The Diplomatic Implications of Partying 'Til You Puke
Susan Rice needs to take a moment to think about whether she wants the job at Foggy Bottom. From Time:
In a rather unexpected—or, rather, very unexpected—post on his website on Nov. 23, the rocker known as Andrew W.K. shared some surprising news with his fans: he wrote that he had been appointed a cultural ambassador of the United States and would soon travel to Bahrain on behalf of the State Department to promote the positive vibes and good times for which he is known. It was all on behalf of spreading the party all over the world, the singer said in his statement: “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!”
If you're not familiar with Andrew W.K. -- in which case I would suggest a few moments of silent thanks directed towards the divinity of your choice -- you may not realize just how awkward an emissary of American culture overseas he would make.
Long-haired, permanently clad in a white t-shirt, and frequently sporting an intentionally bloodied nose (he reportedly bashed himself in the face with a brick to get the look right for the cover of his 2001 album, "I Get Wet," the title no doubt a tribute to The Tempest), he cuts the figure of someone you've, at some point in your life, thrown out of your basement. As for his canon, it's ... shall we say, homogenous. The "I Get Wet" album featured tracks as diverse as "It's Time to Party", "Party Hard", and "Party Til You Puke." So let the record show that the gentleman is in favor of leisure.
Some of the latest reporting has suggested that W.K.'s announcement was a hoax, but that's not quite the State Department line. From Brokelyn:
A State Department spokesperson told us the following: “Andrew WK had been invited by the US Embassy in Bahrain to be part of a cultural speakers program, but upon further review, the program was canceled because it did not meet the standards of the State Department.”
I can't imagine why: