
MTE. I thought it was an Onion article when I first saw it this morning.
__nocturna 26th-Nov-2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
bahahahaha omg Andrew WK as our ambassador

he would solve a lot of problems imo. He just wants to party and have a goodt ime!
shanny_w 27th-Nov-2012 12:04 am (UTC)
he should be earths ambassador to the star ppl imo
forcestrong 27th-Nov-2012 12:22 am (UTC)
I feel like I just read a similar story about another band being sent by the State Dept to a country that had long banned western acts. But I think that was Myanmar/Burma and the band was more obscure.

It sorta makes sense. Appeal to a younger generation with entertainment, show them that the US isn't evil, and maybe that generation will become the next leaders who don't distrust the US so much.
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