Andrew W.K. was all set to show Bahrainis the "power of positive partying," until those buzzkills over at the State Department actually found out about it — then cancelled his would-be trip to the U.S. Embassy in Manama.
Actually, W.K. kind of blew the embassy's invitation out of proportion when he announced Friday his plans to visit the Gulf state as a "Cultural Ambassador of Partying." When contacted by DCist's Benjamin R. Freed, a State Department spokesperson said W.K. had never been designated a "cultural ambassador," and that artists and cultural figures are routinely asked to appear at embassies around the world. Not to be a party-pooper or anything, but W.K. may have gotten ahead of himself when he wrote:
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. 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!