The U.S. State Department has seemingly stepped to block Andrew W.K.'s proposed trip to Bahrain.
It's been one of the week's most bizarre news stories. Andrew W.K. posted a statement on his website, stating that he had been appointed as a cultural ambassador to Bahrain with the singer said to be planning a series of live shows in the Middle East.
Vowing to party hard in Bahrain, Andrew W.K. was on typically buoyant form after the news broke. Sadly, it seems that the American rocker might just have gotten his hopes up in vain, with the U.S. State Department moving to scupper his plans.
Seemingly, the State Department have halted the proposed trip. DCist got in touch with a spokesperson, who explained that "the embassy determined that was probably not a best choice and didn't meet our standards".
Continuing, the spokesperson denied that Andrew W.K. had been made a cultural ambassador, as had initially been reported. Andrew W.K. reacted to the news on his Twitter feed in traditionally exuberant fashion: (via Pitchfork)
"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."
"PARTY TIP: Failure isn't falling down. Failure is staying down when you still have the ability to get back up."
"Making the world a better place, one party at a time. #ThatsThePowerOfPositivePartying"
"The power of joy, excitement, and positive celebration should never be doubted or second guessed. STAY PARTY."